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Philippines declares battle with Islamist rebels over in Marawi City

Top Stories - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 04:07

By Roli Ng and Manuel Mogato MARAWI CITY/CLARK, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines on Monday announced the end of five months of military operations in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State rebels, after a fierce and unfamiliar urban war that has marked the country's biggest security crisis in years. Offensive combat operations were terminated after troops put a stop to the last stand of rebel gunmen who clung on inside several buildings in the heart of Marawi, and refused to surrender. Artillery and automatic gunfire were still heard on Monday and Reuters journalists saw flames behind a mosque.


In Communist China, it's a man's world at the top

Top Stories - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 03:18

When Xi Jinping warned against "pleasure seeking" in a stern message to the Communist Party congress last week, the audience included few women and some notable absentees -- officials ousted by graft scandals involving illicit affairs. The scene was a reminder that China's leadership remains a man's world, where women have been excluded from the highest echelons of power and men have abused their positions in sex-for-favours scandals. Since the Communists took power in 1949, under Mao Zedong who famously declared that "women hold up half the sky", no woman has ever risen to the top ruling council.


Snoop Dogg Rips Trump In 'Make America Crip Again'

Top Stories - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 02:07

Snoop Dogg is bashing President Donald Trump again, this time over the NFL anthem controversy.


Hikers’ Families Say Deaths Motivated By ‘Compassion’

Top Stories - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 01:08

The families of a young couple found dead in an embrace believe they died in a murder-suicide motivated by compassion.


George Clooney, Matt Damon Respond to Weinstein Allegations

Top Stories - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 00:00

Clooney and Damon both said they had no knowledge of the alleged misconduct by the man who helped launch their careers.


EPA Abruptly Blocks 3 Agency Scientists From Giving Talks On Climate Change

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 23:51

The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly barred three agency scientists from giving talks about climate change at a conference in Rhode Island days before they were scheduled to speak. Administrator Scott Pruitt has said he does not believe greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels cause climate change, and has scrapped or proposed eliminating numerous regulations to reduce emissions.


John McCain Slams Wealthy Draft Dodgers In Apparent Swipe At Trump

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 22:08

TONIGHT - @SenJohnMcCain talks about the Vietnam War's legacy on C-SPAN, at 6 & 10pm ET. pic.twitter.com/WnZT0n8Mcn—


'It was going to eat her' - Aussie teen survives shark scare

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 20:59

An Australian teenager has survived a terrifying encounter with a great white shark, with her harrowing screams alerting her father who was certain it was about to "eat her". Sarah Williams, 15, was fishing for squid from a kayak off the South Australian coast near Normanville on Sunday when the shark struck. "This shark has just rolled and all I saw was the dark side and the white belly and just huge fins and just white water everywhere," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.


Mother, son and daughter all arrested in connection to multiple robberies on Long Island

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 20:35

A woman and her two children have been arrested in Long Island in connection to seven armed robberies, all of which took place over the last month.


David Petraeus: White House Is Wrong, Generals Are 'Fair Game' For Criticism

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 19:42

Petraeus on WH's claim that it's "inappropriate" to debate a general: "We in uniform protect the rights of others to criticize us frankly."


2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T: Here It Is

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 19:25

The Carrera T is yet another 911 variant, but this is now the lightest 911 you can buy.


Pets And People Are Joyously Reuniting After California Wildfires

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 18:50

Some Northern Californians who feared the worst for their pets in the wake of this month’s deadly wildfires are getting some welcome good news in recent days: Their animals survived.


Teen attacks, wounds several people with ax in Switzerland

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 18:36

BERLIN (AP) — A 17-year-old boy apparently attacked and wounded several people with an ax in a small town in northeastern Switzerland on Sunday evening, police said.


Abe to push reform of Japan's pacifist constitution after election win

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 18:26

By Leika Kihara and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc scored a big win in Sunday's election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation's longest-serving premier and re-energizing his push to revise the pacifist constitution. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition won a combined 312 seats, keeping its two-thirds "super majority" in the 465-member lower house, local media said. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012, will secure a third three-year term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japan's longest-serving premier.


Mitch McConnell says he still trusts President Trump, despite past scuffles

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 18:07

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still trusts Donald Trump, despite the president’s attacks on him and the rest of the GOP, McConnell told CNN Sunday on "State of the Union."


Two dead as typhoon slams into Japan after election day

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 15:50

A powerful typhoon ripped into central Japan early Monday, leaving two dead and more than 10 injured, hours after millions struggled to the polls for a national election. Authorities advised thousands living in coastal areas or near rivers to evacuate to shelters as Typhoon Lan, described as "very large and very strong", made landfall in Shizuoka southwest of Tokyo at around 3.00 am (1800 GMT Sunday). The typhoon was moving northeast as winds slowed slightly, and may hit Tokyo and surrounding regions during Monday morning rush hours.


Putin critic Navalny, freed from jail, resumes presidential campaign

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 15:41

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny held a political rally on Sunday, hours after being released from jail and pledged to continue his presidential campaign despite the authorities saying he is ineligible to stand. Navalny, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was detained by police in late September and sentenced to 20 days in jail on charges of repeatedly violating laws by organizing public meeting and rallies. It was the third time he had been jailed this year, part of what he says is a pattern of Kremlin harassment designed to thwart his political ambitions.


Jimmy Carter Wants to Help President Trump Resolve the North Korea Crisis

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 14:20

“I told him that I was available if they ever need me”


Travel plea for conjoined twins in blockaded Gaza

Top Stories - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 14:05

Conjoined twins born in Gaza Sunday need to leave the blockaded Palestinian enclave for treatment crucial to their survival, their doctor and a family member said. "A woman gave birth this morning to Siamese twins joined at the stomach and pelvis," Allam Abu Hamda, head of the neonatal unit at Gaza's Shifa Hospital, told AFP. The twins, whose condition Abu Hamda said was stable, have one shared leg, but separate hearts and lungs.


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