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Guinea massacre suspects to go before criminal tribunal

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 12:24

Fourteen suspects held over a 2009 stadium massacre in Guinea which killed 157 people are to go before a criminal tribunal after a legal investigation concluded, the country's justice minister said. "I am happy to announce to you that the judicial investigation into the 2009 Conakry stadium massacre ended on December 29. At least 157 people were killed and 109 women raped by troops during a massive opposition protest in the stadium on September 28, 2009 against the rule of then junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara after his security forces opened fire on the crowd.


Russian security agency arrests supermarket bombing suspect

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 11:58

MOSCOW (AP) — A man was arrested Saturday in connection with a St. Petersburg supermarket bombing that wounded 18 people, Russia's main domestic security agency said.


New moms in Puerto Rico face a health care crisis

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 11:13

Since Hurricane Maria, public health experts say Puerto Rico is facing a growing crisis, and with many doctors having left the island, expectant mothers must turn to the few still-open clinics.


From sniper to saint, showing Iraqi Shiite militias' power

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 10:57

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — In his martyrdom, he has virtually become a new saint for Iraq's Shiites. His poster adorns shop windows, men and women wear his image as badges. Poems praise his valor. His sniper's rifle, with which he's said to have killed nearly 400 Islamic State group militants, is now enshrined in a museum in the holiest Shiite city.


Ten prisoners in eastern Turkey on hunger strike, health worsening: lawyers

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 10:34

The health of 10 women prisoners in Turkey has deteriorated since they went on hunger strike to protest against a new security measure, a lawyers' association in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir said on Saturday. Six women in a jail in the eastern province of Elazig went on hunger strike on Nov. 10, to protest against a rule obliging them to wear an ID while outside their living quarters, the Bar association said. The Diyarbakir Bar said the prisoners were losing weight and starting to have serious health problems.


Activist Erica Garner, Daughter Of Eric Garner, Dead At 27 After Heart Attack

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 10:34

Activist Erica Garner, the eldest daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner, died Friday morning, less than a week after suffering a heart attack.


Dozens of militants evacuated from southern Syria

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 09:55

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Syrian militants and their families departed aboard buses from an area besieged by government forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights early Saturday, part of a deal to clear yet another district of insurgents.


2 Dead, 1 Injured In Shooting At California Law Firm

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 09:18

A shooter opened fire at a southern California law firm Friday, killing one man and injuring another before fatally turning the gun on himself, police said.


Russian court upholds ban on Navalny running against Putin in 2018

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 07:06

Russia's Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed an appeal by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against a decision by the country's central election commission to bar him from taking part in next year's presidential election. The commission this week barred Navalny from taking part in the March 18 vote because of a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up. Navalny, who did not attend the Supreme Court hearing, wrote on Twitter that he and his supporters "will not recognize elections without competition" and renewed calls for a boycott of the vote.


Serbia launches probe after toxic waste dumped near Belgrade

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 06:27

The mayor of a Belgrade suburb said Saturday that a large-scale investigation will be launched following the discovery of 25 tonnes of toxic waste found dumped in a private field. "This is just the beginning of a major operation that will take place on our territory and in Serbia," Obrenovac mayor Miroslav Cuckovic told state television (RTS). The environment ministry announced Friday the dumped waste had been found, and analysis is under way to determine if the surrounding soil has been polluted.


For reproductive rights campaigners 2017 felt like the calm before the storm

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 06:00

Activists protest against the Trump administration and rally for women’s rights during a march to honor International Woman’s Day on 8 March 2017 in Washington. The year 2017 was supposed to be when reproductive health battles simmering in the states boiled over into national policy. Not only did Republicans retain control of Congress in last year’s election, Donald Trump stocked his administration with people opposed to not only abortion but everything from sex education to insurance coverage for contraception.


Nepal bans solo climbers from Everest

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 03:04

Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents, an official said Saturday. The cabinet late Thursday endorsed a revision to the Himalayan nation's mountaineering regulations, banning solo climbers from its mountains -- one of a string of measures being flagged ahead of the 2018 spring climbing season. "The changes have barred solo expeditions, which were allowed before," Maheshwor Neupane, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told AFP.


Mass pro-government rallies in Iran after protests

Top Stories - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 02:58

State television showed huge crowds of black-clad supporters gathering in the capital Tehran, second city Mashhad and elsewhere to mark the anniversary of the end of "the sedition" -- the last major unrest that followed disputed elections in 2009. The pre-planned rallies came just after anti-government protests, which had spread from Mashhad on Thursday to numerous towns across the country. Initially aimed against high prices, the anti-government protests quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole.


2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting at Southern California law firm

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 21:13

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man walked into the Southern California law firm where he worked and shot two men Friday before turning the gun on himself, police said.


Russia Could Soon Sell the S-400 Air Defense System to India: Report

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 20:45

Russia is on the cusp of signing a deal to sell India its S-400 air and missile defense system, according to a senior Russian official. Recently appearing on Russian television, Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said the two countries were nearing an agreement. "We hope that the S-400 deal will be signed with India soon," Rogozin said, TASS reported.


Someone swapped photos of Trump with his animatronic, and plz let my mom know I am dead

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:55

This photoshop says a thousand words, all of which are "help." For Twitter user's @Bornmiserable's latest creation, he swapped photos of the real Trump with his now legendary Disney animatronic figure. The result was just as upsetting as you always imagined it would be. SEE ALSO: Disney's new weapon in the war on Netflix: Hulu @BornMiserable says it's an improvement, which I cannot independently verify as this image has turned me into stone. "I've done several Trump Photoshops and when I saw that animatronic figure, I just thought it would make more sense to put it in place of him — just about as much of a human being as he is," @BornMiserable told Mashable. Image: bornmiserable/twitter Image: bornmiserable/twitter Image: bornmiserable/twitter another, requested by .@Browtweaten: pic.twitter.com/sQ1g5BS2qd — Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) December 29, 2017 When Disney world introduced the Trump animatronic two weeks ago, it was met with fairly universal horror. Critics accused the artist of modeling Trump after a Chucky Doll and/or Hillary Clinton, which is both fair and accurate. Trump robot in the Hall of Presidents looks like a 71-year-old Chucky doll. pic.twitter.com/yLCBmhpNvG — John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) December 19, 2017 Here me out on this. Clearly Disney had Hilary's robot ready to go and then they had to try and make it look like Trump. Don't hate me. This is just a necessary and painful fact we all need to deal with. pic.twitter.com/biSirfwE59 — Shannon O'Neill (@spotastic) December 19, 2017 Frankly, I'd take the animatronic over the real one. Animatronic 2020! WATCH: 2017 was a year of beauty— weird, weird beauty


Marco Rubio: Tax Bill ‘Probably Went Too Far’ On Corporate Handouts

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:31

has some hangups about the GOP’s tax bill, and he’s speaking out ― over a week after he delivered a crucial vote in its favor and helped send it to President Donald Trump’s desk.


Court refuses to release elephants from zoo after campaigners say they are 'persons entitled to liberty'

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:31

A Connecticut court has refused to free three elephants from a zoo after an animal rights group asked it to do so. The court ruled that Minnie, Beulah, and Karen do not qualify as “persons entitled to liberty and equality” under state law. Judge James Bentivegna wrote in the decision that “the petition is wholly frivolous on its face” because it relied on applying “human rights of freedom and equality” to the animals.


Road rage finally puts alleged 'Goodfellas' mobster, 82, behind bars

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:18

New York may have recorded a dramatic fall in crime this year, including the lowest annual murder total since the 1950s, but a sentencing hearing in Brooklyn on Thursday revealed the persistence of some of the city’s most famous criminal traditions. Prosecutors allege that Vincent Asaro, 82, was inducted into the Bonanno crime syndicate more than 40 years ago and has held the position of captain and been a member of the family’s ruling panel. On Thursday, however, Asaro was sentenced to eight years in prison for his part in a road rage incident in the mob stronghold of Howard Beach, Queens.


US eyes increased pumping from biggest federal water project

Top Stories - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration said Friday it will look at revving up water deliveries to farmers from California's Central Valley Project, the largest federal water project in the United States, in what environmental groups called a threat to protections for struggling native salmon and other endangered species.


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