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Italy demands Netherlands recall NGO migrant rescue ships

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 16:34

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Italy on Saturday demanded that the Netherlands recall two Dutch-flagged migrant rescue ships after one of the non-governmental organizations that operate them called Rome's interior minister a fascist. A heated exchange erupted after interior minister Matteo Salvini told more foreign NGOs operating migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean they could not dock in Italian ports.

Former Cambridge Analytica staff 'working on Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign'

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 16:21

A data company run by former employees of Cambridge Analytica (CA) has been quietly working on President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, according to reports. Journalists from Associated Press (AP) overheard the president of new consulting firm Data Propria Matt Oczkowski say in a public space that he and the former data scientist of Cambridge Analytica were working with Mr Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale on the new re-election campaign. CA had also worked on the successful 2016 campaign.

Austria calls on Germany to clarify spying allegations

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 15:43

Austria called on Germany Saturday to clarify new allegations that its secret service systematically spied on politicians, international organisations and companies on Austrian territory, as reported by two national newspapers. Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen called for "full clarification" from the German authorities, while Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged Berlin to "cooperate properly" in shedding light on newspaper reports regarding the past activities of the federal intelligence service, the BND.

29-Pound Cat Up for Adoption After He Takes Himself For a Walk

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 15:36

He had no chip.

Gal Gadot Reveals First Look At 'Wonder Woman' 2 Costume

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 15:36

The Amazonian goddess is returning to the silver screen, and this time its the

School to be named after journalist, undocumented immigrant

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 13:45

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — At a divisive time for U.S. immigration policies, a California school board has decided to name a new elementary school after an award-winning journalist who disclosed in 2011 that he had been living in the U.S. illegally.

Stunning nighttime lava display in Hawaii captured on video by US military

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 13:34

This stunning footage shows rivers of lava pouring from a volcano close to a Hawaii town.

Two Kansas Deputies Shot, Killed During Inmate Transport

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 13:16

Two Wyandotte County deputies were shot and killed Friday afternoon while a suspect was being moved from court back to the jail.

Afghanistan Eid car bomb, claimed by Islamic State, kills 26

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:30

By Rupam Jain and Qadir Sediqi KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire. Islamic State claimed responsibility. The Taliban had already denied involvement.

Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warns

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:58

A study in the journal Pediatrics links lack of sleep to higher odds for heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. It found that less than a third of kids get the recommended amount of sleep.

Tent camp built near border to house migrant children separated from parents

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:47

2,000 children have been separated from their parents in the last six weeks, housed in a former Walmart or small group homes, as part of the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policy.

2 Kansas sheriff's deputies die after inmate-involved shooting, police say

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:45

A second sheriff's deputy died early Saturday from injuries suffered when an inmate who was being transported in Kansas City overpowered two officers and shot them.

Kind Texas Cop Buys Groceries for Man Whose Were Stolen When He Fainted Outside

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:42

She said it's part of her job.

Migrant father: 'Just destroyed' by separation from children caused by Trump policy

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:11

MSNBC’s Mariano Atencio reports from the Catholic Charities Christian shelter center in McAllen, Texas, the next stop for many migrants after they’ve been released from detention centers.

The Next Great China Threat: An Invasion of the Philippines?

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:04

It's not clear whether the warning was prompted by genuine fears of Chinese aggression or Filipino domestic politics. The Philippines should prepare to be invaded by China, warns a former top Philippines defense official. "Within hours, the Chinese can destroy most of the country's defense facilities and probably some of our cities," former secretary of national defense and national security adviser Norberto Gonzales told Philippines news site Rappler.

Eid truce between Afghan army and Taliban marred by deadly blast

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 09:36

A blast at a ceasefire meeting of Taliban fighters in the country's east has killed up to 20 even as the war-weary country celebrated an unprecedented holiday truce in the long-running conflict. The explosion hit a meeting in Nangarhar province as fighters met to mark the Taliban's three-day ceasefire to mark the religious festival of Eid al-Fitr. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion. At least one hardline Taliban splinter faction had previously said it would not abide by the truce, while the area is also known as a stronghold of the Islamic State group. Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, provincial police chief, said the attack in Rodat district came as dozens of fighters had gathered to celebrate the truce and most of the dead were Taliban. The blast came at the end of a day which had seen widespread jubilation and scenes of Taliban and Afghan military adversaries greeting each other with hugs and selfies in a large number of Afghan towns. People celebrate ceasefire in Rodat district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan Credit: REUTERS/Parwiz President Ashraf Ghani, who first announced a week-long break in hostilities as a peace overture, on Saturday said he would extend his own truce and called on the Taliban to follow. The unexpected scenes even saw dozens of unarmed militants enter the Afghan capital. Insurgent fighters  entered Kabul through gates in the south and southeast and traffic jams formed where people stopped to take pictures of the fighters with their flags. The Taliban urged people to come forward and take photos with them. Taliban members celebrate ceasefire in Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan Credit: REUTERS/Parwiz "They are unarmed as they handed over their weapons at the entrances," Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told Reuters. Their weapons would be returned when they leave, he said. In provincial and district capitals, Taliban militants rode motorbikes into towns normally under siege from the insurgent violence and the fighters exchanged greetings with police and soldiers. Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other  Credit: NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images Mohammad Amir, a resident of Kunduz which in 2015 was briefly overrun by insurgents, said "I could not believe my eyes. I saw Taliban and police standing side by side and taking selfies." The surprise truce follows years of fruitless peace overtures and thwarted diplomacy to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of Afghans and more than 450 British troops. "I am here to offer greetings to our brothers in the police and army," one Taliban commander called Baba told AFP in eastern Nangahar. "We have held the ceasefire well so far. Everyone is tired of war and if our leaders order us to continue the ceasefire, we will hold it forever," he added. Other fighters said peace could only be found when international troops led by America had left the country.

World Cup in Kenya prison

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 09:15

As part of their rehabilitation, inmates at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in rural Kenya are playing their own version of the World Cup, with teams named after the countries competing at the real thing.

The Week's Most Important Car Numbers

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 09:00

From a new BMW to a powerful Aston Martin, these are the most important numbers of the week.

Figures show about 2,000 minors separated from families

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 08:47

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 2,000 minors have been separated from their families at the U.S. border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures obtained by The Associated Press.