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Iraq-Syria border set for last major assault on IS: US general

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 10:26

The "final large fight" in Iraq against the Islamic State group will take place on the border with Syria, a general in a US-led coalition against the jihadists said Saturday. "The next fight and the final large fight will be in the Middle Euphrates River Valley... on the Iraqi-Syrian border," Brigadier General Robert Sofge, the coalition's Deputy Commanding General, told AFP. IS seized vast areas of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Bright Outlook for Energy-Saving Lightbulbs

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 09:44

The average household spends about 5 percent of its energy budget on lighting, according to the Department of Energy. Replace your most frequently used bulbs with Energy Star certified LEDs or CF...

North Korea's Air Force Is Total Junk (But It Can Still Kill)

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 09:43

North Korea’s Korean People's Army Air Force (KPAAF)—referred to as the Air and Anti-Air Force Command in South Korean documents—is not in the top ranks of the world’s air forces. The regime’s survival is their survival, and thus the so-called Korean People’s Army is a dedicated to their supreme leader and is likely to put up a fanatical defense in the event of a renewed war. Among the most antiquated and obsolete aircraft in the North Korean air force is the Shenyang J-5, a Chinese copy of the 1950s-era Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 Fresco.

Philippines 'breeding ground for terrorists' says NY plotter

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 09:32

A Filipino suspect in a thwarted jihadist plot targetting New York City had boasted that his country was "a breeding ground for terrorists", the US Justice Department said Saturday. Russell Salic and two others have been charged with involvement in the plan to carry out the attacks in the name of the Islamic State group during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2016. A statement released by the US embassy in Manila said Salic, 37, transferred money to the other suspects for the operation, saying he could safely do this from the Philippines without attracting attention.

This Man Is Building An 'Army Of Environmental Super Voters' To Rival The NRA In Turnout

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 08:16

Nathaniel Stinnett knows he’s preaching to the choir.

Danish police find severed head of Swedish journalist Kim Wall

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:28

Police divers in Denmark have found the severed head and legs of Kim Wall, the Swedish journalist who died on board the home-built submarine of Danish artist-inventor Peter Madsen. Jens Møller Jensen, the chief investigator in the case, told journalists on Saturday that the head showed no signs of serious injury, contradicting Mr Madsen’s claims last month that Wall died after a heavy hatch fell onto her head. “There are no signs of fractures to the skull, or signs of blows from a blunt instrument,” he said. “There are several minor injuries which I will not go into.” Mr Madsen, 46, who is being held on suspicion of murder, told a court last month that he had entered a “suicidal psychosis” following the accident, and then “buried” Wall at sea. Danish submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen Credit: EPA The 30-year-old journalist, who had written for Vice Magazine, the Guardian, and the New York Times, joined Mr Madsen on board UC3 Nautilus on the evening of August 10, planning to write an article on him.  Her boyfriend raised the alarm early the next day when she failed to return home. Mr Møller Jensen said that police divers recovered a bag containing Wall's clothes in the waters off Avedøre Holme, an industrial area south of Copenhagen. Remembering Kim Wall: a tribute from family and friends 01:47 The discovery was made about 1km (0.6 miles) from the spot where police dogs on loan from Sweden had signalled the presence of human remains.  The bag contained a knife and metal tools seemingly intended to weigh it down. Shortly afterwards, divers found a leg, an hour later another leg. Finally, they discovered Wall’s head, which had been placed in a bag weighed down with heavy pieces of metal. The head was confirmed as Wall's on Friday night through forensic dental analysis.  "We are pleased that her head and legs have now been found, both for the purposes of the investigation, and from an ethical perspective,” Mr Møller Jensen said.   Police technicians on board the home-made submarine UC3 Nautilus on a pier in Copenhagen harbour Credit: AP “I hope we can also find her arms so that Kim Wall’s family can bring a whole body home to bury.” Wall’s family were informed of the find on Friday evening. A website, Remembering Kim Wall, has been set up to commemorate her life. Mr Madsen’s defence lawyer Betina Hald Engmark told the Ekstra Bladet newspaper on Saturday that she had informed her client of the discovery, but was not willing to comment on its significance. “I’ve been informed about the discovery, but I have not yet received any material or documents,” she told the newspaper. “The case and any evidence must be judged by a court when the time comes.” Mr Madsen scuttled his submarine close to the Drogden Lighthouse in Køge Bay on August 11, and was rescued shortly before it sunk below the water. He initially claimed that he had dropped Wall off back on dry land but afterwards admitted that he had disposed of her body after she died on board. Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen, on Wednesday revealed in court that police had found 15 stab wounds on Wall's torso, 14 of which were found around her genitals. They also found videos shot of real life murders of women on the hard drive of his computer.  Mr Madsen is due to appear in court again on October 31.

Hamas arrests suspected jihadist leader in Gaza

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:09

Hamas police detained a suspected jihadist leader in Gaza on Saturday, a security source said, the latest in a series of arrests of those accused of Islamic State group ideology. "This morning, security forces arrested Nour Issa, 27, who is a leader of the deviant thought movement and is from Bureij Camp in central Gaza, along with others," the source said, using a phrase Hamas officials routinely use to refer to jihadists, including IS. The Islamist Hamas movement has run Gaza for a decade but it has been challenged by small hardline factions, some of them inspired by IS, who advocate a stricter, Salafist interpretation of the faith.

Rohingya militants say ceasefire to end on October 9

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 06:19

Rohingya militants whose attacks triggered an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state unleashing a huge wave of refugees said Saturday their one-month ceasefire would end in two days, but added they were open to a peace deal if the government offered it. In a statement released through its Twitter account, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said its unilateral truce would end at midnight on October 9. "The humanitarian pause was conducted in order to enable humanitarian actors to assess and respond to the humanitarian crisis in Arakan (Rakhine)," the statement said.

Donald Trump Marks Hispanic Heritage Month By Mocking The Puerto Rican Accent

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 04:12

President Donald Trump used an exaggerated Spanish accent during a speech marking Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House on Friday.

Bill Maher Issues Strong Words To Democrats About Over-Regulation

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 03:21

Bill Maher has urged Democrats to “go big or go home” when it comes to regulation. Over-regulation fed into the Republican narrative that Democrats “don’t want to help people” but just “want to micro-manage their lives,” he said. Maher agreed that more regulation “for big things” such as “guns and carbon emission and banks” was needed.

Filipino wanted in US terror plots stands accused at home

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 02:16

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino doctor accused of plotting terror attacks in the United States was arrested months ago in the Philippines for his alleged involvement in kidnappings and beheadings blamed on pro-Islamic State group militants, an official said Saturday.

Trump sends lieutenants to Pakistan with tough message

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:51

President Donald Trump will dispatch his top diplomatic and military advisors to Pakistan in the coming weeks, turning up the heat on a nuclear-armed ally accused of harboring terror groups. Weeks after Trump angrily accused Islamabad of providing safe haven to "agents of chaos," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to depart for Pakistan late this month. The one-two punch is designed to drill home Trump's message that Pakistani state support for jihadist groups has to end, according to officials briefed on the visits.

These 3 Nations Can Stop a Hypersonic Missile Arms Race

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:09

The world is on the cusp of a dangerous hypersonic missile arms race, but three nations—Russia, China and the United States—have the power to stop it. Currently, there are two basic types of hypersonic missiles.

Why Trump Needs the Iran Deal

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:01

With important issues facing our country, the last thing the country needs is for the president to upend an agreement that is meeting U.S. security objectives. Diplomacy is supposed to be the vehicle by which U.S. leaders and officials secure American security and economic interests abroad. Trump’s threat to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, whatever flaws may legitimately exist, threatens to cause severe damage to America’s interests in the medium and long term.

Melania Trump dazzles in a bold and bright Carolina Herrera look

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 20:29

Melania Trump made an appearance alongside husband President Trump on Friday at a Hispanic Heritage Month event.

Pentagon says fourth U.S. soldier killed in Niger ambush

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:16

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday that a fourth soldier was killed during an attack on Wednesday in Niger, raising the death toll from an incident that has thrown a spotlight on the U.S. counterterrorism mission in the West African nation. The United States had previously announced that three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers had been killed and another two wounded when a joint U.S.-Nigerien patrol came under attack near the village of Tongo Tongo. Officials said his body was found by Nigerien forces on Friday morning near the site of the ambush, ending an extensive rescue and recovery mission.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann talks about showing her son's dog bite on TV, renewing her vows and plastic surgery rumors

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 18:26

Once filming wrapped on the sixth season of her hit Bravo show, "Don't Be Tardy," star Kim Zolciak-Biermann had a difficult decision to make.

The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 18:16

The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom.

What Every Employee Can Take Away From Public Sexual Harassment Scandals

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 18:07

The news of decades of sexual harassment allegations made against film executive Harvey Weinstein has shocked and appalled many ― and for good reason.