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Archbishop asks pope to cancel conference on youth

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 11:06

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The archbishop of Philadelphia has asked Pope Francis to cancel a bishops' conference focusing on youth in the wake of the child sex abuse crisis roiling the Catholic Church.

Tearful mourners line up to bid farewell to east Ukraine rebel chief

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 10:55

The funeral in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk of a pro-Russian rebel leader killed in an explosion last week drew vast crowds of mourners on Sunday, Reuters footage from the breakaway region showed. Alexander Zakharchenko was fatally injured in an explosion in a cafe in Donetsk on Friday. Russia's foreign ministry accused Ukraine of his murder, while Kiev blamed his death on separatist infighting.

Trump tweets in defence of Tiger Woods and cites low unemployment rates for African-Americans

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 10:32

Donald Trump has tweeted in defence of golfer Tiger Woods after his comments about respecting the office of the presidency and tied it to unemployment rates for African-Americans. Mr Trump wrote Woods showed “great class” when answering a question about his friendship with the president after the Northern Trust golf tournament last week. Woods had said “you have to respect the office [of the US president].

Russians protest pension reform despite Putin concessions

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 10:19

Thousands of people across Russia protested Sunday against a deeply unpopular pension reform despite President Vladimir Putin's announcement of several concessions this week. Moscow plans to gradually raise the state pension age as the economy struggles under Western sanctions, in the first such hike in nearly 90 years. Igor Sirotkin, one of several thousand protesters who joined a Moscow rally organised by the Communist Party Sunday, accused the government of seeking to rob ordinary people of their earnings.

This Picture Is the Air Force's Worst Nightmare

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 09:57

The introduction of the Su-35 significantly boosts Chinese capability and increases the headaches for U.S. forces in the event of a war.

Why the Navy Misses the Old F-14 Tomcat (Despite All of the Problems)

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 09:53

The United States Navy retired the venerable Grumman F-14 Tomcat in 2006 after more than three decades in service. However, the Tomcat’s demise has left gaps in the carrier air wing that are only now being felt.

Indonesia to work with Alibaba's Jack Ma to increase exports: minister

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 09:39

Indonesia will partner with Alibaba's CEO Jack Ma to look into ways to use Alibaba's ecosystem to increase its exports, particularly to China, its communications minister told Reuters on Sunday. "We are also discussing how to work together to develop tech talents to meet the needs of Indonesia and the region," Indonesian minister Rudiantara said after meeting Ma and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Saturday.

The Latest: Turkey brands al-Qaida group in Syria terrorists

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 09:20

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Georgia Police Rescue Woman From Burning Home in Dramatic Bodycam Video

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 09:19

Her Savannah home was ablaze.

Germans told to 'get off the sofa' and stand against far-Right violence

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 07:23

The German foreign minister on Sunday called on the country’s “silent majority” to “get up off the sofa" and take a stand against the far-Right in the wake of neo-Nazi riots. “The vast majority of Germans are cosmopolitan and tolerant,” Heiko Maas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “If decent people remain silent, the racists are much louder. We have to show the world that we democrats are the majority and the racists are a minority. The silent majority must finally get louder.” Mr Maas’ comments come after violent protests over the fatal stabbing of a man by migrants in the east German city of Chemnitz last week that saw neo-Nazis openly making Hitler salutes and hunting foreigners through the streets. “When it comes to xenophobia, the far-Right and racism, Germany is quite rightly viewed through especially critical eyes,” the foreign minister said. “If the Hitler salute is displayed on our streets today it is shameful for our country. Politicians must do our part, but it is a challenge for the whole of society: we have to take a stand against the far-Right.” Mr Maas said Germans had to speak up for basic rights. “My generation has been given freedom, the rule of law and democracy. We didn’t have to fight for it, and sometimes we take it for granted,” he said. “We have to get up off the sofa and open our mouths.” Chemnitz has seen several days of protests following the death of a German-Cuban man in a suspected stabbing by two migrants from Iraq and Syria. Fresh protests passed off largely peacefully on Saturday amid a heavy police presence. Eighteen people suffered injuries in scuffles, but none were seriously hurt. An Afghan man was attacked and beaten in another part of the city, away from the main protests, but also escaped serious injury. There were fears of clashes as far-Right and far-Left protesters held rival demonstrations in the city. But police numbers have been massively increased with reinforcements from around the country following Monday’s riots, and they were able to keep control. More than 11,000 people took part in the rival rallies, according to police. Protestors poured into Chemnitz from across Germany and trains to the city were completely full. People gather during demonstrations following the killing of a German man in Chemnitz Credit: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke  The nationalist Alternative for Germany party (AfD), which has seen its support rise in the opinion polls since the protests began, held a silent march through the city led by Björn Höcke, one of its most controversial politcians, who has previously called for a “180-degree turn” in German attitudes to the Second World War. The AfD march joined with a separate demonstration by the anti-Muslim Pegida movement. Meanwhile left-wing “Antifa” protestors held a rival rally across the city, and water cannons and riot police were deployed to keep them apart. At one point far-Left protestors were reported to be arming themselves with stones. Sören Bartol, an MP from the centre-Left Social Democrats (SPD), tweeted that he and a group of peaceful protestors had been attacked by neo-Nazis and had to be escorted back to their bus by police.  Several German journalists reported they had been threatened by protesters while trying to cover the rallies. MDR television said one of its crews was attacked after being invited into a flat to film the protests: one of the crew members was knocked down the stairs and their camera was broken.

S. Korea team to fly North to discuss summit details

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 03:58

A high-level South Korean delegation will fly to North Korea this week to discuss arrangements for an inter-Korean summit there this month, as relations grow cooler between Washington and Pyongyang. The South's President Moon Jae-in Sunday named his top security adviser as a special envoy to the North to discuss details before Moon's planned meeting in Pyongyang with Kim Jong-Un. Chung Eui-yong, head of the presidential National Security Office, will lead a five-member delegation to the North's capital on Wednesday, Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters.

Authorities identify 5 of 8 killed in New Mexico crash

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 23:39

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified five of the eight people who were killed when a semi-trailer veered across a median and smashed into a Greyhound bus, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

The Latest: 5 of 8 killed in New Mexico crash identified

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 23:23

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a crash between a semi-trailer and a bus in New Mexico that killed eight people (all times local):

Japan PM Abe says relations with China back on 'normal track': paper

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 22:19

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed confidence in improving ties with China and said the countries' relationship had returned to a "normal track", in a newspaper interview published on Sunday. Abe, who is expected to visit China at the end of October, was also quoted as saying he hoped to invite President Xi Jinping to Japan in the future. "Premier Li Keqiang visited Japan in May and the Japan-China relationship has completely returned to a normal track," Abe told the Sankei newspaper.

Teen from New Mexico compound says he was trained for jihad: FBI

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 21:10

A 13-year-old boy who was part of group taken into custody at a squalid New Mexico compound last month has told FBI agents his mother's boyfriend was training him to conduct "jihad" against non-believers, according to federal court documents. The boy was among 11 children and five adults living at the compound in Taos County when it was raided on Aug. 3 by local sheriff's deputies who discovered a cache of firearms and the children living without food or clean water. In an affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint, an FBI special agent wrote that Leveille's 13-year-old son told investigators that his mother's boyfriend, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, wanted to "get an army together" and train them for jihad.

Death toll rises in Puerto Rico

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 19:46

Puerto Rico's death toll jumps from 64 to 2,975 in Hurricane Maria; Bryan Llenas explains.

'You Are Nothing but Pure Love.' Murdered Colorado Mom and 2 Daughters Laid to Rest in North Carolina

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 17:40

Shanann Watts' family wants a law to recognize the lives of unborn children like their grandson

Did George W. Bush Just Sneak Michelle Obama A Piece Of Candy At McCain's Funeral?

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 17:22

The funeral of Sen. John McCain, who died a week ago at the age of 81, has

Racist calls mock Florida's black Democratic candidate

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 16:18

Racist phone calls mocking Florida's black Democratic gubernatorial nominee appear to be from a white supremacist podcast that has also taken credit for inflammatory robocalls in Iowa and California.