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Trump Says His Predecessors Didn’t Call The Families Of Fallen Service Members. That's Not True.

Trump Says His Predecessors Didn’t Call The Families Of Fallen Service Members. That's Not True.WASHINGTON ― Facing heat for not publicly commenting on the deadly ambush of four U.S. soldiers in Niger on Oct. 4, President Donald Trump tried Monday to convince reporters that he is actually more caring and compassionate to the troops than any of his predecessors were.

POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 4:15 PM

California Wildfires: At Least 40 Dead as Winds Subside

California Wildfires: At Least 40 Dead as Winds SubsideCalmer winds offered northern California a slight break from the raging, deadly wildfires on Sunday even as they continued to burn over 217,000 acres, authorities said.

POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2017 11:42 AM

Tamika Mallory Says She Was Kicked Off An American Airlines Flight

Tamika Mallory Says She Was Kicked Off An American Airlines FlightActivist Tamika D. Mallory said Sunday that she was unfairly kicked off of an American Airlines flight over a seating dispute.

POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 5:05 PM

Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot python

Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot pythonShocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet. 

POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 11:56 AM

Newsmaker: Malaysian teacher seen as new 'emir' of pro-Islamic State militants

Newsmaker: Malaysian teacher seen as new 'emir' of pro-Islamic State militantsBy Rozanna Latiff and Joseph Sipalan KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The battlefield deaths of two leaders of an Islamic State alliance in the southern Philippines could thrust a Malaysian who trained at an Al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan as the militant group's new regional "emir", experts and officials say. Intelligence officials describe Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad as a financier and recruiter, who helped put together the coalition of pro-Islamic State (IS) fighters that stormed Marawi City in May. Isnilon Hapilon, Islamic State's anointed "emir" in Southeast Asia, and Omarkhayam Maute, one of two Middle East-educated brothers at the helm of the militant alliance, were killed in a raid on a building in Marawi and their bodies recovered on Monday, Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 6:36 AM

California fire toll rises to 40

California fire toll rises to 40The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 40 on Sunday but firefighters reported progress in battling the flames, and thousands of evacuees were gradually being allowed to return home. "Sadly, the death toll has risen to 40 people," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on its website. Cal Fire said 22 of the victims died in Napa and Sonoma counties, just north of San Francisco.

POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2017 6:59 PM

Like You, This Giant Clock Is Counting Down The Remaining Hours Of Trump's Term

Like You, This Giant Clock Is Counting Down The Remaining Hours Of Trump's TermIn June, a band of artists furtively installed a massive, red, digital clock on the exterior of a building on the Queens waterfront.

POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 1:18 PM

Iraqi federal forces seize oil-rich Kirkuk in shock blow for Kurds

Iraqi federal forces seize oil-rich Kirkuk in shock blow for KurdsIraqi federal forces seized the contested city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces almost unopposed on Monday in a stunning reversal of fortunes for Iraq’s Kurds. The loss of the city and its nearby oil fields is a massive blow to dreams of independence for the Kurds, who last month held an independence referendum in anticipation of entering secession talks with Baghdad. “We took Kirkuk easily,” a lieutenant in the Iraqi federal police Emergency Response Division told the Telegraph via telephone on Monday. “We are all brothers, there were not problems, some of the Kurdish Peshmerga even took pictures with me,” said the 27-year-old, who gave his first name as Moqtader. The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Security Council reported that “Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces” attacked in “a major, multi-pronged operation” that deployed “US military equipment, including Abrams tanks and Humvees.” The statement also said “Peshmerga Forces have destroyed at least five US Humvees used by PMF.” Most Peshmerga forces withdrew from the contested city without fighting however after Baghdad issued the Kurds an ultimatum to pull back to pre-2014 positions. Long columns of armoured vehicles and pick up trucks filled with Kurdish fighters withdrew from positions around the city on Monday, jamming roads already crowded with fleeing Kurdish civilians who said they felt abandoned and feared Shia militias entering the city. Military vehicles enter Kirkuk Credit: Stringer/Reuters “They cheated us and we’ve been betrayed,” a Kurdish man Kawa Mustafa Mohamed shouted from his car as he and his family waited in heavy traffic to leave the city. “I don’t know where I’m going now but my father was killed by the Iraqis and I don’t want that to happen to my family.” Another man, Malla Bahir, had packed five of family members and piles of hastily gathered possessions crammed in his pick up truck. “I want to keep my daughters and wife safe,” he said. Left behind were disorganised bands of enraged Kurdish gunmen who vowed to defend the city. “Only us volunteers fought, not the Peshmerga,” said Hardi Farouk, a 27-year old in bleached blue jeans clutching an AK-47 assault rifle in south Kirkuk. Moments earlier a pickup truck carrying two grievously injured Kurdish fighters had careened through the intersection where Forouk stood and then the lightly armed band of Kurdish men nearby started firing their weapons in the direction of the distant K1 military base which had just been seized by Iraqi forces. Shortly afterwards mortars began exploding nearby and soon after the men had scattered a convoy of Iraqi federal forces would enter the city unopposed. The prospect of a new civil war in the ethnically mixed city is a potential boon for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).  The international coalition said it was “closely monitoring the situation” and urged all sides to avoid “escalatory actions”. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former British Army officer now advising the Kurdish Peshmerga, said: “The greatest evil everywhere is Isil and the greatest threat to the UK is Isil. It’s the defeat of Islamic State that is key and the trouble is people in Iraq believe that the fight against Isil is over and it’s focused in Raqqa and Syria. But there are still pockets in Iraq and anything that deflects from that could have a global impact.” The Foreign Office in London last night urged "calm on all sides" and said it wanted to "encourage steps to de-escalate tensions in Kirkuk". Iraqi boys walk over the Kurdish flag in Kirkuk Credit: Stringer/Reuters Kurdish forces have controlled Kirkuk since summer 2014 when federal forces abandoned their defences ahead of an Islamic State advance across northern Iraq. Since then the Kurds have exported oil from Kirkuk fields — some 350,000 barrels of oil per day— a critical contribution to their economy since Baghdad stopped budget payments to the region following a dispute over oil revenues in 2015. In recent weeks Baghdad stepped up demands for the return of Kirkuk and its oil fields after the Kurds proceeded with holding a disputed referendum on independence that extended voting to disputed territories. Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi took pains to portray the military operation as being in the interests of Iraqi citizens. In a statement released Monday, he said: “We assure our people in Kurdistan and in Kirkuk in particular that we are keen on their safety and best interest. We have only acted to fulfill our constitutional duty to extend the federal authority and impose security and protect the national wealth in this city, which we want to remain a city of peaceful coexistence for all Iraqis.” Both federal and Kurdish leaders have attempted to paint the other as aggressors in the dispute. “Peshmerga will continue to defend Kurdistan, its peoples and interests,” wrote the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Security Council. Not all Kirkuk residents were dismayed by the change in control in the city. Photos shared on social media showed Turkmen residents celebrating in the streets near the citadel at the heart of the city and Iraqi Arabs bringing tea and sweets to advancing federal forces. A banner showing an image of the Kurdish regional president Massoud Barzani, as Iraqi forces advance towards Kirkuk Credit: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP In other areas though, Kurdish men said they would fight to the death despite their leaders’ decision to withdraw from the city. “I’m going to stay to the end,” said Baran Abdullah, a 25-year-old Peshmerga fighter who said he’d come to the city without orders with his father and two brothers after seeing the news on television. As he stood on an overpass, vehicles continued streaming out of the city passed an enormous statue of a Kurdish fighter. The 26-metre high edifice was recently inaugurated by former Kirkuk governor Najmaddin Karim in honour of the Kurdish fighters who had defended the city against Isis in 2014. “Our leaders sold us out, they sold Kirkuk and they sold the martyrs,” said Abdullah. Standing alongside him were two female fighters from the the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). On Sunday evening the National Security Council in Baghdad had characterised the presence of the outlawed militant group in the city as a “declaration of war” by the Kurds, despite the fact that they had been in the city since 2014. The women declined to be interviewed but said the PKK would also stay to defend the city. Just hours later though, photos shared online showed Iraqi forces stationed next to the statue amid reports that federal control over the city was complete.

POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 1:00 PM

Analyst lays out prosecution's theory in burned woman trial

Analyst lays out prosecution's theory in burned woman trialBATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An intelligence analyst guided a jury Saturday through cellphone data and video footage prosecutors hope will prove their theory that a Mississippi man fatally burned a 19-year-old woman.

POSTED OCTOBER 14, 2017 10:09 PM

President Trump and Women's Rights

President Trump and Women's RightsJoin Rev. Al Sharpton as he chats with Tina Tchen former chief of staff to the Obama’s and how this new administration differs from the Obama’s views on women's rights.

POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2017 1:15 AM

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