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Gaza's Hamas rulers say cease-fire reached with Israel

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:53

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers said Wednesday they had agreed to a cease-fire with Israel to end the largest flare-up of violence between the two sides since a 2014 war.

More evacuations ordered as Hawaii volcano lava continues to flow

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:52

Officials are telling residents they need to evacuate due to fast-moving lava, but some are still refusing to leave.

Mary Kay Letourneau Defends Relationship With Vili Fualaau in New Documentary

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:52

The former teacher was jailed for her relationship with her then-sixth grade student, Vili Fualaau.

'Deadliest Catch' Star Blake Painter Found Dead At Age 38

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:48

Another early death has struck "Deadliest Catch."

Pompeii's Unluckiest Man Excavated, Internet Gives Him Second Life

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:30

The remains of a man trying to escape the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius

Ambien manufacturer responds to Roseanne: 'Racism is not a known side effect'

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:26

The manufacturer of Ambien on Wednesday dismissed actress Roseanne Barr’s suggestion that the sleep aid was to blame for her racist and anti-Semitic tweets that led to the cancellation of her top-rated sitcom.

'Walking Dead' Star Andrew Lincoln Is Reportedly Leaving The Series

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 10:39

Numerous reports are saying that Andrew Lincoln, aka Rick Grimes, is leaving

The Mali 'Spider-Man' Was Offered French Citizenship. What About the Muslim Migrants Who Aren't Superheroes?

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 10:11

The coverage of Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama reveals a great deal about our attitude toward migrants, particularly Muslim ones

2,000 People Evacuated in North Carolina After Alberto Triggers Mudslides and Flooding

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 10:11

Mudslides triggered by the soggy remnants of Alberto forced evacuations below a dam and closed an interstate highway in the western mountains of North Carolina on Wednesday

Donald Trump Says He Wishes He Hadn't Picked Jeff Sessions As Attorney General

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:01

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threw Attorney General Jeff Sessions under

Kim Yong Chol: N. Korean leader's hawkish right-hand man

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:40

The hawkish North Korean general on his way to New York for pre-summit talks is a skillful politician who has thrived through three generations of the ruling Kim family. Kim Yong Chol, described as Kim Jong Un's right-hand man, left Beijing on Wednesday bound for the North's "imperialist enemy" where he will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and possibly Donald Trump. The man blamed by South Korea for the 2010 sinking of a warship that killed 46 sailors will become the most senior North Korean to step on US soil in nearly two decades.

China's Just Gave the World a Preview of Its Naval Future

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:32

Chinese papers and military buffs are hailing the historic rendezvous of the two seagoing airbases, relishing the picture-perfect occasion of two huge vessels moored alongside each other. Liaoning is back at her homeport of Dalian in the northeastern Chinese province it is named after for scheduled maintenance as well as R&R for her crew, having spent the majority of the first half of the year at sea. The last time Liaoning was in dry-dock was in May 2014, in the same berth where the Soviet-era vessel was retrofitted.

Fifty Afghan Taliban leaders killed in rocket strike, U.S. military says

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:12

More than 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed in an artillery strike on a meeting in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday, as fighting continued across the country. Details of last week's operation emerged as fighting continued in other parts of Afghanistan, where the Taliban, aiming to restore their version of hardline Islamic law, launched their annual spring offensive last month. There were also serious incidents in Takhar province in the north, in Loghar, east of the capital, and Kandahar in the south, keeping up a pattern of attacks across the country.

Roseanne Returns To Twitter To Push More Racism

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:11

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China plane makes emergency landing after window cracks

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 06:55

An airplane flying from China to Vietnam turned back to make an emergency landing after cracks appeared in a window, just two weeks after another airliner's cockpit window broke mid-flight in the country, state media said Wednesday. The Beijing Capital Airlines flight bound for Nha Trang in southern Vietnam with 211 people aboard returned to the eastern city of Hangzhou around an hour after take-off on Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency said. Several disgruntled passengers refused to board an alternative flight because they considered the compensation too low and were upset that the airline did not offer an apology, it said.

Japanese whaling programme slaughtered 122 pregnant minke whales on ‘barbaric and illegal’ hunt

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 06:35

Animal rights activists have expressed outrage after a report on Japan’s “scientific whaling” programme showed that more than two-thirds of the female minke whales harpooned in the Southern Ocean earlier this year were pregnant females. The report, submitted to a meeting of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission in Slovenia earlier this month, also showed that 53 of the 333 whales slaughtered were juvenile animals. “The killing of 122 pregnant whales is a shocking statistic and sad indictment on the cruelty of Japan’s whale hunt”, said Alexia Wellbelove, of the Australia branch of Humane Society International. “It is further demonstration, if needed, of the truly gruesome and unnecessary nature of whaling operations, especially when non-lethal surveys have been shown to be sufficient for scientific needs”, she said. Activists accuse Tokyo of ignoring a ruling in 2014 by the International Court of Justice, in The Hague, that Japan’s whaling was a commercial exercise rather than a scientific research programme and that it had to halt. Japanese whaling vessel the Nisshin Maru returns to the Shimonoseki port in southwestern Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on March 31, 2017, after it and two other vessels hunted 333 minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean Tokyo, which provides large subsidies to keep its domestic whaling industry afloat, responded by adding new research procedures and resuming operations in 2015 with a quota of 333 minke whales. To protect itself from further legal challenges, Japan also withdrew its recognition of the International Court of Justice as an arbiter of disputes over whales. Whale meat used to be an important source of nutrition for the Japanese but little is consumed by the general public today. Instead, whale meat is served in school meals and a handful of specialist restaurants, with the rest frozen or used as pet food. A spokesman for the environmental group Sea Shepherd said it appeared that the Japanese whaling fleet had been “targeting pregnant females, for some reason”. Bob Brown, the former head of the Australian Green Party and founder of an environmental foundation, told The Telegraph that the harpooning of pregnant whales was “barbaric and illegal”. “These are the most gentle of whales and people go to the Great Barrier Reef just to rub noses with these creatures”, he said. “Then they fall pregnant, go to the Southern Ocean and get harpooned by the Japanese while the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Britain, the US and everywhere else sit on their hands and say this criminal behaviour is okay because the Japanese government is funding it. “The leaders who are today failing to take action have the blood of these innocent whales on their hands,” he said. “This is an international disgrace and an environmental crime”.

Who Is Kim Yong Chol? North Korea’s 'Go-To Diplomat' And Ex-Spy Chief Headed To U.S.

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:37

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's top

Fast lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano closes highway

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:29

By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) - Fast-moving lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced officials to close part of a highway on Tuesday, and they warned that sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers carried by the wind could injure eyes and lungs. As lava crossed Highway 132, officials shut a stretch of road from Lava Tree State Park to Four Corners and told residents who had not evacuated to leave the area immediately. The lava flow destroyed a farm where Kevin Hopkins and partners raise tropical fish and the ornamental carp known as koi.

Blasts, gunfire as militants attack interior ministry in Kabul

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 05:20

Militants launched a gun and bomb attack on the interior ministry in Kabul Wednesday, days after the Taliban vowed to target military and intelligence centres in the Afghan capital. Special forces were on the scene, a security source told AFP, after an explosion at a checkpoint leading to the compound. "We can confirm an explosion and gunfire at the first checkpoint of the interior ministry building.