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Kidnappers abduct group from restaurant in Mexican tourist resort

Four women were among the targeted group but they were not taken by the gunmen. Mass kidnappings have grabbed headlines in Mexico in recent years, including the 2014 disappearance and slaying of 43 college students by a drug gang allied with local police in the southern state of Guerrero. Read More »

Canadian police kill terror suspect

A video in which a masked man pledged allegiance to ISIL and vowed to make Canadians pay for fighting the terror group set off a fast-paced investigation that led to an explosion and the death of an extremist in Ontario, the RCMP said Thursday. Read More »

South African woman jailed for kidnapping newborn Zephany Nurse 19 years ago


The accused woman had earlier pleaded not guilty, saying she had been given the baby at a Cape Town railway station after entering into a private "adoption" programme. In March, Judge John Hlophe convicted the woman of kidnapping, fraud, and contravening the Children's Act. Her biological mother and father celebrated Zephany's birthday every year. Read More »

Detectives question man in slayings of NYC imam, associate

Scores of people at a rally at the scene of the shooting chanted "We want justice!" NY news media have reported that the mosque serves many foreign-born worshipers. After a preliminary investigation, police said they believed that a lone gunman shot the two men during a robbery, according to NBC 4 NY. They arrested the 35-year-old man after they tracked "him through an old-model Chevy Trailblazer similar to the one the killer was spotted getting into at the scene of the crime". Read More »

One person shot in Milwaukee protest but no repeat of riots

Police said multiple arrests had been made, but the National Guard was not called to the areas of the latest disturbances. Just after midnight, lines of police began moving down Burleigh St. Police say 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith was fleeing and had a stolen handgun when he was shot; they say bodycam footage clearly shows him holding the weapon. Read More »

U.S. greets India on 70th Independence Day


Remember the sacrifice our Indian freedom fighters who shaped this country. The then chief of Indian National Congress, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, presided over as the first Prime Minister of the nation. Greeting India on its 70th Independence Day, the USA today reaffirmed its pledge to working towards ensuring freedom and justice for "all within our great democracies". Read More »

French City of Cannes the Latest to Say 'Non' To Burqini…

Cannes, famous for its film festival, had sparked a controversy by banning swimming in late July Burkini, this outfit for use by Muslim women covering the entire body except face, hands and feet. Since it announced its burkini day on Facebook earlier this month, Smile 13 has received bullets through the mail. French law already forbids face-covering veils anywhere in public, and headscarves in public schools. Read More »

Wildfire threatens lakeside homes in Northern California


The fire first was logged Saturday at 6:03 p.m. off Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road. Flames racing through dry brush destroyed four homes and forced more than 1,000 people to flee a Northern California lake community that was evacuated in a devastating wildfire a year ago. Read More »

On 90th birthday, Fidel Castro thanks Cuba, criticizes Obama


Although mostly out of sight, Castro has not been out of the minds of ordinary Cubans. Castro led the country from 1959 until 2008, when he stepped down due to illness and ceded the presidency to his brother. "You enjoy deep respect in Russian Federation as an outstanding statesman who devoted his entire life to serving the people of Cuba", Putin wrote in a telegram posted on the Kremlin's website. Read More »

Mall reopening as police probe gunfire reports

The shopping complex in an affluent area of Raleigh was put on lockdown while helicopters buzzed overhead and numerous law enforcement vehicles swarmed the shopping area. "We heard shots, several shots". Many other shoppers heard popping sounds they believed to be gunshots, but some were only made aware that something was happening when shoppers started panicking and running. Read More »

Pence defends military mom's right to criticize Trump


In a statement from the Trump campaign released Saturday night, Donald Trump did say, "Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country". Pence said much of the same media criticizing Trump earlier condemned Patricia Smith's speech at the GOP convention about the US information officer killed in the 2012 attack in Benghazi. Read More »

On 90th birthday, Fidel Castro thanks Cuba, critiques Obama

Thousands of Cubans attended a party at Malecon seafront in Havana, with festivities continuing into the early hours of this morning. On the stroke of midnight a band played Happy Birthday on a plaza outside the new USA embassy while fireworks exploded on the other side of the bay. Read More »

Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey gets his conviction overturned

Following the ruling by the judge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dassey, 26, will be released within 90 days, unless the state decides to retry him. Avery's defense team argued that the evidence was planted and that Avery was framed by the Manitowoc County Sheriffs Department in retaliation for a $36 million lawsuit that Avery initiated as the result of an earlier wrongful conviction . Read More »

Turkey submitting request to US for Gulen's arrest

Turkey has since requested Gulen's extradition from the U.S. "We have started to receive some positive signals on the calls we have made" for Gulen's extradition, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara, saying further documents relating to the case for his deportation were being drawn up to send to Washington. Read More »

Man dies after lightning strike in NY park; 4 others injured


The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that one of the three critically injured victims was in surgery at a local hospital Friday evening, while the other two were in the intensive care unit. "Two eye witnesses report seeing a bolt of lightning strike near the group and saw articles near the people burning and smoking". All five were sitting or standing near a park bench on the northern side of the park. Read More »

Donald Trump endorses Ryan, McCain ahead of primary races


The GOP nominee also reversed his initial refusal to back Sen. For example, on Monday , Arizona Senator John McCain released a statement saying , "I can not emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Wisconsin's Republican state Assembly speaker, Robin Vos, released a scathing open letter saying he was embarrassed that Trump was leading the party ticket in November. Read More »

Donald Trump changes mind, decides to endorse Paul Ryan and John McCain


Most prominently, Ryan criticized the Republican presidential nominee's call for a ban on Muslim migration to the USA, and said that Trump's attack on a federal judge was "the textbook definition of a racist comment". "He's a good man and he's a good guy", Trump added, as he gave a thumbs up sign. Trump said he told Pence he could endorse Ryan if he wanted, even while Trump himself demurred. Read More »

Backed Syrian force captures key ISIS stronghold


The Syria Democratic Forces, with air support from a US -led coalition, said last week they had taken nearly complete control of Manbij, where a small number of Daesh fighters had been holed up. CNN reported that the people of Manbij rejoiced, as the Pentagon confirmed the center of the city was liberated. The air raids hit the only hospital for women and children in the town of Kafr Hamra, killing two staffers, including a nurse, while 10 people were rescued from the rubble, the Syrian ... Read More »

Coalition forces kill top ISIS leader in oil fight

Even as tensions are rising with Russian Federation in Eastern Europe and China in Asia, the United States has launched a new war in Libya and is preparing a major military escalation in the Middle East, nominally directed against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Read More »

With rare humility, Trump concedes he could come up short


The senator added that when Trump "says something I have to speak up on, I will". Asked specifically about US citizens, Trump said he didn't like that President Barack Obama and others wanted to try them in traditional courts rather than military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. Read More »

23-year-old record broken in women's 10000m

That's nearly 10 seconds better than her time at the 2012 games (30:22.22), which set a record then. In the last two seasons she has comfortably topped the world-best lists in 3,000m and 5,000m, and this year has added the 10,000m to that, running the eighth-best time of all time in Hengelo at the end of June. Read More »

Thai police say wave of blasts not linked to terrorism

Four bombs exploded over 23 hours in resort town Hua Hin , which killed two people. "It's bad for the economy, which is limping along on one leg, and now we have these incidents", Ittirit Kinglek, the president of the Tourism Council of Thailand, told Reuters. Read More »

Is Turkey undergoing a shift in foreign policy?


Isik told Haberturk television that Turkey's role in the US -led coalition against Islamic State will continue without interruption following the coup. Zarif said the two countries converged on the need "to maintain Syria's territorial integrity, the need for the Syrian people to designate their own future". Read More »

"Clinton: "'I'll appoint a chief trade prosecutor'

Past trade pacts, starting with the 22-year-old NAFTA - the U.S. -Canada-Mexico "free trade" treaty - have cost hundreds of thousands of well-paying U.S. According to CNN , Clinton showed support for TPP on 45 different occasions, but now opposes the deal. Yet TPP is a very controversial agreement with many domestic constituencies, including labour organisations in the United States itself, who are concerned about the impact upon wages and jobs for blue-collar workers in the country of ... Read More »

Dead Canada attack suspect prepared martyrdom video

The London Free Press newspaper, citing family members, reported that Driver was shot by police after he detonated a device, wounding himself and another person. In tiny Strathroy, a neighbour of Driver's said he couldn't recall ever seeing the man around town. Reports on Twitter late yesterday said police had raided a home in Strathroy in relation to the threat incident. Read More »

NATO concerned by Russia, Ukraine tensions

As soon as Russian Federation forced the last Ukrainian troops based in Crimea to leave in 2014, Moscow began setting up fortified border crossings and sending weapons to the peninsula - from cutting-edge fighter jets to the newest missile defense systems. Read More »

GST rollout deadline of April challenging: Raghuram Rajan


Without delving into specifics on the taxation rate under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here on Monday said it will be worked out by the GST Council. This was the cue for Jaitley to court the states, with key swing state West Bengal soon declaring its support. Congress's anti-GST front is crumbling. Read More »

Zambians form long lines to vote in tight presidential race


Lungu, became president after narrowly winning a January 2015 by-election after the death of Michael Sata. At least three people were killed during the campaign, with regular clashes erupting between supporters of Lungu's Patriotic Front (PF) and Hichilema's United Party for National Development (UPND). Read More »

Hua Hin bombs kill one, injure 10


The injured were being treated in a local hospital. Hua Hin, a coastal resort on the Gulf of Thailand, is popular with foreign and Thai visitors. Two of the injured were Norwegian and the nationality of the third foreign casualty was unclear, but no Australians were believed to be involved. Read More »