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  • Gold Star Moms Blast Trump For Delayed Response To Soldiers' Deaths

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    The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq called President Donald Trump’s delayed response to the deaths of U.S. service members in Niger an abdication of his first duty as commander in chief ― “to acknowledge the sacrifice of one of his military members.”

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:23:08 -0400
  • Man tortured girlfriend’s son to death because he thought he was gay: prosecutor

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    (KTLA) -- A man who is accused of torturing his girlfriend's 8-year-old son to death killed the child because he thought the boy was gay, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office prosecutor said during opening statements Monday.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:16:00 -0400
  • ISIS Losing Its 'Capital' Is A Pivotal Defeat For The Terrorist Group

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    The self-described Islamic State finally lost its tenuous grip on the Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday as U.S.-backed forces retook the extremist group’s last major urban territory following a four-month military campaign.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:41:23 -0400
  • U.S. diplomat warns to be 'prepared for the worst' right after N. Korean official reportedly shuts down diplomacy

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    Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday that while the State Department remained focused on quelling tensions with North Korea through diplomatic channels, that the nation and world must remain prepared for the possibility that those efforts will fail.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:55:33 -0400
  • Woman Claims Delta Stopped Her From Singing National Anthem For Slain Soldier

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    A Georgia doctor claims that Delta Air Lines prevented her from singing the national anthem to honor a slain soldier whose casket was on her plane.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:40:51 -0400
  • Confederate monuments vandalized in 2 Virginia cities

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Confederate monuments in two Virginia cities have been vandalized this week.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:35:13 -0400
  • Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex

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    Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis, state media reported Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told The Herald that President Robert Mugabe had directed that the importation of horticultural products be stopped "as they waste much-needed foreign currency". "The foreign currency being wasted on the importation of carrots and grapes will now be utilised towards the purchase of more fertilisers and pesticides," he said.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:58:32 -0400
  • Air Berlin pilots suspended after saying 'dignified goodbye' with fly-by stunt at Düsseldorf Airport

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    The pilots of an Air Berlin flight that performed a fly-past during the insolvent carrier's last long-haul flight to its hub in Düsseldorf have been suspended, the airline said on Wednesday. When coming into land from Miami on Monday morning, the A330 jet flew low across the runway, then pulled up and banked sharply to the left before landing on its second approach. Pilots are trained in such "go-around" procedures for aborted landings, but the manoeuvre was unusual and the German aviation authorities are investigating. "In aviation, safety always comes first. We are taking the incident very seriously," an Air Berlin spokesman said. The Air Berlin pilot had requested permission from the tower to make a left turn should a go-around be necessary. "We wanted to make a mark, a dignified and emotional goodbye," the Air Berlin pilot was quoted as saying by German broadcaster ZDF. His identity was not given. Another pilot for a different carrier told Reuters that a go-around should be performed only for operational or safety reasons. "Electing to do one if it is known not to be required adds an unnecessary risk," he said. Several videos of the incident can be viewed online. In one, control tower staff can be heard exclaiming as the plane flies past, with one person saying: "We are all in awe." The Air Berlin spokesman said the videos raised questions that had to be answered as part of the investigation. Air Berlin filed for insolvency on August 15 and Lufthansa has signed a deal to buy large parts of its operations. The airline will fly its final short-haul flights under the Air Berlin brand at the end of this month.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:46:01 -0400
  • Missing Joshua Tree hikers' bodies discovered ‘locked in embrace’

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    Locked in an embrace, the bodies of a pair of hikers who went missing three months ago in California’s Joshua Tree national park are thought to have been found. Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20, had been missing since 28 July, after they failed to check out of their Airbnb.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:41:56 -0400
  • Trump defends false claim that predecessors didn't call fallen soldiers' families: 'There’s nothing to clarify'

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    “You could ask Gen. Kelly if he got a call from Obama,” the president says in a Fox News Radio interview.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:38:36 -0400
  • Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Muslim Teen's Accused Killer

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    A man accused of killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in Sterling, Virginia in June may face the death penalty after a grand jury charged him with capital murder and rape on Monday.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:01:17 -0400
  • Missing Fla. Woman’s Remains Found a Year Later Thanks to Ring She Was Wearing Engraved with ‘MOM’

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    Tia Bonta was by all accounts a doting mother living in Orlando, Florida, with her baby boy — so when the 25-year-old vanished last August, her family prepared for the worst

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:47:25 -0400
  • Mom's incredible hack for getting her child to take medicine goes viral

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    No matter the flavor, from orange to grape, we have vivid memories of being force-fed a spoonful, only to quickly chase it down with a glass of milk or a treat. England's Helena Lee was trying to feed her newborn Calpol when she remembered reading about this trick -- all you need is a bottle and syringe.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:29:06 -0400
  • Judge Orders Trump Administration To Turn Over DACA Emails

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    The Trump administration must turn over all emails and memos used to make its decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 program created to protect undocumented youths from deportation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:14:18 -0400
  • Bill Cosby Accusers Demand Academy Kick Out Cosby And Polanski Too

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    Two of the more than 50 women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault are demanding he and film producer Roman Polanski be immediately removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:57:02 -0400
  • Still standing: Photos capture abandoned buildings after years of neglect 

    A Dutch photographer has released a series of photos of abandoned buildings throughout France that nature is slowly reclaiming.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:52:58 -0400
  • Rohingya man refugee again 40 years after leaving Bangladesh

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    Nearly four decades ago Fazol Ahmed returned to his native Myanmar with his family under a Rohingya repatriation scheme. Now he is back in the teeming camps of Bangladesh with his wife and children, a refugee once again. Ahmed is among the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have crossed into Bangladesh since an upsurge in violence in neighbouring Myanmar in August that the UN has said amounts to ethnic cleansing.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:02:19 -0400
  • Iraqi gov't assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areas

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk — a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important territories.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:32:05 -0400
  • McCain on Willingness to Work With Trump 'Dumb Question'

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    Sen. John McCain chastised a reporter who questioned if he would continue to work with Donald Trump after criticizing him. Lawrence O'Donnell says McCain, who likely won't seek another term, has "nothing left to lose."

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:01:58 -0400
  • Man 'raped and killed Muslim teenage girl' on way to mosque

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    Darwin Torres, 22, attacked 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and a group of her friends in Sterling, Virginia, after they had eaten a meal together following a day-long fast during Ramadan. Torres was indicted on charges of the abduction with intent to defile, first degree murder and rape of Hassanen in June. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh told reporters he intended to seek the death penalty, but declined to talk further as the case was pending, according to The Washington Post.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:30:02 -0400
  • Delaware Woman Worried About Deportation Allegedly Drowns Infant Son and His 5-Year-Old Brother: Police

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    A Delaware woman worried about being deported — even though she was in the country legally — was charged with murder earlier this week after allegedly drowning her 5-month-old son and his 5-year-old half-brother, police say

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:22:18 -0400
  • Freed Taliban Hostage Caitlan Coleman Reportedly Rushed To Hospital

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    Caitlan Coleman, the American woman who spent five years as a hostage of the Taliban, was reportedly rushed to the hospital less than a week after her release from captivity.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:43:32 -0400
  • California Becomes First State To Legally Recognize A Third Gender

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    California Governor Jerry Brown signed first-of-its kind legislation over the weekend that enables residents of the state to choose a third, non-binary gender category on California state-issued IDs, birth certificates and driver’s licenses.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:45:28 -0400
  • These are the world's best cities of 2017: CN Traveler

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    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:31:04 -0400
  • Billy Joel, 68, and wife Alexis Roderick are expecting a baby

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    Billy Joel will soon have three Uptown Girls to worry about!

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:01:30 -0400
  • Georgia State Senator Offers Free Bump Stock In Wake Of Vegas Massacre

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    A state senator in Georgia who is running for governor is asserting his stance on gun rights by giving away a bump stock “to one lucky winner” in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:27:07 -0400
  • Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second time

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    DENVER (AP) — A Peruvian woman has sought sanctuary for a second time in Colorado rather than board a Tuesday flight to her native country as ordered by U.S. immigration authorities, supporters said.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:52:03 -0400
  • Man held hostage by Taliban group didn't believe captors when they told him Donald Trump was President

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    A man who was held hostage by a Taliban-linked group for five years has said he refused to believe his captors when they told him Donald Trump had become the US President. Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their children were completely isolated from the outside world while they were held by the Haqqani network in Afghanistan. The pair were kidnapped in the mountainous Wardak province in October 2012 during a backpacking holiday through Asia while Mrs Coleman was heavily pregnant with their first child. Their three children were born in captivity and the family endured horrendous treatment at the hands of the group before being freed in a dramatic rescue operation by Pakistani forces last week. In one of his first interviews since his release, Mr Boyle said the family were starved of any information or entertainment during their years of captivity except for a slate and a piece of chalk. When Mr Boyle pleaded for some reading materials to alleviate the boredom he said his kidnappers brought the family a pile of dirty washing. However, while the group were making a proof-of-life video of the family, Mr Boyle said one of his captors told him the reality TV star, Donald Trump, had won the US presidency. “It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,” Mr Boyle told the Toronto Star. Mr Boyle and Mrs Coleman in one of the videos released by the Haqqani network in 2013 Credit: Coleman Family The couple and their children,  Jonah, 4, Noah, 2, and newborn Grace, are now staying with Mr Boyle’s parents in Ontario, Canada, and learning to adapt to their new freedom. Mr Boyle said the traumas his eldest son Jonah suffered while being held hostage in cells no larger than a bathtub and being abruptly moved from location to location had left him terrified to close his eyes while in captivity. He said: “Last night [Jonah] wouldn’t close his eyes because he was so excited and he just wanted to sit on his pile of toys with a gigantic smile on his face. Mr Boyle playing with his son Jonah playing at their home in Ontario, Canada Credit: AFP/Mike Carroccetto “It took him about three hours to fall asleep, and it wasn’t three hours of panic. It was three hours where he just wanted to really, really cherish this gigantic rabbit and these plastic Lego blocks and these toys, and he wanted to sit there and bask in being ‘no bandi’ after all of this time.” “Bandi” was the term the kidnappers used for their hostages. In a press conference after he was released last week Mr Boyle detailed some of the appalling treatment his family had endured and alleged that the kidnappers had murdered one of his children and raped his wife. Their freedom was secured when the Pakistan army intercepted the kidnappers as they brought the family into the Kurram district of the semi-autonomous tribal belt on Pakistan's Afghan border, following a tip-off from US intelligence. The Haqqani network, which runs a lucrative kidnapping business in the tribal border regions, is believed to still hold two more US citizens. Mr Boyle arriving back at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday Credit:  The Canadian Press Since returning the couple has faced questions about why a husband and his five-month pregnant wife, who is now 31, were in a lawless area of Afghanistan in 2012. Mr Boyle was previously married to the sister of Omar Khadr, a Canadian man who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured in 2002 in a firefight at an Al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan. Responding to the questions, Mr Boyle said: “I’m a harmless hippie and I do not kill even mice. I’ve been vegetarian for 17 years. Anybody who knows me would laugh at the notion that I went with designs on becoming a combatant.”

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:30:43 -0400
  • Remembering William Seward’s Alaska ‘folly’

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    In today’s popular culture, William Seward is best known for his association with Abraham Lincoln. But his name is also forever linked to a decision back in 1867 that brought Alaska into the fold as a United States territory, at a bargain price.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:11:00 -0400
  • German court sentences 88-year-old Holocaust denier to jail

    A German court sentenced an 88-year-old woman to six months in prison on Monday for denying the Holocaust and for inciting hatred. Ursula Haverbeck, who describes herself as a revisionist historian, said at a public event in January 2016 that gas chambers in Auschwitz concentration camp "were not real". A court in Berlin found Haverbeck guilty after examining a short video of her speech in which she said that she was citing a book, not expressing her own views.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:38:26 -0400
  • Donna Karan Apologizes Again For Victim-Blaming Harvey Weinstein Accusers

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    Donna Karan came under fire last week for comments she made in response to accusations of sexual assault and abuse leveled at disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:43:09 -0400
  • Abedin Sent Government Emails on Weiner Laptop: Report

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    State Department officials have reportedly found more than 2,800 government-related work emails Huma Abedin sent from Anthony Weiner's laptop.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:30:17 -0400
  • Southwest Celebrates First 'Unmanned' Max 8 Flight While Shutting Down Haters

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    Southwest Airlines on Wednesday celebrated its first “unmanned” flight on the company’s new fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:46:56 -0400
  • Airbus, Bombardier deal hits Boeing with double whammy

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    Airbus and Bombardier are inflicting double damage on Boeing with a deal that fills a gap in the Europeans' aircraft range and gives Bombardier a fighting chance to avoid punishing US tariffs, analysts say. In the middle of the European night, Airbus issued a surprise announcement that it would take a majority stake in Bombardier's marquee C-Series airliner programme, aiming for significant production savings on the C-Series aircraft and making use of Airbus's international reach for sales. The agreement, which Airbus chief Tom Enders called "a win-win deal for everyone", gives the European company a stake in Bombardiers' mid-range programme without the need to immediately inject cash -- allowing it to keep its war chest intact for future battles with arch-rival Boeing.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:49:45 -0400
  • Mandalay Bay Security Guard To Appear On ‘Ellen’ After Ducking Other Interviews

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    The security guard at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas who was among the first to encounter mass killer Stephen Paddock during his deadly Oct. 1 shooting spree has apparently broken his silence.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:43:32 -0400
  • 4 dead as fighting continues in southern Philippine city

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    MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed four Islamic State group-linked militants in a clash and occasional blasts thundered across Marawi on Wednesday after the president declared the southern city liberated from "terrorist influence."

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:57:38 -0400
  • Virginia's Governor Race Is Shaping Up To Be A Close One

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    Virginians will head to the polls to choose a new governor in less than a month, and as three new surveys show, the race is shaping up to be a close one.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:04:52 -0400
  • American woman becomes princess after meeting a real prince in a nightclub

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    Most of us can but dream of rocking up to the club and casually meeting a member of a royal family. But, that's what happened to Ariana Austin on the dance floor of Washington D.C. nightclub Pearl back in December 2005 when she met Joel Makonnen, a.k.a. Prince Yoel.  The story didn't end there for Austin and Makonnen. Twelve years on from their nightclub meet-cute, the couple tied the knot, and Austin became a princess. SEE ALSO: Prince George's favourite film proves once and for all he just can't wait to be king Per the New York Times, Prince Yoel is the great-grandson of Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia, part of the Solomonic dynasty. Austin also happens to be of noble blood: she's the granddaughter of the lord mayor of Georgetown, Guyana. A post shared by Ariana Austin Makonnen (@chezariana) on Sep 15, 2017 at 7:14am PDT Enough about royalty, we want to know what went down in that nightclub on that fateful night in 2005. That night, Makonnen strolled over to Austin and her friend and said: "You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire," according to the NYT. It appears Makonnen's regal background didn't help him out in the chat-up line department. Apparently, it took Makonnen just five more minutes to tell Austin: "You're going to be my girlfriend." Well, he certainly didn't waste any time.  Official pics are here! All credit to the talented @dotunayodeji. Planning by @favoredbyyodit Dress @lazarobridal #AriJo #royalwedding #moretocome ❤️ A post shared by Ariana Austin Makonnen (@chezariana) on Oct 16, 2017 at 4:39pm PDT The couple were wed in an Ethiopian Orthodox ceremony in Temple Hills, Maryland, surrounded by family and friends.  And, in case you were wondering, the couple certainly don't sit on thrones all day long. Austin works at the Executives' Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and Makonnen works at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical.  Congrats to the happy (royal) couple! WATCH: Prince George looks beyond cute for his first day of school

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:57:23 -0400
  • Texas judge postpones execution of 'tourniquet killer'

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    A Texas judge, acting on requests from prosecutors, halted the planned execution on Wednesday of a man known as the "tourniquet killer" for the grisly method used to murder five girls and young women in the Houston area whom he also raped. The order from Harris County Judge Maria Jackson to put a 90-day stay on the execution was issued a few hours before Anthony Shore, 55, was set to be put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT). District attorneys in Harris County, which includes Houston, and neighboring Montgomery County, requested the stay to examine Shore's claim that another death row inmate tried to persuade him to take the blame for a murder for which the other inmate had been convicted.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:27:09 -0400
  • GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away

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    proposed on Friday that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep health care costs down.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:30:51 -0400
  • Mother Allegedly Killed Two Sons Inside Burning Oven

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    The single mother said taking care of her children was overwhelming and that she “couldn’t do it anymore.”

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:59:58 -0400
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says He Urged Firing of Former FBI Director James Comey

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    Sessions said he urged Comey's firing for the handling of the Clinton email probe

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:57:38 -0400
  • Boeing could rebut Airbus deal with new plane, partner

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    Bombardier's alliance with Airbus creates new hurdles for Boeing, but the US giant could respond by deepening its collaboration with Brazil's Embraer and launching a new aircraft, analysts say. The surprise deal with Airbus was designed to let Bombardier proceed with its C Series program and avert draconian US sanctions that had been ordered in a preliminary Commerce Department decision in response to a Boeing complaint. "Anything that's good for Airbus is bad for Boeing of course," said Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research, summarizing the reaction of many observers to the Airbus-Bombardier venture.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:40:39 -0400
  • Stunning Photos Show Faces Of Poverty That Are Rarely Seen

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    A new portrait campaign asking people to think differently about people living in poverty appeared on billboards in New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday. 

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:17:57 -0400
  • Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship is ‘the largest in the world’

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    The ‘world’s largest ship’ comes with a giant water slide, zipline and other cool amenities

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:16:53 -0400
  • Trump Tried To Look Compassionate. Instead, He Looked Like A Jerk.

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    It was almost too easy to predict what would happen.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:43:49 -0400
  • Defeated Isil 'cowards' take the bus home as Raqqa, capital of terrorism, is defeated at last

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    The Islamic State’s “capital” fell on Tuesday after US-backed forces declared victory in the Syrian city where the jihadist group plotted attacks on the West. Brig Gen Talal Silo, the spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said that clashes with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters in Raqqa had stopped, ending their three-year reign of terror in the city.  “The SDF is now in control of the former capital of terrorism," Mr Sllo told the Daily Telegraph. “A formal declaration will be made from the city soon, after the clearing operations end. Raqqa is still full of landmines.” The fighters limped out from their final redoubt in Raqqa’s central hospital on Tuesday and onto waiting buses. Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her group's flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqqa on October 17, 2017.  Credit: AFP Having promised to fight to the death for the capital of their so-called caliphate, in the end Islamic State's jihadists surrendered after realising they had been cornered. “Cowards to the end,” said Macer Gifford, the pseudonym of a Briton fighting alongside the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa. He has been battling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants in the city since the start of the offensive in June and was there to watch some of the last of them flee. “It was difficult to see them so close and to just watch them leave,” the former currency trader from Oxford told the Telegraph. ISIS leaving Raqqa hospital. Cowards until the end... pic.twitter.com/sE6K3nPgHh— Macer Gifford (@macergifford) October 17, 2017 After a devastating four-month battle, the remaining 200-odd fighters gave up their fight and agreed to an evacuation deal which saw them bused out of the city to the last-remaining slivers of territory still under the jihadists’s control to the south. The final black flag was taken down from the city’s stadium, which had been used as a prison during Isil's brutal three-year rule and had become synonymous with the group’s violent excesses. Photos showed Kurdish female fighters of the SDF waving their own yellow flag in its place. Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces gesture the "V" sign in Raqqa, Syria October 17, 2017 Credit:  REUTERS All that was left to do was check the many tunnels Isil had dug for sleeper cells and IEDs, Talal Silo, the SDF"s spokesman, said. “A formal declaration will be made from the city soon, after the clearing operations end. Raqqa is still full of landmines,” Mr Silo told the Daily Telegraph. “But the SDF is now in control of the former capital of terrorism." During the campaign for Raqqa the city suffered massive devastation from Isil's mines as well as from US-led coalition air strikes which left most of its buildings levelled and in ruins. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor put the overall death toll for the battle at 3,250, including fighters and civilians, but said hundreds were still missing or unaccounted for. Five British volunteers were also killed. Isil’s use of civilians as human shields forced the coalition to rely on coordinated air strikes, at a heavy cost. Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces are seen in Raqqa, Syria October 17, 2017 Credit: REUTERS “They never fought us face-to-face like men,” Mr Gifford told the Telegraph by phone. “They would just shoot at us from sniper positions and drive at us with car bombs. “They surrounded themselves with women and children, which they used as protection against the strikes.”   An international charity group says tens of thousands of people who did manage to flee are now in desperate need of aid and that the nearby camps are "bursting at the seams."   With the high levels of destruction reported in and around the city, most families have nowhere to return home and are likely to stay in camps for months or years to come. The militants seized the city in early 2014 in a blitzkrieg offensive across Syria and neighbouring Iraq, making it the headquarters of its self-styled "caliphate". At one point they controlled approximately a third of Syria and a third of Iraq, making up a quasi-state the size of Britain. So confident was the group during its height they threatened to conquer Rome.   Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the anti-Isil coalition, said on Tuesday the fall of Raqqa would deny Isil the "well spring" that provided planning and support for terror operations in Syria and around the world.   The effect the loss of the city, which had become the administrative heart of the Islamic State, will have on the group cannot be underestimated. It was from Raqqa its miliants filmed their slickly produced and often gory propaganda videos which lured thousands of recruits from around the world to join them. They plotted the most devastating attacks on Europe from the city’s internet cafes. It was from the hills outside Raqqa Briton Mohammed Emwazi, otherwise known as Jihadi John, executed two of his countrymen in videos which shocked the world in 2014. The jihadists would continue to rule over the city’s residents with an ultra-conservative and brutal interpretation of Sharia law for another three years. Schools were closed and children were sent to mosques for indoctrination into jihad and camps for military training. Adults were stoned to death and beheaded for infractions as minor as smoking or listening to music. But the group's fortunes changed dramatically after Iraqi forces began their offensive to retake its most prized territory of Mosul last year. And in recent months in Syria they have been forced back into a strip of the Euphrates valley and surrounding desert. A fighter from Syrian Democratic Forces takes a selfie as he stands near rubble at a damaged site in Raqqa Credit: Reuters Now more than 85 per cent of Isil’s territory in Syria has been liberated and around 90 per cent in Iraq. But experts say Isil will remain a serious threat for the foreseeable future, despite its significant territorial losses. And that while the battle may be over, the war is yet to be won. “Today marks the end of Caliphate ISIS, but the beginning of Insurgency ISIS,” said Hassan Hassan, a resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, warned that its ideology would linger long after its "caliphate" was gone. "I don't think it's simply a question of taking away the Islamic State's territory and the Islamic State's idea disappears," he said. He said the group saw itself as successful, having "managed to declare a caliphate and keep it going" - something unprecedented in modern jihadism.   Additional reporting by Luna Safwan in Beirut

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:18:50 -0400
  • Delaware indicts 18 inmates in deadly prison riot

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    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder and assault, and face life in prison if convicted in the death of a corrections officer during February's riot at Delaware's maximum-security lockup.

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:17:28 -0400
  • 51 Fresh Fall Salads That Will Take You From Summer To Fall

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    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:20:11 -0400
  • China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

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    By Christian Shepherd and Stella Qiu BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China's development had entered a "new era", using the phrase 36 times in a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours.

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:12:22 -0400
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