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Cotswolds public schoolboy 'who plotted to kill Putin' injured and wife killed in Ukraine ambush shooting

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:09

Aformer public school boy convicted of plotting to assassinate Vladimir Putin has been injured and his wife killed in an ambush shooting outside Kiev. Adam Osmaev, 36, a who was born in what is now Russia's Chechnya republic and studied at Wycliffe College in the Cotswolds, was injured but will live after his car was hit with gunshots from the bushes at a railroad crossing in the Kiev region, according to Anton Geraschenko, MP and aide to Ukraine's interior minister.  He had fought for Kiev as a battalion commander in the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Mr Osmaev's wife Amina Okueva was killed in the attack, however, Mr Geraschenko said. “The best commemoration of her will be a just reprisal against all those who were involved in this horrible murder,” he wrote in a Facebook post. Amina Okueva was shot dead in the ambush The attack follows a scooter bombing that injured a nationalist MP and killed two others in Kiev last week.  Monday's attack was the latest in at least nine high-profile assassination attempts in Ukraine in the past 15 months, including a June attempt on the lives of Mr Osmaev and Ms Okueva. In that incident, a Chechen man posing as a correspondent for French newspaper Le Monde opened a red gift box to reveal a pistol. Mr Osmaev was shot while trying to grab the weapon, but Ms Okueva drew her own pistol, shot the assassin dead and treated her husband's wounds until help arrived. Adam Osmaev fought for Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists Credit: AFP Mr Osmaev came to prominence when he was arrested in Ukraine in 2012 and charged with plotting to blow up Mr Putin's motorcade. The European Court of Human Rights prevented his extradition to Russia, but he was imprisoned for three years for illegal possession of explosives and forgery. The son of a high-ranking official, Mr Osmaev and his family had fled Chechnya after a falling out with Ramzan Kadyrov, who is now head of the republic.


United Launched the Longest-Ever Nonstop Flight From the U.S.

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 19:30

Better bring a book — or three


Donald and Melania Trump give out sweets for trick-or-treating on Halloween eve

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 19:10

President Donald Trump dressed up as himself, complete with his trademark red tie, for his first Halloween in the White House. Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted some of the 6,000 children and adults who were invited for trick-or-treating at the White House on Halloween eve. Children from more than 20 schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia attended the festivities on the South Lawn, along with military families and members of unspecified community organisations. Spooky music played over loudspeakers. Machines cranked out fog. Pumpkins carved with the likenesses of past presidents decorated the south entrance of the White House. Black spiders hung from webs spun between the portico's columns. A sign over an awning proclaimed "Halloween at the White House 2017." Trump and the first lady, who wore a calf-length coat in the crisp air, welcomed dinosaurs, athletes, police officers, skeletons and more. Trick-or-treaters took home individual gift bags containing presidential M&Ms, a home-baked cookie and other candies. Trump and his wife chatted with their guests, with the president at times going in for a high-five or posing for photos, including with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family, as well as a skeleton accompanied by a kid sporting one of Trump's "Make America Great Again" caps. Mrs. Trump wished the trick-or-treaters "Happy Halloween." U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump give out Halloween treats to children in Washington Credit: Reuters Several members of the Cabinet came out for the fun, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, dressed as Ms. Frizzle from "The Magic School Bus," and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, sporting a make-believe knife through the head. The president held a brief, pre-Halloween celebration in the Oval Office last Friday with the children of White House reporters. He congratulated the journalists for doing a good job raising children, if not for their coverage of his presidency, and handed out small boxes of White House Hershey's Kisses. "I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful kids. How the media did this, I don't know," Trump exclaimed as the youngsters crowded around his historic desk. U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and first lady Melania Trump host Halloween at the White House on the South Lawn October 30, 2017 in Washington, DC Credit: Getty Halloween has been celebrated at the White House since the mid-20th century, with each administration putting its spin on the holiday, according to the White House Historical Association. First lady Mamie Eisenhower decorated the White House for Halloween for the first time. She invited staff members' wives to an Oct. 30, 1958, lunch in the State Dining Room, which had been decorated with hanging skeletons and jack-o'-lanterns. Tables were adorned with miniature witches on broomsticks. Large events have been held on the White House grounds or in staterooms since the administration of Richard M. Nixon. In 1969, 250 local children attended a White House Halloween party where the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance was converted into the mouth of a 17-foot-high pumpkin. The Nixons also held parties in 1971 and 1972. President Trump And First Lady Host Halloween At The White House Credit: Getty George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush threw a party for 600 schoolchildren on the South Lawn in 1989, his first year in office. Bill and Hillary Clinton held yearly Halloween costume parties for friends and White House staff, often combining them with birthday celebrations for the first lady, who was born on Oct. 26. One of their most memorable appearances came when they attended a 1993 White House Halloween party dressed as President James Madison and first lady Dolley Madison. U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump give out Halloween treats to children in Washington Credit: Reuters Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed children from local schools and military families every year he was in office, except 2012, when Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast. They handed out goodie bags with treats similar to Trump's. Except the Obamas included dried fruit - a nod to Mrs. Obama's campaign against childhood obesity.  


Family of 4 Runs For Their Lives From California Wildfire, Only Two Survive

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 18:27

A California family loses two children trying to outrun wildfire.


'Stranger Things' Star Addresses His Character's Possible Racism

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 18:18

Spoilers below for “Stranger Things 2.” You’ve been warned.


China warns against attempts to contain Beijing before Trump visit

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 17:47

China's ambassador to Washington said on Monday U.S. President Donald Trump's state visit to Beijing next week was a historic opportunity to boost cooperation between the world's two largest economies, but warned against attempts to "contain" Beijing.


Manafort charges grew out of records seized in 'no-knock' raid 

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:55

The indictment of Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates relies on records seized in the 'no-knock' search of Manafort's home in July. The records allegedly showed that Trump campaign officials Manafort and Gates had been directly involved in a lobbying campaign on behalf of the deposed pro-Russian president of Ukraine.


Gaza tunnel into Israel discovered and detonated

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:51

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it discovered and detonated a militant tunnel on Monday that was dug from Gaza into Israel, in a rare flare-up along the tense border that has remained largely quiet since a 2014 war with Gaza's Hamas rulers.


Couple who survived Las Vegas shooting killed in car crash

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:16

A couple who survived the Las Vegas shooting have been killed in a car crash less than half a mile from their home. Dennis and Lorraine Carver's daughters said her parents discovered a new lease of life after escaping unharmed from the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on 1 October. Mr Carver, 52, dived on top of his wife, 53, to shield her from a hail of bullets after Stephen Paddock opened fire on crowds from the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 59 people.


French police investigating second allegation of rape made against Oxford professor

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:01

French prosecutors are investigating allegations by two women who say they were raped by an Oxford University professor.  Professor of Islamic Studies Tariq Ramadan vehemently denies the allegations. ​ One woman, Henda Ayari, confirmed last week to The Telegraph that she had filed complaints against Prof Ramadan of rape, sexual assault, violence, harassment and intimidation with the prosecutor's office in Rouen, northern France. Now police say two complaints are being investigated.  Ms Ayari, 40, a former salafist and now a secularist feminist author, said that Mr Ramadan had assaulted her in a Paris hotel in 2012. She said she had decided to "name and shame" Prof Ramadan as a "pervert guru" following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. A second woman, 45, who wishes to remain anonymous, has also filed a complaint for rape against the renowned Islamic scholar, which she said took place in 2009. Given the "similarity of the (alleged) events", Paris prosecutors have added her complaint to Ms Ayari's as part of an investigation launched on October 23, a judicial source confirmed to AFP. Speaking to French media on Monday about her alleged ordeal at the hands of Prof Ramadan, Ms Ayari said: "He literally pounced on me like a wild animal." She told BFM TV she had gone to the scholar's hotel room to ask him questions about Islam and at the time "I admired him very much". Referring to the alleged rape, she said "he kissed me really hard... then for a few seconds he choked me, I really thought I was going to die". She said that in his eyes, "either your veiled or you are raped", adding that he "uses Islam to satisfy his sexual urges". The second woman - a convert to Islam - has alleged that she was raped by Prof Ramadan in the Hilton hotel in Lyon in 2009. The woman told Le Monde that he had suggested they go to his room because "everyone is looking at us". Once inside, she said he had kicked away crutches she was using due to an injured leg and "jumped on me". "You kept me waiting now you will pay dear," she alleged he said. The woman alleged she was violently assaulted, receiving slaps to the "face, arms and breasts" and punches to the stomach, before being raped, including with "an object". He then dragged her to the bathroom by her hair and urinated on her, she alleged. She went straight to a doctor and has medical evidence of her assault, she alleges. The unnamed complainant said she later received a text message from Prof Ramadan asking to see her again "as if we had spent a wonderfully romantic and tender evening together". After she refused she alleged she was subjected to "months of harassment and threats from men who followed me in the street; one threatened to kill me". Prof Ramadan denounced the allegations as "a campaign of slander clearly orchestrated by my long-time adversaries". He had already filed a complaint for slander and defamation against Ms Ayari and said he would do the same against the second woman. Prof Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, was chosen by Tony Blair, the former prime minister, to work on a task force to help tackle extremism in the UK after the 7/7 attacks in London in 2005. A spokesman for Oxford University last week said: "We are aware of these reports and are taking them extremely seriously. We are not in a position to comment further at this time." Respected in the UK as a scholar who is not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mr Ramadan is a deeply controversial figure in France, where some have accused him of wishing to pursue rigorist political Islam in the West through stealth.


U.S. military captures militant believed to have role in Benghazi attack: official

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:52

U.S. Special Operation Forces have captured a militant who is believed to have played a role in a 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.


Elderly man arrested after 'strangling 23-year-old woman on their first date'

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:43

A 77-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly strangling a 23-year-old woman on their first date. Alan Richard Schmitt, from Virginia, was arrested at the home of the woman, who has not been named, after she claimed he attacked her following conversations on a dating website.


Bernie Sanders backs 'millionaires' tax' to fix New York subway

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:38

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's fight for a "millionaires' tax" to help repair the country's largest subway system got a boost as U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, one of the nation's most popular politicians, endorsed the plan on Monday. "What the mayor is saying and what we should be doing in Washington is we say to the wealthiest people in this country: 'You know what, you need to start paying your fair share of taxes,'" Sanders said at a news conference with de Blasio at a Manhattan subway station that began a little late after train delays. An independent senator from Vermont who espouses democratic socialism, Sanders lost the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton but remains an influential voice on the party's left wing and repeatedly tops opinion polls of the country's most well-liked politicians.


Anthony Bourdain Blasts Quentin Tarantino For Weinstein Complicity

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:35

Anthony Bourdain cooked up some strong words for Quentin Tarantino over the weekend during a conference Q&A session over the director’s “complicity” in Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault.


'Real Housewives of Dallas' star LeeAnne Locken regrets hot mic moment, reveals reunion 'epiphany' she had

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:31

"Real Housewives of Dallas" star LeeAnne Locken has had quite the season: From extreme highs (getting engaged!) to extreme lows (contracting a flesh-eating bacteria) and every argument and hot mic moment in between, Locken has truly been through it all this year.


Afghan Taliban say kidnapped U.S. professor is seriously ill

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:28

The Afghan Taliban said on Monday that Kevin King, one of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan who were kidnapped in Kabul last year, is seriously ill and needs urgent medical attention. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said King, an American, was suffering from "dangerous" heart disease and kidney problems. "His illness has intensified, his feet have swollen and sometimes he becomes unconscious and his condition worsens every day," Mujahid said in a statement.


Kellyanne Conway Rips Campaigns That Seek Oppo Research From 'Foreign Nationals'

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:05

Kellyanne Conway bashed political campaigns on Monday that “dig around with foreign nationals” to uncover dirt on their opponents.


Taiwan to boost defense spending, U.S. concerned over possible military imbalance: official media

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 14:44

Taiwan will increase future defense spending by two percent each year, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a visit to Hawaii where the United States expressed concern over a possible military imbalance in the Taiwan Straits, Taiwan media reported.


What Meghan Markle wore: Where to buy her favorite closet pieces

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:52

The "Suits" actress is undeniably one of the world's biggest fashion icons -- and we can see why! Markle mixes fashion with comfort, opting for looks that are not only versatile, but on-trend as well.


Uhuru Kenyatta: Re-elected, but at what cost?

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 13:30

Uhuru Kenyatta, who won a second and final term in Kenya's controversial election re-run, is the son of the country's founding president and a man who epitomises the country's elite. The 56-year-old US-educated multi-millionaire, whose family owns an array of businesses, properties and land, followed in his father's footsteps when he defeated his rival Raila Odinga to become president in 2013. Kenyatta accepted the judges' ruling but with anger, calling the judges "crooks" and threatening to "fix" the courts if he won Thursday's vote, which fell on his birthday.


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