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Lebanon's Hariri named PM, wants unity government fast

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:36

Saad al-Hariri was designated as Lebanon's next prime minister on Thursday and said all parties agreed that a national unity government must be formed as quickly as possible due to economic risks at home and growing dangers in the region. The new coalition government is expected to reflect the enhanced political position of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah and allies that support its possession of arms, which together won at least 70 of parliament's 128 seats in an election on May 6. Hariri won the support of nearly all the MPs in the new parliament during consultations with President Michel Aoun on Thursday, reflecting his status as the top Sunni politician despite his steep losses in the election.

Star Wars-loving family builds massive Millennium Falcon on their roof

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:00

The Powell family built their tribute to the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” in honor of ‘Solo,’ the latest Star Wars film, with help from friends and family.

Immigrant Children Accuse Border Patrol Of Abuse And Neglect, Report Shows

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:55

U.S. Border Patrol agents have resorted to troubling tactics toward

Pres. Trump calls off summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:52

A senior administration official says Trump made the decision after statements from North Korea threatened a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” and called Vice President Pence a “political dummy.”

Permethrin-Treated Clothing May Disable Ticks, Study Finds

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:40

Shirts, pants, hats, and other clothing treated with the insecticide known as permethrin have been touted for 15 years as a way to prevent the tick bites that can lead to Lyme disease, Rocky Moun...

'Infinity War' Writers Try To Clear Up Marvel's Problematic Timeline

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:36

"Infinity War" screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus helped to

Sandy Hook families sue US conspiracy theorist

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:19

Six families of victims killed in one of America's worst mass shootings have filed a lawsuit against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has claimed the massacre days shortly before Christmas 2012 never happened. Twenty small children and six adults were killed in less than five minutes on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, by 20-year-old killer Adam Lanza who then turned the gun on himself. A Connecticut law firm filed the defamation lawsuit in Bridgeport on Wednesday accusing Jones, his far-right website Infowars, other financial backers, one of his guests and another associate of greed in peddling their campaign.

Taiwan leader lashes China after Burkina Faso cuts ties

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:00

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen lashed out at China on Thursday after Burkina Faso broke diplomatic ties with the island, the second country to do so this month. The move, which has been welcomed by China, comes after the Dominican Republic switched recognition to Beijing earlier this month, leaving Taiwan with only 18 diplomatic allies around the world.

Cat Seen Clinging to Roof of Van Speeding Down a Highway

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:09

Officials are trying to figure out how the cat got there.

Trump Abruptly Cancels North Korea Summit With Kim Jong Un

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:56

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a scheduled June 12 summit in

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor - Pictures

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:41

Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:20

An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying. The 54-year-old was cleared in December of trafficking after a High Court judge ruled she did not know she was transporting the drugs. But prosecutors challenged the decision and an appeals court overturned the acquittal Thursday, and found her guilty, her lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said. Anyone caught with at least 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of crystal meth is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and death by hanging is mandatory in the case of a conviction. FAQ | Methamphetamine Shafee slammed the ruling as "perverse" and said Exposto would make a final appeal to the country's top court. "I thought there was an overwhelming case for the defence. I am shocked with the decision," he said. The mother of four argued she did not know about the hidden stash of "ice". She said she had been fooled into carrying the bag after travelling to China to see someone she met online called "Captain Daniel Smith", who had claimed to be a US serviceman. After engaging in a long online romance, Exposto had travelled to Shanghai to see "Smith". But she did not succeed in meeting her supposed love interest while there and ended up being given a bag by a stranger, who asked her to take it to Melbourne. When she arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to change flights, she mistakenly went through immigration as she was unfamiliar with the airport. She voluntarily offered her bags for customs inspection and the drugs were discovered. There are at least 900 people on death row in Malaysia, officials have said, but executions have been rare in recent years. Malaysian lawmakers have voted to amend legislation so that capital punishment is no longer mandatory in drug-trafficking cases. But the changes have not yet come into force as they must be passed by the upper house. Two Australians were hanged in Malaysia in 1986 for heroin trafficking - the first Westerners to be executed in the country - in a case that strained relations. In 2013 Dominic Bird, a former truck driver from Perth, was acquitted of drug trafficking charges after he was allegedly caught with 167 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Rescue Cat Has Hilarious Wide-Eyed Expression After Scan Confirms She Is Pregnant

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:11

An adorable rescue cat called Ulla made the most endearing face after a

13 Wedding Cake Alternatives For Couples Who Prefer Savory Over Sweet

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:02

Sweets and cakes may reign supreme at most weddings, but there's no rule

Children With 'Hallucinating' Woman Are Rescued From Florida Roof Ledge, Cops Say

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 08:07

Bodycam footage shows the terrifying rescue in Florida.

Moses Farrow Defends Woody Allen And Accuses Mia Farrow Of Abuse

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:32

Woody Allen's son Moses Farrow came to the filmmaker's defense on Wednesday in

Hawaii volcano latest: Footage shows blue flames bursting through cracks in road after eruption

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:24

Footage has captured rare blue flames bursting through cracks in a road in Hawaii following the Kilauea volcano eruption. The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees. When this gas flows up through cracks in the road it ignites and produces a blue flame.

French couple guilty of murdering au-pair in London

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:55

A French couple was on Thursday found guilty of murdering their 21-year-old au-pair and then burning her body on a bonfire in their London garden in September last year. Sabrina Kouider, 35, broke into tears after she and partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, were found guilty by a jury at London's Old Bailey court of murdering French live-in nanny Sophie Lionnet. "Only Kouider and Medouni know exactly how they killed Sophie but the prosecution was able to prove that she died as a result of purposeful and sustained violence, and not by accident," said state prosecutor Aisling Hosein.

Australian sentenced to death in Malaysia drugs case

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:29

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An Australian woman accused of drug trafficking in Malaysia was sentenced to death after an appeals court on Thursday overturned a lower court's acquittal, her lawyer said.