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Turkish-backed rebels advance on Kurdish-held Syrian town

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 09:40

Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels battling Kurdish militia in northern Syria advanced on Saturday to less than two kilometres from the flashpoint town of Afrin, a war monitor said. The move came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened again to "purge" Kurdish militia from the town. Turkey launched operation "Olive Branch" on January 20 against the powerful Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Afrin region in northwest Syria and which Ankara regards as a "terror group".

Turkish forces reach outskirts of Afrin town: monitor

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 09:34

Turkish forces have reached the outskirts of the town of Afrin after a weeks-long campaign against a Kurdish militia in northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group said on Saturday. Turkey and allied Syrian rebel groups it supports are advancing on the town from the east under intense bombardment, the Britain-based Observatory said. Ankara launched its offensive in the Afrin region on its border in January, aiming to drive out the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the PKK group that has fought a three-decade insurgency inside Turkey.

Black Girl Magic Is Written In The Pages Of ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 09:01

Fifty-six years after it’s publication, Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved children’s book A Wrinkle In Time came to the big screen under the direction of Ava DuVernay, the Oscar-nominated black woman filmmaker from Compton. DuVernay’s version of the classic story comes with many changes, the most obvious being that the main protagonist Meg looks a lot different than how many readers may have imagined her. DuVernay’s creation is a representation of multifaceted black girlhood where positive traits, like love, hope and determination exist alongside anger, stubbornness and impatience.

U.S.'s Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 08:28

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cancelled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of a visit to Kenya because he had been feeling unwell, a State Department spokesman said, adding that he would resume his programme on Sunday. "The secretary is not feeling well after a long couple days working on major issues back home such as North Korea and has cancelled his events for the day," spokesman Steve Goldstein told reporters travelling with Tillerson. "Some events will go ahead without him, while they are looking at the possibility of rescheduling others," said Goldstein, under-secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department.

Clinton warns of 'diplomatic danger' in N. Korea talks

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 08:03

Hillary Clinton has warned that the Trump administration "was not recognising the danger" in discussing nuclear disarmament with Pyongyang, and said Washington lacked experienced diplomats to handle the talks. "If you want to talk to Kim Jong Un about his nuclear weapons you need experienced diplomats," Clinton was quoted as telling Dutch tabloid Algemeen Dagblad in an interview published Saturday. "These are people familiar with the dossiers and who know the North Koreans and their language," Trump's presidential rival said in an interview conducted in Amsterdam and published in Dutch.

Readers write: Reactions to 'Armed in America' book review

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 06:00

We received a very robust response to our Jan. 26 review of “Armed in America,” by Patrick J. Charles, that appeared in the Books section of CSMonitor.com. From the more than 100 reader responses that arrived within a few days of publishing it, we have chosen a few that give some idea of the range of opinion represented. 

Trump administration 'examines death penalty for drug dealers' as part of a crackdown on opioids

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 05:48

Drug dealers could be executed in the US under a policy reportedly being looked at by Donald Trump's administration. In one of a number of proposals being examined, prosecutors could be given the go-ahead to pursue the death penalty in cases involving the trafficking of the synthetic drug fentanyl, given that small doses of it can be fatal. It would come as part of a wider crackdown on opioids, which claimed the lives of more than 60,000 Americans in 2016, The Washington Post reported.

Four dead after hostage situation at California veterans home ends in fatal shooting

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 04:51

Police discovered the bodies at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, which treats veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder, following a suspected hostage situation. The gunman, identified as Albert Wong, was a 36-year-old former patient who had served as an Army rifleman in Afghanistan. The victims have now been identified as Pathway Home employees Christine Loeber, 48, Jennifer Golick, 42, and clinical psychologist for the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Jennifer Gonzalez, 29.

Victims, gunman identified in Yountville veterans home shooting tragedy

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 03:50

A day-long standoff in Yountville has ended in tragedy. The Napa County Coroner's office has identified the three female victims and male gunman that died after an armed gunman entered a staff meeting, taking hostages.

Waymo self-driving rigs to haul Google cargo

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 03:13

Google-owned Waymo on Friday said that its self-driving trucks will haul cargo bound for the internet giant's data centers in Georgia. Rival Uber made a similar announcement on Tuesday, saying it is using self-driving semi trucks to augment human-driven rigs in its on-demand trucking service in the US state of Arizona. Waymo driverless trucks will go to work in the Atlanta area Monday as part of a pilot program intended to help integrate autonomous big rigs with the operations of shippers, ports, terminals, factories, and distribution centers, according to the company.

The Latest: Veterans home victims called 'brave women'

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 02:34

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an armed man at a veterans home in Northern California (all times local):

Three women, suspect dead in California hostage standoff

Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:20

A gunman and three women thought to be his hostages were found dead Friday at a California veterans home after an hours-long standoff with police. The assailant struck at 10:20 am (1820 GMT) at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in the Napa Valley, the largest veterans' home in the United States with around 1,000 former servicemen and women. "Shortly before 6:00 pm this evening law enforcement personnel made entry into the room where we felt the hostages were being held by the suspect and unfortunately made the discovery of three deceased females and one deceased male suspect," Captain Chris Childs of the California Highway Patrol told a news conference.

'Wolf of Wall Street' film company to pay $60M settlement

Top Stories - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 23:19

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The production company behind "The Wolf of Wall Street" has agreed to pay the U.S. government $60 million to settle claims it benefited from a massive Malaysian corruption scandal.

2016 heartburn: Dems still wrestling over superdelegates

Top Stories - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 23:17

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is back in the Senate minority. Hillary Clinton is selling books and playing with grandchildren. And the Democratic Party is still navigating the fallout from their bitter 2016 presidential nominating fight.

4 Dead As Hostage Standoff Ends At California Veterans Home

Top Stories - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 23:12

A standoff at a veterans home in Yountville, California, ended Friday night with the deaths of three female employees and the gunman who took them hostage, the California Highway Patrol said. The unidentified gunman, a military veteran armed with a high-powered rifle, stormed the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in Napa County midmorning Friday during a farewell party for an employee. Hostage negotiators were never able to contact the gunman as law enforcement officer and a SWAT team circled the veterans home.

UN: Some rape victims of Islamic State 'like living corpses'

Top Stories - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 21:30

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for sexual violence in conflict who just returned from Iraq said Friday she found "a gross lack" of support for women and girls who were raped and forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State extremists, and survivors she met "were like living corpses."

Intel casts doubt on report of interest in Broadcom

Top Stories - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:52

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Intel's competitive concern about Broadcom's attempt to buy mobile chip rival Qualcomm Inc had led it to consider buying Broadcom, as one of several responses. Responding to an inquiry about the Journal's report, Intel said it does not comment on "rumors or speculation" related to mergers and acquisitions but that it is focused on its previous acquisitions.

Teen charged with manslaughter in Alabama school shooting

Top Stories - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:48

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 17-year-old high school junior was charged Friday with manslaughter and illegal firearms possession in a classroom shooting that killed a fellow student at an Alabama high school.

NRA Sues To Block Brand-New Gun Law In Florida

Top Stories - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 18:44

The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday to block a new gun law in Florida just over an hour after it was signed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is an NRA member. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act — passed three weeks after a mass shooting at the school killed 17 people — raises the minimum legal age for buying any guns in Florida from 18 to 21 and would allow some teachers and other staff in the Florida school system to be armed after training. SB 7026 also prohibits gun ownership by people mental health problems and expands the three-day waiting period that had applied only to handguns to now include long gun purchases.

It Only Takes One Trump Tweet To Fall Into North Korea's Trap

Top Stories - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 17:51

On Thursday, President Donald Trump shocked the world by agreeing to meet Kim Jong-Un in person in Pyongyang, in what would be the first ever face-to-face meeting between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader. It is certainly possible the White House is correct.


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