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The many indignities of Sean Spicer

The many indignities of Sean SpicerWhite House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned his post Friday after six months and one half day on the job, surviving almost weekly predictions of his imminent departure at the hands of one or another of the president’s aides and advisers. The final indignity appeared to be Trump’s hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director, which became public shortly before.



07/21/2017 - 04:49 PM

 

Eight Massive Wildfires Rage Across California

Eight Massive Wildfires Rage Across CaliforniaAmong 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

 

Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was ‘most successful covert operation in history’

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

 

Teenagers who filmed and laughed as disabled man drowned had no legal duty to save him, experts say

Teenagers who filmed and laughed as disabled man drowned had no legal duty to save him, experts sayTeenagers 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

 

Minneapolis police chief resigns after Australian woman's shooting

Minneapolis police chief resigns after Australian woman's shooting(Reuters) - Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau resigned on Friday at the request of the city's mayor, who said that she had lost confidence in Harteau following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman. The death of Justine Damond, 40, from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen fired through an open window of a police patrol car, has outraged her relatives and the public in Australia. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it "shocking" and "inexplicable." Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that she and Harteau agreed during discussions on Friday that Harteau would step aside.



07/21/2017 - 07:54 PM

 

Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officer

Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officerMINNEAPOLIS (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

 

Russian Spy House That Inspired 'The Americans' Will Be Put Up for Sale

Russian Spy House That Inspired 'The Americans' Will Be Put Up for SaleA 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

Afghanistan's Shiites mark anniversary of deadly attackThe 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

 

6 of the most notable discoveries that have been revealed by melting ice

6 of the most notable discoveries that have been revealed by melting iceTwo 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

 

Departing White House press secretary says good riddance to press

Departing White House press secretary says good riddance to pressMaybe hoping for the last word, Sean Spicer took another dig at the press in a “Hannity” appearance Friday.



07/21/2017 - 11:39 PM

 

'You would have to be a lunatic': Tourists to North Korea describe risks and rewards

'You would have to be a lunatic': Tourists to North Korea describe risks and rewardsJames 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

 

Visa issues take spotlight after Burundi teens exit event

Visa issues take spotlight after Burundi teens exit eventWASHINGTON (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

 

10-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Stealing a Car for the Fourth Time in 6 Weeks

10-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Stealing a Car for the Fourth Time in 6 WeeksPolice said he removed his ankle monitor being caught.



07/22/2017 - 04:07 PM

 

Russian envoy, at heart of U.S. investigations, ends tenure in Washington

Russian envoy, at heart of U.S. investigations, ends tenure in WashingtonRussia'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

 

Safety Tips For Watching The Solar Eclipse

Safety Tips For Watching The Solar EclipseA total solar eclipse will be visible from many parts of the United States on Aug. 21, as the moon’s shadow moves across the country from west to east. NASA offered safety tips for viewing.



07/23/2017 - 04:23 AM

 

How it happened: Jerusalem holy site crisis

How it happened: Jerusalem holy site crisisEight people have been killed in a weekend of violence following new Israeli security measures at an ultra-sensitive Jerusalem holy site. On July 14, three Arab Israelis armed with automatic rifles and a knife exit Jerusalem's Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and shoot dead two police officers stationed nearby. Arab Israelis are descendants of Palestinians who remained on their land following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.



07/23/2017 - 09:10 AM

 

Eight bodies found in overheated truck in a Walmart in Texas

Eight bodies found in overheated truck in a Walmart in TexasEight suspected migrants were found dead early Sunday inside an overheated truck in a Walmart parking lot in Texas, and nearly 30 others were hospitalized, in what police said appeared to be a “horrific” human trafficking crime.



07/23/2017 - 11:13 AM

 

Hundreds of sheep killed after bear chases them over cliff

Hundreds of sheep killed after bear chases them over cliffMore 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

 

Donald Trump's immigration crackdown encapsulated in poignant images of father being deported

Donald Trump's immigration crackdown encapsulated in poignant images of father being deportedA 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

 

Ohio set to resume executions, child killer awaits appeals

Ohio set to resume executions, child killer awaits appealsOhio is moving toward carrying out its first execution in more than three years.



07/23/2017 - 10:54 AM

 

Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other Family

Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other FamilyShe claims their negligence led to the boys' deaths in the suit.



07/23/2017 - 11:43 AM

 

Latest Republican health bill 'a porkfest, a monstrosity', Rand Paul says

Latest Republican health bill 'a porkfest, a monstrosity', Rand Paul saysRand 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

 

Russia to blame for 'hot war' in Ukraine: U.S. special envoy

Russia to blame for 'hot war' in Ukraine: U.S. special envoyBy Natalia Zinets and Matthias Williams KIEV (Reuters) - Russian aggression is to blame for violence in eastern Ukraine, where people are dying in what should be seen as a "hot war" rather than a "frozen conflict", the U.S. special envoy to the Ukraine peace talks said on a visit to Ukraine on Sunday. Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, was appointed to his current role on July 7 to help resolve the conflict between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, which has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014. Washington cites the conflict as a key obstacle to better relations with Russia.



07/23/2017 - 10:42 AM

 

31-pound stray cat named Mr. Handsome is my favorite celebrity

31-pound stray cat named Mr. Handsome is my favorite celebrityHere'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

 

Qatar emir ready for Gulf crisis talks with conditions

Qatar emir ready for Gulf crisis talks with conditionsQatar's ruler said Friday that the Gulf emirate is ready for talks to resolve a diplomatic crisis with a Saudi-led bloc so long as his country's sovereignty is respected. "We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems," so long as Qatar's "sovereignty is respected," Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said in his first public comments since Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with the gas-rich emirate. "Any settlement of the crisis must be based on two principles," he said in a televised speech.



07/21/2017 - 04:45 PM

 

Venezuela’s symphony of protests

Venezuela’s symphony of protestsMusicians 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

 

Teacher convicted of having sex with her student suing teenage boy for defamation

Teacher convicted of having sex with her student suing teenage boy for defamationA 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

 

How to Peel and Devein Shrimp

How to Peel and Devein ShrimpThis article, How to Peel and Devein Shrimp, originally appeared on Chowhound.



07/22/2017 - 11:00 AM

 

National Weather Service cancels its union contract

National Weather Service cancels its union contractWASHINGTON (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

 

Kentucky to Pay Attorney Fees for Defiant County Clerk

Kentucky to Pay Attorney Fees for Defiant County ClerkA 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

 

Trump blames New York Times for thwarting al-Baghdadi operation after story reported on Fox & Friends

Trump blames New York Times for thwarting al-Baghdadi operation after story reported on Fox & FriendsPresident Donald Trump on Saturday attacked The New York Times and its "sick agenda," alleging that one of the paper's reports thwarted a US bid to take out Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "The Failing New York Times foiled US attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security," Mr Trump wrote in one of a barrage of early morning tweets. Mr Trump did not expand on his charge against The Times, or explain what revelation by the daily is supposed to have hampered Baghdadi's capture. This file image made from video posted on a militant website in 2014 purports to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Credit: AP The New York Times told the Politico news site in a statement: "We have asked the White House to clarify the tweet." US media suggested that Mr Trump may have been referring to a Fox News report about comments made by a top general at a security conference on Friday in Aspen, Colorado. At that gathering, General Tony Thomas – head of the US military's Special Operations Command – reportedly said that American forces at one point came "particularly close" to Baghdadi after a 2015 raid recovered information about Isil. Fox News reported that General Thomas said US troops had "a very good lead," on the Isil leader's whereabouts. "Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead," General Thomas reportedly said at the forum. The ruins of the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul's Old City, where Baghdadi declared the so-called caliphate Credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani Mr Trump posted his tweet 20 minutes after a section about the allegation aired on Fox News. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday that he believes Baghdadi is still alive, following various claims in recent months that he has been killed. "We are going after him, but we assume he is alive," the Pentagon chief said. There have been persistent rumors that Baghdadi has died in recent months. Donald Trump: 'America is coming strong!' 01:12 With a $25 million US bounty on his head, Baghdadi has kept a low profile but is rumored to move regularly throughout IS-held territory in Iraq and Syria. The Iraqi - nicknamed "The Ghost" - has not been seen since making his only known public appearance as "caliph" in 2014 at the Grand Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul, which was destroyed in the battle for Iraq's second city. The New York Times is one of Mr Trump's favourite targets Credit: Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The Times has become a favorite Mr Trump target despite his penchant for reaching out to the daily, including this week, when he gave its reporters a major interview in which he criticized his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In Saturday's tweetstorm, Mr Trump railed against The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, for its "illegal leaks." "A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions," he wrote on Twitter, adding "These illegal leaks... must stop!" He also groused about some of his favorite targets: the failure of US lawmakers to repeal "dead" Obamacare, Democratic "obstructionists" and alleged "ties to Russia" by Hillary Clinton, his defeated opponent in last year's presidential election.



07/22/2017 - 12:08 PM

 

Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years

Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for yearsBy 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

 

Apple Patches Serious Wi-Fi Exploit In iOS 10.3.3

Apple Patches Serious Wi-Fi Exploit In iOS 10.3.3Apple'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

 

China cashing out as mobile payment soars

China cashing out as mobile payment soarsThe dance student is part of an explosion in the use of mobile payment platforms in China as consumers increasingly take out phones instead of cash to pay for everything from a coffee to a language class or a gas bill. China was the first country in the world to use paper money but centuries later the soaring popularity of mobile payment has some analysts forecasting it could be the first to stop. The gross merchandise value of third party mobile payment rose more than 200 percent to 38 trillion yuan (about $5.6 trillion) in 2016 from a year earlier, according to China-based iResearch.



07/22/2017 - 11:30 PM

 

Republicans close to blocking Trump from easing Russia sanctions

Republicans close to blocking Trump from easing Russia sanctionsIn a rare show of defiance, Republicans in Congress are coming close to preventing Donald Trump from being able to roll back sanctions against Russia. The White House has sought to change a bill that would toughen sanctions on Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election. Despite telling reporters that the White House supports new sanctions on Russia, Marc Short, its legislative director, declared that the bill would set “an unusual precedent of delegating foreign policy to 535 members of Congress.



07/21/2017 - 05:17 PM

 

Nigeria's ex-oil minister battles slew of graft cases

Nigeria's ex-oil minister battles slew of graft casesNigeria'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

 

California governor turns to housing, rail after climate win

California governor turns to housing, rail after climate winSACRAMENTO, 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

 

NASA is uploading hundreds of rare films from its archives to YouTube, and here are the best ones

NASA is uploading hundreds of rare films from its archives to YouTube, and here are the best ones

We live in a world where delivering supplies to a space station orbiting our planet is handled by a tech startup, but expertise in flight hasn't always been so easy. NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center has an incredible wealth of video footage showcasing the many trials, successes, and failures of the United States' various military and scientific programs, and the group has decided to make it all available to the world via YouTube. The videos, which range in age from a few months to over fifty years, are a glorious look at the steady progress of flight engineering, and we've collected some of the best for you to enjoy. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6Zy_OdeLUg

Is that a UFO? Nope, it's a very early prototype of the wingless M2-F1.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC5GDFKDYBA

Testing a lunar lander on Earth is tricky business, but NASA test pilots make it look easy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwdClhh1HwE

Drones aren't a new concept to NASA. The agency has been flying remotely piloted aircraft for decades, like this Hyper III from 1969.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SncLDXTiREY

Ever wonder what kind of damage a world record-breaking flight can do to an aircraft? This X-15A-2 set a new high mark by achieving mach 6.7, and when it landed it looked like it had been through a war.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSxFe93pYCA

A plane that carries... planes?! That's what the Super Guppy does, and it looks very odd while doing it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCLCq_ggCL4

Flying saucers really do exist, as long as you count the unmanned X-45A.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrhJ3vFD3fE

The SR-71 is one of the US Air Force's most iconic aircraft of all time, and NASA borrowed a pair of them to conduct high-altitude research because of their amazing capabilities.

Still hungry for more? Head over to NASA's YouTube portal to check out the huge archive for yourself.



07/23/2017 - 09:00 AM

 

The Democrats' performance as an opposition party? Pathetic | Steven W Thrasher

The Democrats' performance as an opposition party? Pathetic | Steven W ThrasherSix months into Donald Trump’s term, and Democratic politician’s ability to be an opposition party is, in a word, pathetic. When the poll came out saying that “Democrats stand for nothing more than opposing” Trump, I thought to myself, ‘If only that were true!’” But they can’t even do that well. It was as tone deaf (but honest) an answer as when Mother Jones writer Kevin Drum – as sycophantic a representative of the Democratic party in the punditocracy as there is – wrote about how people would have to be “crazy” not to “have a reflective disgust” of people who are homeless and mentally ill.



07/22/2017 - 06:00 AM

 

U.S. abortion support groups put on more public face

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

 

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader's son believed dead in suicide attack 

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

 

How the Mustache on Dali's Corpse Remained Intact After 27 Years in the Grave

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

 

This Is The Best Happy Hour Spot In Your State

This Is The Best Happy Hour Spot In Your State



07/22/2017 - 03:48 PM

 

In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun club

In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun clubHer 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

 

Radio station cancels Richard Dawkins appearance over Islam tweets

Radio station cancels Richard Dawkins appearance over Islam tweetsA 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

 

German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq

German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in IraqBERLIN (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

 

Sprint is just straight-up trolling Verizon now

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

 

Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions billWASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.



07/22/2017 - 01:46 PM

 

 

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