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Syrian jihadist alliance decries rebel groups planning incursion: statement

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 13:32

Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of jihadist factions in Syria, on Saturday decried Turkey-backed Syrian rebel factions planning an operation in the northwestern Idlib province where it dominates, saying it would "not be a picnic" for them. Earlier on Saturday Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebel fighters were preparing to launch "a serious operation" in Idlib backed by Turkish forces from inside Turkey's borders. The operation comes after an agreement last month between Turkey, Russia and Iran to set up a "de-escalation zone" in northwest Syria where Idlib is located to reduce warfare there.


World Zombie Day 2017

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 12:50

World Zombie Day is an international annual event that grew from Pittsburgh's first Zombie Walk at Monroeville Mall in 2006 — the setting for “Dawn of the Dead.” Now, more than 50 cities participate in the event.


Nelly Arrested On Accusation Of Rape

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 12:50

Auburn Police in Washington arrested rapper Nelly Saturday morning on an accusation that he raped a woman on his tour bus.


Niger buries soldiers killed in 'terrorist' attack

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 12:31

Niger on Saturday buried soldiers killed in an ambush this week on the Niger-Mali border, which also claimed the lives of US special forces troops in the country to provide anti-terror support. Nigerien Defence Minister Kalla Moutari, US ambassador Eunice Reddick and other lawmakers watched as the four bodies were taken from the city morgue in Niamey, before being buried in a cemetery. With tears in their eyes, the widows, children and relatives of those killed also took part in the ceremony, during which Nigerien soldiers praised their fallen comrades for their "dynamism" and "bravery" in the fight against "terrorists".


Survivalist spends 45 years filling huge basement with food — then decides Puerto Ricans need it more

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 12:28

A grieving widower survivalist and a young Puerto Rican couple have found a way to turn tragedy into hope. Forty barrels, filled with over 300 pounds of food each are making their way to Puerto Rico after Joseph Badame ran into Victoria Barber at an estate sale where bankers were selling of Mr Badame’s New Jersey home. The food — amassed over 45 years as Mr Badame prepared with his late wife for a potential national or international crisis — were not for sale, and the 74-year-old was concerned it would all get tossed.


Two Moms Arrested After Allegedly Overdosing With Their Two Infants in the Backseat

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 12:23

They were taken to the hospital and then to jail, reports said.


'Honest Trailers' Creator Suspended After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:59

Andy Signore, the creator of the popular video series, “Honest Trailers” and the website Screen Junkies is now suspended from the parent company Defy Media after multiple women came forward on Twitter Friday accusing him of sexual harassment.


Body Cam Footage Raises Questions in Police Killing of a Black Man

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:35

The video, released by Salt Lake City Police, shows the shooting death of a 50-year-old black man at the hands of a white police officer.


Evacuations off to a Slow Start in Advance of Hurricane Nate

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:31

With shelters mostly empty along the gulf coast, emergency officials fear that the widespread voluntary evacuation orders may have been ignored.


Russian protesters rally on Vladimir Putin's birthday

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:10

Police detained more than 100 supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday as thousands rallied nationwide on President Vladimir Putin's 65th birthday, calling for the leader to retire.  Mr Putin, who has now reached the official retirement age of lower-ranking state employees, is widely expected to run again in next year's presidential election and enjoys a high approval rating. Mr Navalny has declared his intention to run in the election next March and was campaigning in provincial cities as part of his long-shot bid for the presidency.  He was arrested late last month and a court last week sentenced him to 20 days in jail on charges of repeatedly violating a law on organising public meetings. Demonstrators attend an unauthorised anti-Kremlin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny Credit: AFP Mr Navalny's arrest galvanised supporters in 80 cities, who turned out on Saturday in a nationwide protest against the ruling. "I came out to support the opposition because I don't agree with the course our country has taken," said Anatoly Morozov, a student dressed in a fox costume at the St Petersburg protest. "The ignorance and insanity has reached impossible levels." Protesters chanted "Free Navalny," "Putin's a theif" and "Fourth term in prison," referring to the president's expected run for re-election. Last year Mr Putin played hockey on his birthday, but the mood this year was not as light. The Kremlin said on Friday he would be taking phone calls and attending a meeting of the security council in Sochi. Russian riot-police seen blocking Liteiny Prospekt on today Navalny support march in St-Petersburg Credit: DMITRI BELIAKOV for The Telegraph Local authorities refused permission for many of the demonstrations and told residents not to attend. Mr Putin's spokesman warned that violators could be prosecuted, but activists declared they would go ahead anyway. “Many supporters want to see Navalny as president, they come out on the streets because for now that's the only format in which they can express this,” said Polina Kostyleva, the head of Mr Navalny's St Petersburg campaign office. She was detained and fined this week after police raided the office and found fliers about the protest. A demonstrator chats slogans during an unauthorised anti-Kremlin rally Credit: AFP Police in several cities detained campaign activists before the protests even began. In the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, where an estimated 700 people came to the demonstration including maverick mayor Yevgeny Roizman, police detained at least 18 people, according to independent monitoring group OVD-Info. In Moscow, protesters chanted “down with the tsar” and marched toward the Kremlin before running into a wall of riot police. Russian riot-police seen arresting protester on today Navalny support march in St-Petersburg Credit: DMITRI BELIAKOV for The Telegraph At least one protester was detained, but there were no mass arrests that took place at protests in June, when 850 people were taken into custody. Police said 700 people had participated while activists put the number as high as 2,000.


11 Injured After Car Strikes Pedestrians Outside of London Museum

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 10:32

"He looked really proud of himself," a witness said. "He was laughing."


Iraq-Syria border set for last major assault on IS: US general

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 10:26

The "final large fight" in Iraq against the Islamic State group will take place on the border with Syria, a general in a US-led coalition against the jihadists said Saturday. "The next fight and the final large fight will be in the Middle Euphrates River Valley... on the Iraqi-Syrian border," Brigadier General Robert Sofge, the coalition's Deputy Commanding General, told AFP. IS seized vast areas of Iraq and Syria in 2014.


Bright Outlook for Energy-Saving Lightbulbs

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 09:44

The average household spends about 5 percent of its energy budget on lighting, according to the Department of Energy. Replace your most frequently used bulbs with Energy Star certified LEDs or CF...


North Korea's Air Force Is Total Junk (But It Can Still Kill)

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 09:43

North Korea’s Korean People's Army Air Force (KPAAF)—referred to as the Air and Anti-Air Force Command in South Korean documents—is not in the top ranks of the world’s air forces. The regime’s survival is their survival, and thus the so-called Korean People’s Army is a dedicated to their supreme leader and is likely to put up a fanatical defense in the event of a renewed war. Among the most antiquated and obsolete aircraft in the North Korean air force is the Shenyang J-5, a Chinese copy of the 1950s-era Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 Fresco.


Philippines 'breeding ground for terrorists' says NY plotter

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 09:32

A Filipino suspect in a thwarted jihadist plot targetting New York City had boasted that his country was "a breeding ground for terrorists", the US Justice Department said Saturday. Russell Salic and two others have been charged with involvement in the plan to carry out the attacks in the name of the Islamic State group during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2016. A statement released by the US embassy in Manila said Salic, 37, transferred money to the other suspects for the operation, saying he could safely do this from the Philippines without attracting attention.


This Man Is Building An 'Army Of Environmental Super Voters' To Rival The NRA In Turnout

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 08:16

Nathaniel Stinnett knows he’s preaching to the choir.


Danish police find severed head of Swedish journalist Kim Wall

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:28

Police divers in Denmark have found the severed head and legs of Kim Wall, the Swedish journalist who died on board the home-built submarine of Danish artist-inventor Peter Madsen. Jens Møller Jensen, the chief investigator in the case, told journalists on Saturday that the head showed no signs of serious injury, contradicting Mr Madsen’s claims last month that Wall died after a heavy hatch fell onto her head. “There are no signs of fractures to the skull, or signs of blows from a blunt instrument,” he said. “There are several minor injuries which I will not go into.” Mr Madsen, 46, who is being held on suspicion of murder, told a court last month that he had entered a “suicidal psychosis” following the accident, and then “buried” Wall at sea. Danish submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen Credit: EPA The 30-year-old journalist, who had written for Vice Magazine, the Guardian, and the New York Times, joined Mr Madsen on board UC3 Nautilus on the evening of August 10, planning to write an article on him.  Her boyfriend raised the alarm early the next day when she failed to return home. Mr Møller Jensen said that police divers recovered a bag containing Wall's clothes in the waters off Avedøre Holme, an industrial area south of Copenhagen. Remembering Kim Wall: a tribute from family and friends 01:47 The discovery was made about 1km (0.6 miles) from the spot where police dogs on loan from Sweden had signalled the presence of human remains.  The bag contained a knife and metal tools seemingly intended to weigh it down. Shortly afterwards, divers found a leg, an hour later another leg. Finally, they discovered Wall’s head, which had been placed in a bag weighed down with heavy pieces of metal. The head was confirmed as Wall's on Friday night through forensic dental analysis.  "We are pleased that her head and legs have now been found, both for the purposes of the investigation, and from an ethical perspective,” Mr Møller Jensen said.   Police technicians on board the home-made submarine UC3 Nautilus on a pier in Copenhagen harbour Credit: AP “I hope we can also find her arms so that Kim Wall’s family can bring a whole body home to bury.” Wall’s family were informed of the find on Friday evening. A website, Remembering Kim Wall, has been set up to commemorate her life. Mr Madsen’s defence lawyer Betina Hald Engmark told the Ekstra Bladet newspaper on Saturday that she had informed her client of the discovery, but was not willing to comment on its significance. “I’ve been informed about the discovery, but I have not yet received any material or documents,” she told the newspaper. “The case and any evidence must be judged by a court when the time comes.” Mr Madsen scuttled his submarine close to the Drogden Lighthouse in Køge Bay on August 11, and was rescued shortly before it sunk below the water. He initially claimed that he had dropped Wall off back on dry land but afterwards admitted that he had disposed of her body after she died on board. Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen, on Wednesday revealed in court that police had found 15 stab wounds on Wall's torso, 14 of which were found around her genitals. They also found videos shot of real life murders of women on the hard drive of his computer.  Mr Madsen is due to appear in court again on October 31.


Hamas arrests suspected jihadist leader in Gaza

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:09

Hamas police detained a suspected jihadist leader in Gaza on Saturday, a security source said, the latest in a series of arrests of those accused of Islamic State group ideology. "This morning, security forces arrested Nour Issa, 27, who is a leader of the deviant thought movement and is from Bureij Camp in central Gaza, along with others," the source said, using a phrase Hamas officials routinely use to refer to jihadists, including IS. The Islamist Hamas movement has run Gaza for a decade but it has been challenged by small hardline factions, some of them inspired by IS, who advocate a stricter, Salafist interpretation of the faith.


Rohingya militants say ceasefire to end on October 9

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 06:19

Rohingya militants whose attacks triggered an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state unleashing a huge wave of refugees said Saturday their one-month ceasefire would end in two days, but added they were open to a peace deal if the government offered it. In a statement released through its Twitter account, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said its unilateral truce would end at midnight on October 9. "The humanitarian pause was conducted in order to enable humanitarian actors to assess and respond to the humanitarian crisis in Arakan (Rakhine)," the statement said.


Donald Trump Marks Hispanic Heritage Month By Mocking The Puerto Rican Accent

Top Stories - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 04:12

President Donald Trump used an exaggerated Spanish accent during a speech marking Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House on Friday.


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