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Toronto restaurant bombing: Police hunt two men after 'IED' injures 15 diners

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 01:44

Two unidentified men walked into a restaurant on Thursday in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, and then fleeing, authorities said. The blast went off in the Bombay Bhel restaurant at about 10:30 p.m. Fifteen people were taken to hospital, three of them with critical injuries, the Peel Regional Paramedic Service said in a Tweet. The two male suspects went into the restaurant and detonated their improvised explosive device, Peel Regional Police said in a Tweet.

Roger Stone Pressed For Damaging Emails About Hillary Clinton From WikiLeaks: Report

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:27

Donald Trump's former campaign adviser Roger Stone pressured an acquaintance

North Korea still open to talks with US as Donald Trump threatens Kim Jong-un after scrapping summit

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:46

North Korea said on Friday it was still open to talks with the US despite Donald Trump's threat of military action after cancelling their June 12 summit in Singapore.  Pyongyang described the US president's decision to pull the plug on the highly anticipated meeting as "extremely regrettable". "The abrupt announcement of the cancellation of the meeting is unexpected for us and we cannot but find it extremely regrettable," Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister, said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency. "We again state to the US our willingness to sit face-to-face at any time in any form to resolve the problem," Mr Kim added. The US president said on Thursday the American military was “ready if necessary” to react with its allies should North Korea take any “foolish or reckless acts”. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the completed railway that connects Koam and Dapchon, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency Credit: Reuters He softened his tone on Friday morning after North Korea's response, tweeting: "Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!" On Thursday Mr Trump shocked many as he announced he had formally scrapped the summit through a letter released by the White House.  The US president wrote to Kim: “We were informed that the meeting was requested by North Korea, but that to us is totally irrelevant. I was very much looking to being there with you. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.” Mr Trump said “this missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history” and appeared open to the talks being rearranged, saying: “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.” Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jung Un.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018 But the US president also issued a clear threat: “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.” Mr Trump later said he had talked to James Mattis, the US defence secretary, and the US joint chiefs of staff, adding that “our military… is ready if necessary”.  South Korea's Unification Minister said on Friday that Seoul would press ahead with improving ties with North Korea. "Our government will do its part in carrying out the Panmunjom Declaration," Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told reporters according to Yonhap, referring to the landmark agreement to bolster ties and push towards denuclearisation signed last month by Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "It appears that (the North) remains sincere in implementing the agreement and making efforts on denuclearisation and peace building," he added. The latest twist in the diplomatic dance on the Korean peninsula came on the same day North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site. North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site, which consists of tunnels dug beneath Mount Mantap in the northeast of the country. A small group of international media selected by North Korea witnessed the demolition, which Pyongyang says is proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing. The destruction of the site began at about 11 a.m. with the blowing up and collapsing of a tunnel and an observation post. North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA reported there was no leak of radioactive materials or any adverse impact on the surrounding ecological environment. "Dismantling the nuclear test ground was done in such a way as to make all the tunnels of the test ground collapse by explosion and completely close the tunnel entrances, and at the same time, explode some guard facilities and observation posts on the site," KCNA reported.

Man Discovers Handgun Impaled In Front Bumper Of Car

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:23

This brings new meaning to the term "gunning your engine."

Prosecutors add lewd conduct charges to tortured kids case

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 18:20

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday added four charges of lewd conduct against a father accused of torturing his children in a Northern California home where prosecutors say 10 children lived in filth and neglect.

US denies involvement in Syria missile strike which kills 12 

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 18:17

A dozen pro-regime fighters were killed in an air strike on Syrian army positions a monitor said Thursday, claiming the attack was carried out by the US-led coalition, but the Pentagon denied the report. State media reported the overnight air raid in an area where both the regime and coalition have been battling holdout jihadists, but said it only caused material damage. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a broad network of sources across Syria, said the strike had hit army positions south of Albu Kamal, a town on the border with Iraq. "At least three vehicles were destroyed by the strike," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. He said the 12 pro-regime fighters killed were not Syrians, but he could not provide more details on their identity. A military source quoted by state news agency SANA said "some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes". A United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation military observer uses binoculars near the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Credit: BAZ RATNER/Reuters The Pentagon denied the strikes were carried out by the coalition fighting the Islamic State group. "These reports are false, the coalition did not strike any Syrian army positions in eastern Syria," said Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner. "The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS (IS) in designated parts of Iraq and Syria, and to set conditions for follow-on stability operations. This mission has not changed." Less than 24 hours after the overnight strikes, missiles targeted a weapons depot belonging to Lebanon's Hezbollah movement at an airbase in the central province of Homs, according to the Observatory. A member of the pro-government forces puts a portrait of the Syrian president on a military weapon Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP Its director Abdel Rahman said the missiles "would have been fired by Israel". SANA said Syrian air defences had intercepted the missiles in Homs, but reported explosions in the area. Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh lie in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, where Russian-backed Syrian troops and the US-led coalition have been waging separate offensives against IS. A "de-confliction" line in place along the Euphrates River since last year is meant to keep the two assaults from crashing into each other. Loyalist troops are present west of the river while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the east. A military source from forces allied to Syria's government said the strikes had targeted two regime military positions near a frontline with IS. Syrian security forces enter the town of Rastan in the central Homs province on May 16, 2018 after rebels and their relatives were evacuated Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP "There are no Iranian or Lebanese fighters among the dead," the source said. Iraqi Shiite militia are also fighting alongside Syrian regime forces in the area. The Observatory said the government was sending reinforcements. It was not immediately clear whether jihadists were active in the area at the time, nor whether the pro-regime casualties may have been accidental. The coalition has carried out several deadly strikes against Syrian government forces and allied fighters in recent months. In February, coalition bombing raids in Deir Ezzor province killed at least 100 regime and allied fighters, including Russian nationals, in retaliation for an attack on SDF positions. And in September 2016, US-led strikes on regime military positions in the east left more than 60 Syrian troops dead. The coalition later said it had mistaken the fighters for IS jihadists. Syria: timeline of British involvement since 2013 The Islamic State group has lost nearly all the territory it once controlled in Syria and Iraq but it still holds some villages in the Euphrates Valley area. On Monday, Syrian troops and allied forces ousted IS from the last districts it held in the capital Damascus. After a fierce month-long battle, an evacuation deal saw the remaining jihadists bussed out of the city towards small pockets of land still held by IS in the Badiya, a vast desert area stretching from central Syria to its eastern border with Iraq. The day after the transfer, IS fighters in the Badiya attacked a nearby government position, leaving more than two dozen Syrian troops and allied fighters dead. The Observatory said the IS fighters responsible were from the group that had just been transferred out of the Yarmuk area in southern Damascus.

United reaches settlement with family over dog's death in overhead bin

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 17:55

United Airlines has reached a settlement with a family whose puppy died after a flight attendant insisted it be placed in an overhead bin.

Border Agent Fatally Shoots Migrant Woman In Texas

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 17:27

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a migrant woman Wednesday in the Texas

9 Safest Luxury SUVs for 2018

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:09

Maduro vows to free some jailed activists, raise Venezuela oil output

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:48

By Vivian Sequera and Andreina Aponte CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday pledged to release some jailed opposition activists, boost the OPEC member's tanking oil production and open dialogue with business leaders. Maduro won a Sunday election that critics at home and abroad condemned as a farce cementing his autocracy, at a time when the oil-rich nation is suffering from increasingly dire food shortages, health crises, and mass emigration. Opposition politicians have said it is unlikely that he will make significant changes to the crumbling state-led economic model inherited from his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.

Mike Pompeo fires back when was asked if Trump has conflicts of interest

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:42

While testifying before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked if President Trump has any conflicts of interest.

Harvey Weinstein Expected To Turn Himself In To The NYPD For Sex Crimes

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:42

Harvey Weinstein plans to turn himself in to New York City law enforcement on

The Story Behind The Best Photo From The Royal Wedding

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:03

Brian Mulroney, a pageboy at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials last

Missile that downed MH17 plane came from Russian military: investigators

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:47

Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said Thursday for the first time that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine originated from a Russian military brigade. The Joint Investigation Team "has come to the conclusion that the BUK-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia," top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen said.

Rudy Giuliani: Trump Won't Interview With Mueller Until We Get ‘Spygate’ Report

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:59

WASHINGTON ― After weeks of describing June's planned meeting with North Korea

Pope tells bishops not to accept gay seminarians: report

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:55

Pope Francis warned Italian bishops this week to vet carefully applicants to the priesthood and reject anyone they suspected might be homosexual, local media reported on Thursday. "Keep an eye on the admissions to seminaries, keep your eyes open," the pope was quoted as saying by newspaper La Stampa's Vatican Insider service. "If in doubt, better not let them enter." The Vatican did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the remarks, which Vatican Insider and Il Messaggero said were made at a closed-door gathering on Monday.

U.S.-backed Syrian forces arrest French Islamic State leader: SDF

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:23

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Thursday they had arrested a French citizen who headed an Islamic State group in Syria and had been involved in the Paris and Nice attacks in 2015 and 2016. An SDF statement said the man arrested was Adrien Lionel Kayali and that he was born in 1983 and converted to Islam in 2003. French media have reported the captured man's name as French citizen Adrien Guihal, wanted in connection with terrorist activities in France.

Fashion Designer Convicted of Torturing 21-Year-Old Nanny and Burning Her Body

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:10

Sophie Lionnet's emaciated body was stuffed into a suitcase and burned on a bonfire

Police release bodycam footage from Sterling Brown arrest

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:38

Milwaukee police released bodycam footage from the Jan. 26 arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown.