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Afghanistan Eid car bomb, claimed by Islamic State, kills 26

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:30

By Rupam Jain and Qadir Sediqi KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire. Islamic State claimed responsibility. The Taliban had already denied involvement.

Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warns

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:58

A study in the journal Pediatrics links lack of sleep to higher odds for heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. It found that less than a third of kids get the recommended amount of sleep.

Tent camp built near border to house migrant children separated from parents

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:47

2,000 children have been separated from their parents in the last six weeks, housed in a former Walmart or small group homes, as part of the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policy.

2 Kansas sheriff's deputies die after inmate-involved shooting, police say

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:45

A second sheriff's deputy died early Saturday from injuries suffered when an inmate who was being transported in Kansas City overpowered two officers and shot them.

Kind Texas Cop Buys Groceries for Man Whose Were Stolen When He Fainted Outside

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:42

She said it's part of her job.

Migrant father: 'Just destroyed' by separation from children caused by Trump policy

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:11

MSNBC’s Mariano Atencio reports from the Catholic Charities Christian shelter center in McAllen, Texas, the next stop for many migrants after they’ve been released from detention centers.

The Next Great China Threat: An Invasion of the Philippines?

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:04

It's not clear whether the warning was prompted by genuine fears of Chinese aggression or Filipino domestic politics. The Philippines should prepare to be invaded by China, warns a former top Philippines defense official. "Within hours, the Chinese can destroy most of the country's defense facilities and probably some of our cities," former secretary of national defense and national security adviser Norberto Gonzales told Philippines news site Rappler.

Eid truce between Afghan army and Taliban marred by deadly blast

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 09:36

A blast at a ceasefire meeting of Taliban fighters in the country's east has killed up to 20 even as the war-weary country celebrated an unprecedented holiday truce in the long-running conflict. The explosion hit a meeting in Nangarhar province as fighters met to mark the Taliban's three-day ceasefire to mark the religious festival of Eid al-Fitr. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion. At least one hardline Taliban splinter faction had previously said it would not abide by the truce, while the area is also known as a stronghold of the Islamic State group. Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, provincial police chief, said the attack in Rodat district came as dozens of fighters had gathered to celebrate the truce and most of the dead were Taliban. The blast came at the end of a day which had seen widespread jubilation and scenes of Taliban and Afghan military adversaries greeting each other with hugs and selfies in a large number of Afghan towns. People celebrate ceasefire in Rodat district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan Credit: REUTERS/Parwiz President Ashraf Ghani, who first announced a week-long break in hostilities as a peace overture, on Saturday said he would extend his own truce and called on the Taliban to follow. The unexpected scenes even saw dozens of unarmed militants enter the Afghan capital. Insurgent fighters  entered Kabul through gates in the south and southeast and traffic jams formed where people stopped to take pictures of the fighters with their flags. The Taliban urged people to come forward and take photos with them. Taliban members celebrate ceasefire in Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan Credit: REUTERS/Parwiz "They are unarmed as they handed over their weapons at the entrances," Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told Reuters. Their weapons would be returned when they leave, he said. In provincial and district capitals, Taliban militants rode motorbikes into towns normally under siege from the insurgent violence and the fighters exchanged greetings with police and soldiers. Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other  Credit: NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images Mohammad Amir, a resident of Kunduz which in 2015 was briefly overrun by insurgents, said "I could not believe my eyes. I saw Taliban and police standing side by side and taking selfies." The surprise truce follows years of fruitless peace overtures and thwarted diplomacy to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of Afghans and more than 450 British troops. "I am here to offer greetings to our brothers in the police and army," one Taliban commander called Baba told AFP in eastern Nangahar. "We have held the ceasefire well so far. Everyone is tired of war and if our leaders order us to continue the ceasefire, we will hold it forever," he added. Other fighters said peace could only be found when international troops led by America had left the country.

World Cup in Kenya prison

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 09:15

As part of their rehabilitation, inmates at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in rural Kenya are playing their own version of the World Cup, with teams named after the countries competing at the real thing.

The Week's Most Important Car Numbers

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 09:00

From a new BMW to a powerful Aston Martin, these are the most important numbers of the week.

Figures show about 2,000 minors separated from families

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 08:47

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 2,000 minors have been separated from their families at the U.S. border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures obtained by The Associated Press.

New Mazda RX-9 Render Is One Step Closer To Rotary Comeback

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 08:00

Wankel’s return should come in a muscular sports coupe.

Founder of 'revolutionary' US blood-testing startup once valued at $9bn charged with fraud

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 07:48

Theranos was established by Elizabeth Holmes in 2003 when she was just a 19-year-old Stanford drop out. Within a year it had won $6m (£4.5m) backing from investors attracted by Ms Holmes’s desire to disrupt the industry monopoly over blood tests – and she was toasted as a rising star of Silicon Valley. Ms Holmes and Mr Balwani claimed the Theranos analyser could perform a full range of clinical tests using tiny blood samples drawn from a finger stick, asserting that its results were more accurate, reliable and faster than those from conventional blood tests.

Not seeing red: Missing Apple’s color strategy

Macworld - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 07:00

When you have a small point to make—that Apple has trended toward slightly muter tones in its products and offloaded the more extreme color optioning to cases and bands to allow customers more options for accessorizing—the best way to make it is to loudly declare Apple has killed “fun.” That’s just basic punditry, people.

“Apple killed fun.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Shawn King.)

Just to watch it die. May or may not have happened in Reno. Still waiting for the forensics. The body of fun was found in the desert, 40 miles east.

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Vietnam launches probe into American detained for 'public disorder'

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 06:05

Vietnam police have launched a formal criminal investigation into an American man who was among dozens arrested last week during rare protests that erupted across the authoritarian state. American citizen William Anh Nguyen, 32, was detained in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday during a massive rally protesting a government proposal to grant lengthy land leases in new special economic zones. Many protesters expressed fear the land would be handed to China, and thousands gathered in several cities across the country to demand the government not lease land to Beijing for "even one day".

Japan urges N. Korea to jointly break mutual distrust

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 03:09

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to jointly overcome their mutual distrust, as he confirmed ongoing efforts to arrange a Japan-North Korea summit. In a television interview, Abe said his government has contacted the North Korean side "through various channels" in a bid to arrange a meeting with Kim. During historic talks with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on Tuesday, Kim reportedly said he was open to a meeting with Abe.

Both Trump, critics find things to like in watchdog report

Top Stories - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House.

Jennifer Hudson sings 'Amazing Grace' at the March for Our Lives: Road to Change rally

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 22:56

Chance the Rapper and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords also participated in the Chicago rally on Friday.

Boy tells police that driver shot family in road rage run-in

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:54

DENVER (AP) — A 12-year-old boy told police he saw a driver open fire on his family during a road rage confrontation in Colorado, killing his older brother and critically wounding his mother and younger brother, authorities said Friday.

The United States’ Long History Of Separating Families Of Color

Top Stories - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 17:29

The Trump administration's policy of separating children from their families


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