Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was ‘most successful covert operation in history’
Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and CIA, called Russia’s interference in the 2016 election the “most successful covert influence operation in history.”
07/21/2017 - 05:20 PM
Eight Massive Wildfires Rage Across California
Among the fires is the most destructive wildfire in the U.S. this year, which crept within a mile of the historic tourist town of Mariposa.
07/22/2017 - 12:04 PM
Departing White House press secretary says good riddance to press
Maybe hoping for the last word, Sean Spicer took another dig at the press in a “Hannity” appearance Friday.
07/21/2017 - 11:39 PM
Teenagers who filmed and laughed as disabled man drowned had no legal duty to save him, experts say
Teenagers who laughed while filming a disabled man as he drowned instead of rescuing him had no legal obligation to help, according to experts. Police are pursuing misdemeanour charges against the five minors, aged between 14 and 16, for failing to report the death of Jamie Dunn. As the 31-year-old drowned in a Florida pond on 9 July, the five teenagers mocked, laughed at and recorded him dying before posting the video online.
07/22/2017 - 06:25 AM
Woman Shares Touching Photo of Walmart Employee Helping Blind Man Shop
She said the heartwarming moment caught her eye.
07/23/2017 - 03:52 PM
Russian Spy House That Inspired 'The Americans' Will Be Put Up for Sale
A New Jersey home that has been vacant since the FBI arrested a family of undercover Russian spies living there is heading for sale
07/22/2017 - 02:07 PM
Afghanistan's Shiites mark anniversary of deadly attack
The site west of Kabul is the last resting place for victims of a deadly suicide bombing on July 23 last year -- the first claimed by the Islamic State group in the heart of Kabul against Afghanistan's Shiite Muslim Hazara ethnic minority. The line from Turkmenistan to Kabul, capital of energy-starved Afghanistan, bypasses the province of Bamiyan, a Hazara stronghold. For Hazara leaders the route is a further sign of discrimination against their community and their province, one of the least developed in Afghanistan.
07/23/2017 - 10:07 AM
Trump asserts all agree he has 'complete power' to pardon
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that he has "complete power" to issue pardons, an assertion that comes amid investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election. It was one of many topics that appeared to occupy the president's mind as the day broke.
07/23/2017 - 12:37 PM
U.S. abortion support groups put on more public face
The Kentucky Health Justice Network, where she volunteers, is one of dozens of non-profit U.S. abortion funds providing money for procedures or covering travel costs to help women obtain abortions, particularly in states where Republican-backed laws have narrowed options. For years, such organizations kept a low profile to avoid being targeted by abortion opponents. The anti-abortion movement won a victory with the election of President Donald Trump, who has promised to appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision protecting a woman's right to abortion.
07/22/2017 - 10:04 AM
'You would have to be a lunatic': Tourists to North Korea describe risks and rewards
James left North Korea this year with smuggled currency, stamps and a poster of “the great leader,” Kim Il Sung, that he bought on the black market. Months later, James’s fellow American, Otto Warmbier, died after suffering from a mysterious brain injury while in detention in North Korea, accused of stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. The US State Department has long recommended against travel to North Korea, but Warmbier’s death prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to authorize his department to block Americans from traveling to the country.
07/21/2017 - 09:26 PM
Ohio set to resume executions, child killer awaits appeals
Ohio is moving toward carrying out its first execution in more than three years.
07/23/2017 - 10:54 AM
Russian envoy, at heart of U.S. investigations, ends tenure in Washington
Russia's ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak, a key figure in ongoing U.S. investigations into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, ended his tenure on Saturday. The Russian embassy in Washington said on its Twitter feed that Minister-Counseler and Deputy Chief of Mission Denis V. Gonchar would serve as Charge d'Affaires until Kislyak's successor arrived. Kislyak, who held the post since 2008, is expected to be replaced by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov.
07/22/2017 - 06:07 PM
Teenage cheerleader accused of killing newborn baby and burying it in garden
An 18-year-old cheerleader has been arrested after her child’s remains were found buried in her backyard, with investigators revealing the baby was alive at the time of birth. Brooke Skylar Richardson was charged with reckless homicide in the US state of Ohio on Friday after evidence emerged that the child “was not a stillborn baby”, according to the Dayton Daily News. Authorities determined the infant died more than two months ago and only found the child's remains because of a tip from a doctor's office.
07/22/2017 - 05:49 AM
Hundreds of sheep killed after bear chases them over cliff
More than 200 sheep have died after they hurtled over the edge of a cliff in the Pyrenees mountains while being chased by a bear. Their deaths have reignited the bitter debate over the presence of bears in the mountain range that straddles the French-Spanish border, where they were reintroduced 20 years ago after disappearing in the early 1990s. The sheep belonged to a farmer in the Couflens area on the French side of the border, but their bodies were found last Sunday at the foot of a cliff just over the border in Spain. The rest of the large flock was missing after dispersing over the mountains while fleeing the attack. Local authorities sent experts to examine the scene during the week and they concluded that the sheep had been running away from a bear. The sheep’s owner will be compensated for each of the 209 animals found dead, which is standard practice in such cases as part of the deal made between the government and farmers when brown bears from Slovenia were introduced in the late 1990s. Firefighters rescue Dolly the sheep from 15ft fall into rock crevice 00:47 But the deaths provoked an angry statement from the militant Confédération Paysanne (Farmers’ Federation) which demanded immediate action to stop deadly attacks by bears on livestock. “Pastoralism, which is a guarantor of biodiversity and of a living and welcoming mountain region, is not compatible with the reintroduction of large predators,” it said in a statement. “The state, which is responsible for the reintroduction of the bears, should remove the ones that are causing problems and should not reintroduce any more bears,” it said. The verbal protest was the latest battle in the long-running war between livestock farmers and animal conservationists who believe bears have their rightful pace in the mountain range. Herd of bison sees off pack of wolves in incredible footage 01:22 A similar battle is going on over the growing presence of wolves in France. On Thursday the government gave the green light for the cull of dozens of wolves in mountain areas, mostly in the southeast, where they have killed around 8,000 farm animals, mostly sheep, over the past year. The cull of up to 40 wolves by July next year represents a little over 10 percent of France's total wolf population. Wolves were eradicated in France in the 1930s but began to arrive back from Italy in the 1990s.
07/22/2017 - 12:23 PM
10-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Stealing a Car for the Fourth Time in 6 Weeks
Police said he removed his ankle monitor being caught.
07/22/2017 - 04:07 PM
Who is Anthony Scaramucci? Everything you should know about the new communications director
Anthony Scaramucci, who has been appointed to head the White House's communications operations, has a long history on Wall Street – and has been a big Trump backer and public advocate.
07/22/2017 - 04:31 AM
Venezuela’s symphony of protests
Musicians in Venezuela have been taking their instruments to protests this year, and a violist was killed in June. Here are some of the players in action.
07/23/2017 - 05:00 AM
Danai Gurira Is the True Badass of the New Black Panther Footage
Fans at San Diego Comic-Con got an exclusive look at Black Panther on Saturday night. Unfortunately, director Ryan Coogler said that the footage was just…
07/22/2017 - 10:50 PM
Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend's fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.
07/21/2017 - 11:45 PM
This Is The Best Happy Hour Spot In Your State
07/22/2017 - 03:48 PM
Xanda, son of Cecil the Lion, killed by hunter in Zimbabwe
The son of Cecil the Lion, whose death at the hands of an American tourist in Zimbabwe caused international uproar, has also been shot dead by a hunter in Zimbabwe, scientists said. The lion, known as Xanda, was shot on July 7 just outside the boundary of Hwange National Park, close to where his father died, according to a group of researchers from Oxford University who were tracking him. As Xanda was shot outside the park, his killing was legal.
07/22/2017 - 03:39 AM
Radio station cancels Richard Dawkins appearance over Islam tweets
A US radio station invited Richard Dawkins to speak about his latest book, and then cancelled the ticketed event over his tweets about Islam. The evolutionary biologist was due to discuss Science in the Soul: Collected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist at a benefit event for KPFA, a listener-funded station in Berkeley, California. Tickets were snapped up ahead of the anti-theist’s planned talk on 9 August – but KPFA cancelled the event on Thursday, claiming it had recently discovered that his comments about Islam had upset people.
07/22/2017 - 10:42 AM
Russia is responsible for 'hot war' in Ukraine: US envoy
The new US special envoy on Ukraine said Sunday that Russia is responsible for the "hot war" in the country's east, after fresh clashes between government forces and Russian-backed rebels. Kurt Volker, who was appointed this month as the State Department's special representative for negotiations to end more than three years of fighting, was visiting on the eve of telephone talks between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France on how to stem a conflict that has claimed 10,000 lives. "This is not a frozen conflict, this is a hot war and it is an immediate crisis that we all need to address as quickly as possible," Volker said while visiting the government-controlled city of Kramatorsk in the war-torn Donetsk region.
07/23/2017 - 01:01 PM
Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other Family
She claims their negligence led to the boys' deaths in the suit.
07/23/2017 - 11:43 AM
Visa issues take spotlight after Burundi teens exit event
WASHINGTON (AP) — The big controversy leading up to the FIRST Global international robotics competition in Washington was whether a team of girls from Afghanistan would be able to participate, after their initial visa applications were denied.
07/21/2017 - 06:08 PM
John McCain enjoys 'amazing hike' with daughter Meghan days after being diagnosed with cancer
Within days of being diagnosed with cancer, John McCain has enjoyed an 'amazing hike' with his daughter Meghan. Ms McCain, a host on Fox News, tweeted a picture of her sitting with the Arizona Senator. "Amazing hike with Dad this morning, Thank you for your best wishes." Mr Mcain, 80, was diagnosed with a brain tumour after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye. Amazing hike with Dad @SenJohnMcCain this morning. Thank you all for your best wishes! pic.twitter.com/P9RR2v91HB— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 22, 2017 He and his family are reviewing options for further treatment, which are expected to include a combination of radiation and chemotherapy. The diagnosis was greeted with shock across the US political spectrum with Donald Trump wishing Mr McCain, who has been one of his most vociferous Republican critics, well. Barack Obama hailed Mr McCain, who ran against him in the 2008 presidential election, as a fighter. “Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John,” the former president tweeted. Widely respected in Washington, Mr McCain was captured during the Vietnam War and spent five and a half years in captivity during which he was tortured before being released in 1973.
07/22/2017 - 10:01 PM
6 of the most notable discoveries that have been revealed by melting ice
Two frozen bodies uncovered in the Swiss Alps this week are only the latest secret shrinking glaciers around the world have given up.
07/22/2017 - 07:37 AM
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq
BERLIN (AP) — A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials.
07/22/2017 - 01:46 PM
Apple Patches Serious Wi-Fi Exploit In iOS 10.3.3
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update fixes a major security flaw that allowed for remote code execution to be done on iOS devices via its Wi-Fi chip.
07/21/2017 - 06:22 PM
31-pound stray cat named Mr. Handsome is my favorite celebrity
Here's a good situation: a 31-pound stray cat who goes by "Mr. Handsome" has received so much interest at a Pittsboro, North Carolina animal shelter that his new home will be determined by a literal
raffle. Mr. Handsome, a flawless celebrity, has been winning hearts all week after being brought into the Chatham County Animal Shelter as a stray. Since then, there's been such an influx of prospective adopters to the shelter that parking and traffic have become strained. SEE ALSO: Cat that ingested antifreeze saved by the elixir of life: Vodka Now, those who'd like to adopt Mr. Handsome can fill out an application, which must be emailed to the shelter by July 26. If your name is drawn from the raffle, you'll be vetted further before the greatest cat to ever live is yours to keep. In the meantime, Mr. Handsome will be luxuriating in the ideal hotel suite — a cleared-out cabinet shelf he selected himself. WATCH: An incredible new robot inspired by vines can grow 25,000 times its original size
07/22/2017 - 02:37 PM
Teacher convicted of having sex with her student suing teenage boy for defamation
A 36-year-old teacher convicted of having sex with a person under the legal age of consent in California is suing the student she slept with for defamation. Tara Stumph, who is currently serving a 180 day sentence for having sex with a 16-year-old student, says that statements made by the young man hurt her reputation and her career. Stumph was named alongside her former employer, the Lucia Mar School District, in the lawsuit brought against her by her victim’s family.
07/22/2017 - 12:47 PM
Kentucky to Pay Attorney Fees for Defiant County Clerk
A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in attorneys' fees for an elected county clerk who caused a national uproar by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2016.
07/21/2017 - 05:31 PM
Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years
By Luke Baker and Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Six people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem's holiest site. Three Israelis were stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed the metal detectors.
07/21/2017 - 05:22 PM
Sisters Give Birth to Babies on the Same Day: 'It Was Not Planned'
They said the cousins will have joint first birthday party.
07/23/2017 - 02:41 PM
Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary after objecting to new communications director
Sean Spicer, the embattled White House press secretary, has resigned – ending a tumultuous tenure attempting to defend President Donald Trump. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve @POTUS @realdonaldtrump & this amazing country,” he tweeted. “I will continue my service through August.” Mr Spicer’s decision was made following the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. He will take over from Mike Dubke, who resigned in May. Sean Spicer: Donald Trump didn't want me to quit 00:42 Sarah Huckerbee Sanders will take over as press secretary from Mr Spicer. “This is obviously a difficult situation but I wish him well and I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money,” said Mr Scaramucci, holding court in the White House press room, and repeatedly professing his “love” for Mr Spicer and Mr Trump. It's been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS@realDonaldTrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) July 21, 2017 He said the president “has some of the best political instincts in the world, perhaps in history,” and described Reince Priebus, the chief of staff who reportedly opposed his appointment, as being “like a brother”. “I don’t have any friction with Sean, I don’t have any friction with Reince,” he said. Sean Spicer's press conference slip-ups 01:44 Mr Spicer had approved of Mr Dubke’s appointment. But the hiring of Wall Street trader and TV personality Mr Scaramucci, with no Republican Party credentials and no experience in handling media relations, was unacceptable. New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci arrives to speak to members of the media after Sean Spicer's resignation Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Mr Spicer was reportedly telling friends on Thursday night that if Mr Scaramucci was appointed he would resign. Yet Mr Scaramucci pushed back at accusations that he had little media experience, emphasising instead his television career and role crafting a communications strategy in his financial role. Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media - but his future is bright!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017 And, poised, charming and at ease, he set out on Friday to win over the press corps and promise a new era. "You’re trying to get a job done, and you’re sitting in a fishbowl," he said, when asked about the challenges of working in the White House. Anthony Scaramucci on Sean Spicer's resignation and briefings moving forward 03:04 "I think you’ll find there is a lot less palace intrigue than is reported. Because we all genuinely like each other." He vowed to "sell" the president's message more effectively. "I think the policies are fantastic. We just need to get it out there a little more aggressively. And I think we are going to do that," he said. Mr Spicer’s departure had been long predicted, yet still came as something of a shock. The 45-year-old had become perhaps the most recognisable face of Mr Trump’s administration – in part due to the savage mockery at the hands of Melissa McCarthy, who parodied him, to devastating effect, week after week on Saturday Night Live. Sean Spicer Mr Spicer, an experienced Republican operative, was communications director of the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017, and its chief strategist from 2015 to 2017. He was drafted into the White House largely thanks to Reince Priebus, the chief of staff, who worked closely with him at the RNC. But he got off to an inauspicious start in January when he used his first press conference to berate the press corps for their reporting on the inauguration crowd size. That diatribe memorably led to Kellyanne Conway, a White House adviser, describing Mr Spicer’s words as “alternative facts”. New White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, flanked by new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters He was fiercely criticised for appearing to downplay the role of the Holocaust when he said that “even Hitler” had not stooped to the lows of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. When James Comey was fired, Mr Spicer was caught off guard, and was described by The Washington Post as being forced to huddle with his team in the bushes to develop an on-the-fly strategy. Shortly after the article was published, The Post added a correction saying Mr Spicer was "among," not "in," the bushes. Under fire | Sean Spicer's blunders Sometimes Mr Trump seemed to enjoy the furore. “The guy gets great ratings,” said Mr Trump on April 27, when told that Mr Spicer’s press conferences were attracting more viewers than actual soap operas broadcast at the same time. But at other points he was evidently irked by his new press secretary. Mr Spicer, a lifelong Catholic, was pointedly not among those in the presidential entourage invited to meet the Pope. Sean Spicer on January 21, arguing over crowd size His press appearances were scaled back, and he was increasingly replaced by Mrs Sanders. When Steve Bannon, Mr Trump’s chief strategist, was asked why Mr Spicer was appearing less frequently, Mr Bannon texted back: “Sean got fatter”. Mr Spicer, a reserve Naval officer, was known to have an impossible job, defending a mercurial president who has shown scant appreciation for facts or consistency. He was also seen as representing the “establishment wing” of the White House, along with Mr Priebus, whose position is also now seen as imperilled. Sean Spicer, far right, with Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus on January 28 “Many go on to lucrative careers in speaking and public relations,” said Dana Milbank, a political analyst. “But then, it’s hard to see whether this would work for Sean. He’s damaged goods.” Yet Mr Spicer himself remained upbeat. It's been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS@realDonaldTrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) 21 July 2017 On Friday night he will appear on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, along with Mr Priebus and Mr Scaramucci – an appearance intended to display a united front. He told a Washington Post reporter that he hoped he was "midway through the book" of his life, and added that the last chapter could be called "exciting times". "I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities," he said, when asked what he would do next. Profile | Sean Spicer The president wished him well, and said he was sure Mr Spicer would go on to achieve great success. "Just look at those television ratings," he joked.
07/21/2017 - 05:39 PM
How to Peel and Devein Shrimp
This article, How to Peel and Devein Shrimp, originally appeared on Chowhound.
07/22/2017 - 11:00 AM
California governor turns to housing, rail after climate win
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's aggressive plea for lawmakers to renew California's signature climate change law proved fruitful this week, bolstering his credibility as a world leader in the fight against global warming.
07/23/2017 - 01:30 AM
Warren Buffet Blames ‘Stupidity’ For Not Investing In Amazon
Here's what the famed billionaire had to say about the e-commerce giant.
07/21/2017 - 06:30 PM
In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun club
Her hands slowed by rheumatoid arthritis, 71-year-old Marietta Crowder stands in front of her paper target, steadies her gun and pulls the trigger. Crowder is perhaps not the typical patron of a gun club. A fellow retiree, Javondlynn Dunagan, came up with the idea of gun training classes geared toward women, and for the "Ladies of Steel" gun club -- after successful training, the women gather twice a month to practice their skills.
07/22/2017 - 09:05 PM
Donald Trump's immigration crackdown encapsulated in poignant images of father being deported
A man said goodbye to his wife and four children as he was deported from the US to Mexico after 16 years. Campaigners, lawyers and politicians arrived at Cleveland airport to denounce Jesus Lara Lopez’s removal as one of “the darkest times in our nation”. Mr Lara Lopez comforted his children, who will now grow up without a father present.
07/22/2017 - 10:27 AM
Sprint is just straight-up trolling Verizon now
In absence of actually having a good network, Sprint is relying on some top-notch PR to bother Verizon. Sprint already stole away Verizon's signature spokesperson -- Mr "Can You Hear Me Now?" -- and it's now hitting on Verizon's pricing with a savage stunt.
For one day only, Sprint has opened up a "Twice the Price" shop next to a Verizon store in Queens, NY. The concept is a store filled with regular things that are twice the price, just like Verizon's plans are twice the price of Sprint.
It's an incredibly brazen attempt to hit Verizon where it hurts most, and it is kinda funny. Verizon has arguably the best network around: it comes joint-top in most speed tests with T-Mobile, and its coverage is hands-down the best in rural areas and indoors.
But Verizon's pricing is undeniably high. Even the new Unlimited plan, which was meant to be Verizon's answer to T-Mobile One, is $80 a month for the first line.
Now, you can argue that Verizon's plans are still value for money. The Unlimited plan comes with good perks like 10GB of hotspot data, which you pay extra for on T-Mobile (or anyone else), and Verizon does get you more consistent coverage.
But for the average user, Sprint's betting that paying half the price makes up for any shortcomings in service. Sprint doesn't have the money to build out its network to compete with Verizon, so the "Twice the Price" store is going to have to do as a competitive strategy for now.
07/21/2017 - 07:12 PM
Israeli raid, Jerusalem clashes ratchet tensions higher
By Ari Rabinovitch JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and its police broke up a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians in Jerusalem as international concern mounted over the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two sides for years. The Palestinian Health Ministry said one Palestinian was killed during a separate clash outside the city, taking the death toll from the past two days to seven. Three Israelis were stabbed to death on Friday while eating dinner in a West Bank settlement.
07/22/2017 - 04:34 PM
Latest Republican health bill 'a porkfest, a monstrosity', Rand Paul says
Rand Paul has helped to block Republican efforts to introduce a new health bill. Rand Paul, one of the conservative senators who has helped to hold up Republican healthcare reform, on Sunday derided the current Senate bill as a “monstrosity” and a “porkfest” and said he would not vote for it to proceed to debate this week. With Donald Trump telling senators to stay in Washington until they have a replacement for Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), majority leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly looking to hold a vote to proceed to debate as early as Tuesday.
07/23/2017 - 11:58 AM
National Weather Service cancels its union contract
WASHINGTON (AP) — In what could be the first major labor showdown of the Trump administration, the National Weather Service announced it will cancel its contract with the union representing about 3,800 of its meteorologists and other workers.
07/21/2017 - 05:53 PM
US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader's son believed dead in suicide attack
A US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington's efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country. The incident took place in Helmand province on Friday as Afghan security forces attempted to clear a village of Taliban militants, Salam Afghan, a police spokesman, told AFP. "In the strike, 16 Afghan policemen were killed including two commanders. Two other policemen were wounded," he said. The strike hit a compound in Gereshk district in Helmand, large parts of which are under Taliban control. Afghan security force members are in an ongoing battle against the Taliban Credit: Xinhua / Barcroft Images "A US-supported (Afghan security) operation... resulted in the deaths of... friendly Afghan forces who were gathered in a compound," Nato's mission in Afghanistan said in a statement. "We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families affected by this unfortunate incident," the statement said, adding there would be a probe into what happened. This follows the news that the son of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada died on Thursday carrying out a suicide attack in Helmand. Abdur Rahman, 23, also known as Hafiz Khalid, was driving a vehicle laden with explosives into an Afghan military base in the town of Gereshk, north of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, the Taliban's main spokesman for southern Afghanistan, said. A US Marine talks with Afghan National Army soldiers during a training in Helmand province Credit: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani He said Abdur Rahman had been a madrassa student but had wanted to carry out a suicide attack. "He succeeded in his mission last Thursday," he said. Taliban fighters drove three captured Humvee vehicles into checkpoints during heavy fighting around Gereshk on Thursday. One senior Taliban member, close to Haibatullah's family, said Abdur Rahman had enrolled as a suicide bomber before his father became leader of the Taliban last year and had insisted on continuing after his father took office. Mullah Haibatullah took over leadership of the Taliban after his predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour died in a US drone strike in Pakistan in May, 2016. "Before this, a number of close relatives and family members of previous supreme leaders had conducted suicide bombings but Sheikh Haibatullah has become the first supreme leader whose son sacrificed his life," the senior Taliban member said. A government official said security authorities were investigating the incident and could not confirm that Mullah Haibatullah's son had been killed. People greet the Afghan security officials as they took control of the Nawa district following an operation against Taliban militants in Helmand earlier this month Credit: EPA/WATAN YAR The incident in Gereshk came as fighting in Helmand, source of most of Afghanistan's opium crop, has intensified in recent days following the end of the harvest season. The insurgents control much of the province and threaten Lashkar Gah but government forces, backed by US airstrikes, have launched an operation to drive them back from around the provincial capital. In addition to the fighting in Helmand, there have also been reports of heavy fighting in other areas of the country, from Kunduz and Baghlan province in the north to Farah province in the west. An interior ministry spokesman, Najeeb Danish, said a ministry delegation had been sent to the area to investigate and help families of the victims. Helmand for years was the centrepiece of the US and British military intervention in Afghanistan. But the Taliban now effectively controls or contests 10 of Helmand's 14 districts, blighted by a huge opium harvest that helps fund the insurgency.
07/22/2017 - 07:39 AM
Thoughts On Love From The Duggar
Get Jana, John-David and Josiah Duggar’s thoughts on love and courtship.
07/23/2017 - 10:10 AM
Nigeria's ex-oil minister battles slew of graft cases
Nigeria's former oil minister faces charges only at home but her name crops up in a growing number of international cases that lift the lid on the scale of alleged corruption in the country's oil sector. Since leaving office in 2015, Diezani Alison-Madueke has been implicated in bribery, fraud, misuse of public funds, and money laundering cases in Nigeria, Britain, Italy and the United States. The first female president of the global oil cartel OPEC -- who was one of Africa's most prominent politicians -- has always denied the allegations, which involve billions of dollars syphoned from oil deals and state coffers.
07/22/2017 - 11:25 PM
How the Mustache on Dali's Corpse Remained Intact After 27 Years in the Grave
‘It had nothing to do with embalming.’
07/21/2017 - 06:14 PM
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