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At least 8 Somali soldiers killed in attack on army base

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 12:22

At least eight Somali soldiers were killed when the Al-Shabaab jihadist group overran their military camp on the outskirts of the town of Kismayo early Saturday, military officials and local elders said. According to the sources, heavily-armed Shabaab militants launched a dawn raid on the military camp, followed by a heavy exchange of gunfire which lasted hours. "The terrorists attacked Bulogagdud military base using heavy weaponry and explosives.


Trump 'appreciates' Mueller's statement on report's accuracy

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 11:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News' report that President Donald Trump's former attorney told Mueller that Trump directed the lawyer to lie to Congress.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made perfect use of this 20-year-old video game meme

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 11:10

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants the super-rich to pay a heavier share of taxes. The newly elected Congresswoman's proposal that any earnings higher than $10 million carry a 70 percent tax rate has been widely popular. That's true even among voters who might be more inclined to put on a MAGA hat; a recent Hill-HarrisX poll showed that some 45 percent of GOP voters agree. SEE ALSO: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has perfect response in new video: More dancing On Friday night, Ocasio-Cortez greeted the news of her plan's popularity with a play on the deepest of deep cut memes. > All your base (are) belong to us https://t.co/brwNKJ8wrh > > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 19, 2019 "All your base ... belong to us," she tweeted, referring to the GOP "base" that help propel Donald Trump to his 2016 election victory (and which partially turned on him and his acolytes during the recent 2018 midterms). But the phrase Ocasio-Cortez is referencing -- "All your base are belong to us" -- has some history. The line has its origins in a 1992 game released in Europe for the Sega Mega Drive (U.S. readers would know it as the Sega Genesis). The game, Zero Wing, had actually been released in Japanese arcades a few years earlier, but its English-language release for Mega Drive featured a wonky translation. The line of dialogue popped up in the game's intro cutscene and eventually became a viral hit on the Something Awful message board, a pre-social media gathering place for the early internet. It's fair to say that "All your base..." is one of the internet's first real memes. The line has lived on in various forms and popped up in plenty of odd places during the intervening two decades. But extra points to Ocasio-Cortez here for making that meaningless string of words actually say something. Maybe that's why she's become the go-to tutor for Democratic legislators hoping to master social media. ## WATCH: The new Congress is the most diverse ever


U.S. Senator Graham: A rash U.S. pullout from Syria will create 'Iraq on steroids'

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 10:11

Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday he hoped President Trump would slow the U.S. withdrawal from Syria until Islamic State is destroyed.


Snow: Flight cancellations now stretch into Sunday

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 09:30

Airlines are already canceling flights ahead of a new winter storm forecast to bring snow and ice from the Great Plains to the Midwest and Northeast.


Merkel's Bavarian allies elect new head, ushering in new era

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 09:12

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies elected a new leader Saturday, a change that offers Germany's center-right a chance to move past their persistent bickering over recent years.


Syrian opposition sees window for political solution in Syria

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 08:29

Syria now has a good opportunity to reach a political solution to its devastating eight-year war as ceasefires have brought calm to many areas of the country, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Saturday. "I think now that we have an opportunity, because nearly in Syria we have a ceasefire now, in the northeast of Syria and the north of Syria, and the efforts of fighting terrorism has achieved good results," Nasr Hariri told Reuters in an interview in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he is based. Hariri, the opposition's chief negotiator in U.N. peace talks, met with the newly appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday.


What do Democrats not understand about the need for border security?

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 07:31

Former Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan explains how a wall is the solution to our border crisis.


Prince Philip crash: Police frustrated that speed cameras were not installed on the Norfolk road three years ago

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 07:00

Speed cameras should have been installed three years ago on the road where the Duke of Edinburgh crashed in Norfolk, but disgruntled police say that councillors delayed the scheme. Back in 2016, local police and Norfolk County Council agreed to fund and erect speed cameras along the A149 between Castle Rising and Snettisham - the stretch of road where Prince Philip’s Land Rover collided with a 28-year-old mother’s Kia. But according to the Eastern Daily Press, local county councillors requested further consultation with their communities and the chance to explore alternatives, so a decision was made to suspend the scheme. The paper reported that Stuart Dark, a former Met Police officer, Andrew Jamieson and Michael Chenery had sought reassurances that the cameras would not be a “cash cow” and that there should be a better process for involving councillors. This move irked Norfolk Constabulary, who said in a statement: “We have continuously been in support of road safety improvements on the A149 between Castle Rising and Snettisham. Duke of Edinburgh car crash near Sandringham Estate “In 2016, the decision to fund and proceed with the scheme was agreed by the Safety Camera Partnership Board, which is a multi-agency partnership of the police, Norfolk County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. “As with all such schemes there is an appropriate process to follow which can be lengthy, however at every stage we have expressed a strong desire to proceed with the implementation of average speed cameras in a bid to improve road safety. “Following concerns raised by councillors, a decision was made by the county council to suspend the scheme. “This decision was not agreed to by the police and was against the expressed wishes of the chief constable, clearly outlined in a letter to the county council in September 2018.” Only on Friday, after Prince Philip’s crash, did the new cameras - and a reduction in the speed limit along the road, from 60mph to 50mph - get rubber stamped by the council. Police are investigating the car crash in which the Duke of Edinburgh was left bleeding and two women were hospitalised, but there is no suggestion that either car was travelling over the speed limit The Duke's car was seen to "tumble" across a road near the Sandringham Estate following the collision, with an eyewitness reporting that he was helped from his car before immediately asking whether others were "alright". Prince Philip crash: 1. The Crash Prince Philip crash sequence: 2. Traveling in the Kia Prince Philip crash sequence: 3. The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip crash sequence: 4. First to respond to the incident Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “We have been looking closely into the safety of the A149 for some time. "A detailed report was submitted to Environment, Development and Transport Committee by Norfolk County Council officers last week along with a recommendation to approve, at today’s meeting, the implementation of a 50mph speed limit and to install road safety cameras. “Based on the report and our dedication to the safety of the people in Norfolk, the committee has agreed to reduce the speed limit of the A149 to 50mph on two sections of the road and approved the Norfolk Camera Safety Partnership scheme to install road safety cameras along the road.” A spokesperson for Norfolk constabulary said: “While it is regrettable there has been a delay, we fully welcome today’s decision by the environment, development and transport committee to approve the scheme.”


The Navy's Secret Fear: Could the Mighty Aircraft Carrier Be Too Big To Fail?

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 05:33

What would be the reaction if a U.S. carrier were attacked and sunk?


FDA: Another blood pressure drug, irbesartan, recalled over cancer-causing impurity

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 05:17

Eight lots of the blood pressure-lowering drugs irbesartan and irbesartan HCTZ are recalled after testing reveals a carcinogen


AP Analysis: Climactic events in 1979 shaped modern Mideast

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 05:04

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Revolutionaries in the streets give way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages. Two enemies sign a peace deal after years of hostilities. And one of the world's two superpowers invades its southern neighbor, launching a bloody, decade-long conflict.


Winter storm disturbs travel as it rolls toward U.S. Midwest, Northeast

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 04:05

A major winter storm was expected to clobber a large swath of the northern United States with heavy snow, gusty winds and frigid temperatures making travel difficult and dangerous starting on Friday and through the weekend, forecasters said. The storm system will dump 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) of snow in the Plains and Midwest on Friday night and Saturday and as it moves east at least a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in several advisories. The system was expected to also bring freezing rain, wind gusts of 35 miles (56 km) per hour and quickly dropping temperatures that will to dip into the teens and even below zero Fahrenheit in several areas, the service said.


Afghan Taliban reject talks with U.S. in Pakistan

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 01:33

Pakistani newspapers and television stations reported that a meeting in Islamabad was in prospect following discussions between Khalilzad and Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday. Senior Taliban leaders said that regional powers including Pakistan had approached them and wanted them to meet the U.S. delegation in Islamabad and also include the Afghan government in the peace process but that the approaches had been rejected. "We wanted to make it clear that we will not hold any meeting with Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement.


Feds confirm jailed Iranian TV anchor not charged with crime

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 01:17

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials confirmed Friday that a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television was jailed in the U.S. as a material witness and has not been charged with any crime, according to court papers.


Tencent weighing bid for holding company behind Korea's Nexon: sources

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 22:25

HONG KONG/SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese gaming titan Tencent Holdings Ltd is considering a bid for the holding company that controls South Korean gaming company Nexon, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


Calabasas campground murder: Family of Tristan Beaudette file $90M claim over his death

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 22:10

The family of the man shot and killed while camping with his daughters at Malibu Creek State Park has filed a $90 million claim over his death.


Trump to Renew Wall Demand With Incentives for Democrats

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 21:50

The person would not discuss what Trump plans to offer to the Democrats who now control the U.S. House, beyond saying that it may have something to do with immigration. Although Trump has hinted that he might declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and fund the wall if other options failed, he does not plan to so on Saturday, according to the person, who was granted anonymity to discuss the announcement beforehand. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to say what would be in the announcement, which Trump planned to make at 3 p.m. in Washington.


Rescuers crawl across 40 feet of ice to save man and dog from frozen pond

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 21:23

Firefighters were already out at the park responding to an alarm at the park's stables, so they immediately responded.


Video shows Tempe police officer shooting 14-year-old as he runs away

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 21:06

Police say Antonio Arce was burglarizing a truck, and was found to have an airsoft gun, when he was shot by the officer.


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