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Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor's shooting deathWAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former deputy sheriff who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man after a car chase pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a neighbor he said had asked him for a lesson on how to disarm someone.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:44 pm

U.S. judge in Texas invalidates Allergan patents on RestasisA U.S. judge on Monday invalidated patents on Allergan Plc's dry-eye medicine Restasis on grounds that the patents cover ideas that are obvious, sending shares of the pharmaceutical company down 3.5 percent. Judge William Bryson issued the ruling in federal court in Marshall, Texas, in a longstanding dispute between Allergan and generic drugmakers Mylan NV, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and Akorn Inc. Bryson said a group of patents Allergan obtained on Restasis, which are set to expire in 2024, should not have been granted because they describe methods of treatment that were obvious in light of earlier patents granted to the company.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:34 pm

Bodies Found Embracing in Joshua Tree May Be California Couple Who Went Missing in Park 3 Months AgoAuthorities are working to identify two bodies discovered in Joshua Tree nearly three months after a young couple went missing in the California national park


Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:23 pm

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, 9:05 pm

Netflix (NFLX) Stock Advances After Q3 Earnings BlowoutStreaming video leader Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) reported third-quarter earnings after the bell on Monday. Revenue, guidance and subscriber growth all beat expectations while earnings missed expectations, and NFLX stock added about 2 percent in initial after-hours trading. The initial rise continues an absolutely stellar run for Netflix shares, which, before Monday's earnings report, had gained 63 percent in 2017, 100 percent in the last year and over 2,100 percent in the last five years.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 8:46 pm

In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding StarsScientists for the first time have detected both gravitational waves and light from the collision of two dead, incredibly dense neutron stars.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 8:43 pm

Serena Williams' Tweets Are The Epitome Of New Mom BlissThe tennis icon and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., on Sep.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 8:32 pm

Pink Gets Real About Her Sometimes-Sexless MarriageRaise your glass to Pink for getting real about the realities of monogamy.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:39 pm

McConnell Hits Back At Steve Bannon: 'Winners Make Policy, Losers Go Home'WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday responded to reports that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is recruiting candidates to challenge GOP incumbents in next year’s midterm elections as a way to better advance the president’s agenda.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:27 pm

Everything You Need To Host The Perfect Thanksgiving DinnerWhether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or you’ve held this event for decades, there are certain pitfalls that are hard to avoid in Thanksgiving prep.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:10 pm

Just a miniature horse riding in the back of a carSometimes, you need to make do with what you've got. Hannah Waskel was driving in Altoona, Iowa, with her friends on Saturday when they pulled up to a red light and spotted something a little off. In the back seat of the compact car next to them, they saw a miniature horse, just chilling. SEE ALSO: Woman tests limits of pet-friendly motel with her horse This is the most Iowa thing that has EVER happened to me pic.twitter.com/H4qjYBJ3bC — Hannah (@hannahwaskel) October 14, 2017 “This is the most Iowa thing that has EVER happened to me," she wrote on Twitter. It's not clear where the horse was headed, but Waskel says that the people in the car noticed they were laughing at their unusual passenger, so they waved and rolled down the window for the horse.  Never change, Iowa. Never change. WATCH: This small army of robots will do your shopping for you


Posted: October 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Bowe Bergdahl Has Pleaded Guilty to Deserting an Army Base in AfghanistanU.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban after walking off his military base in Afghanistan, has pleaded guilty to charges related to the high-profile incident.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 6:17 pm

Watch the Very Scientific Fidget Spinner Experiment NASA Performed in SpaceAstronauts put a new spin on the trendy toy.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 6:01 pm

Trump Refuses To Blame Himself For GOP 'Not Getting The Job Done'President Donald Trump on Monday refused to take any blame for legislative failures and fingered Republican senators for “not getting the job done.”


Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:59 pm

Aerial images capture beautiful autumn landscape This beautiful autumn landscape comes to life as the leaves change color ready for fall. The aerial pictures, taken by Matt Benedetto, 28, from Burlington, Vermont, show the forests of his home state as they transition into their autumn foliage. (Caters News)


Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:42 pm

Trump Says There's 'No Such Thing As Obamacare Anymore' One Month Before Enrollment StartsPresident Donald Trump falsely claimed on Monday the Affordable Care Act no longer exists, a statement that follows a long list of actions his administration has taken to undermine the law.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:23 pm

Maltese journalist who led Panama Papers investigation killed in car bombMalta’s prime minister has appealed for national unity following the murder of a campaigning journalist who had accused his government of corruption. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, achieved fame and notoriety for investigative reporting laced with scathing commentary about allegedly corrupt officials and businessmen. She was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car. Forensic experts on the scene of the explosion which killed investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Bidnija, Malta Credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters Police said the bomb went off while she was driving near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta on Monday afternoon. Joseph Muscat, the Maltese Prime Minister, denounced her murder as a "barbaric attack on press freedom". "I will not rest until I see justice done in this case. Our country deserves justice," he said in a televised statement.  Caruna Galizia’s blog, Running Commentary, was one the most widely read websites on Malta and led the investigation of corruption allegations stemming from revelations in the so-called Panama Papers leak. This is a spiteful attack on a citizen and freedom of expression. I will not rest until justice is done. The country deserves justice -JM— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) 16 October 2017 It was famed for a relentless pursuit of cases of apparent corruption and incendiary, sometimes highly personal, comments that saw her embroiled in frequent legal battles. Earlier this year Politico magazine listed her as one of the 28 men and women “making and shaking Europe” for her unrelenting crusade against what she saw as Malta’s culture of “cronyism” and opaque government. Ambulance parked on the road where a car bomb killed Daphne Caruana Galizia Credit: Rene Rossignaud/AP In 2016 she reported Konrad Mizzi, the then energy Minister, and Keith Schembri, Mr Muscat’s chief of staff, were named in the Panama Papers leak as owners of off shore companies.  Both men denied wrong doing. Earlier this year Caruna Galizia claimed documents from a small Malta-based bank showed that Mr Muscat’s wife was the beneficial owner of a company in Panama, and that large sums of money had been moved between the company and bank accounts in Azerbaijan. The couple denied the accusation.  Mr Muscat called - and won - early elections in June as a vote of confidence to counter Caruana Galizia's allegations of corruption. In her last blog post, published just hours before she died, she bemoaned the lack of progress in prosecuting alleged corruption cases.   “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate,” she wrote in the last line.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:05 pm

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Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:04 pm

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, 5:00 pm

Tesla sacks hundreds of workers on Model 3 stall: sourceTesla Motors, which recently missed its production target on the high-profile "Model 3," has dismissed hundreds of employees following annual performance reviews, a person familiar with the matter said Monday. "Like all companies, Tesla conducts an annual performance review during which a manager and employee discuss the results that were achieved," the spokesperson said. Tesla, which was co-founded by Elon Musk, announced the first deliveries of the Model 3 cars in July.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 4:59 pm

The EPA Is Ending an Obama-Era Practice That Conservatives Say Sped Up New RulesEnvironmentalists had used the practice to speed up the regulatory process


Posted: October 16, 2017, 4:54 pm

Young man shot dead during Kenya opposition protest: witnessA young man was shot dead in western Kenya on Monday as hundreds of opposition supporters again took to the streets demanding reforms ahead of a presidential election, witnesses told AFP. Police teargassed a large crowd of protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, who set tyres alight, blocked roads and pelted policemen with rocks as they kicked off daily protests just 10 days ahead of the election. One protester, Michael Odiambo, 21, said he had seen police gun down a young man, whose body was also seen by an AFP photographer.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 4:39 pm

Las Vegas tourism sees changes in aftermath of shootingLas Vegas' tourism sector is bracing for changes in the aftermath of the massacre that killed 58 people at an outdoor music festival


Posted: October 16, 2017, 4:05 pm

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, 3:56 pm

Trump Reportedly Joked That Pence 'Wants To Hang' All GaysPresident Donald Trump joked that Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people, according to a profile of Pence published in The New Yorker on Monday.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 2:27 pm

'This Should Not Have Happened.' A Drone Crashed Into a Canadian Passenger PlaneBut everybody on board was OK


Posted: October 16, 2017, 2:22 pm

108 U.S. F-35s Won't Be Combat-CapableThe new F-35 program executive officer, U.S. Navy vice admiral Mat Winter, said his office is exploring the option of leaving 108 aircraft in their current state because the funds to upgrade them to the fully combat-capable configuration would threaten the Air Force’s plans to ramp up production in the coming years. Without being retrofitted, these aircraft would become “concurrency orphans” — airplanes left behind in the acquisition cycle after the services purchased them in haste before finishing the development process. If they are left in their current state, nearly 200 F-35s might permanently remain unready for combat because the Pentagon would rather buy new aircraft than upgrade the ones the American people have already paid for.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 1:54 pm

Monday's Morning Email: Inside Trump's Moves With Obamacare To 'Blow That Thing Up'TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?


Posted: October 16, 2017, 12:03 pm

2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob – First Ride Bare-essentials big twin may be best of the bunch “Llibertat ,” is a word moto-journalists became pretty familiar with during last month’s Harley-Davidson press ride in Catalunya. The English version of the word –


Posted: October 16, 2017, 12:00 pm

Kevin James Explains Why 'Kevin Can Wait' Killed Off His WifeKevin James said his sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” killed off his on-screen wife after last season because “we were literally just running out of ideas.”


Posted: October 16, 2017, 11:35 am

Ruins of Jerusalem hall shed light on Roman-era gatheringsA small, half-built and roofed amphitheatre from 2nd-century Jerusalem has been unearthed during excavations below Judaism's Western Wall, the first such Roman-era find in the city, Israeli archaeologists said on Monday. The 200-seat carved stone structure was found underneath a passageway leading to the raised esplanade where an ancient Jewish temple stood until it was razed by the Romans as they put down a rebellion in 70 AD. Unlike larger, open-air Roman auditoriums, the amphitheatre was likely meant to be an odeon, for musical performances, or a city council meeting hall known as a bouleuterion, the Israel Antiquites Authority said.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 11:27 am

Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda execMazda is committed to the rotary, though whether the unique engine design is used to directly power a sports car or serve as a range-extender for an electric car remains to be seen. Mazda has hinted at both options in recent years but so far has tended to flip-flop between the two. Now, though, a senior Mazda executive has hinted that both options could be on the table.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 10:30 am

Nancy Pelosi: This Was The Week Donald Trump 'Went Rogue'.@NancyPelosi to @GStephanopoulos: "This week, the week of Friday the 13th, is the week that President Trump went rogue."


Posted: October 16, 2017, 10:22 am

Madrid set to impose direct rule on Catalonia as independence deadline passesThe Spanish government has warned Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont he faces his final chance to relinquish independence within three days or it would trigger Article 155, the so-called 'nuclear option' which would override Catalonia's autonomy. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had set a deadline of 10am local time yesterday for Mr Puigdemont to clarify whether or not the autonomous region had made a unilateral declaration of independence last week. The Catalan president responded with a four-page letter that did not directly answer the question but instead stressed a mandate for independence and called for urgent dialogue.   The Spanish government had made clear that anything less than a “No” would set in motion Article 155, a never-used constitutional tool allowing it to effectively suspend autonomous powers and rule directly from Madrid.  Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has a set a deadline for overriding Catalonia's autonomy. Credit: Lavandeira jr/EFE  That is now set to be applied on Friday, if Mr Puigdemont does not reverse his position during a further three-day grace period. The Spanish deputy prime minister, Maria Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, said the government interpreted his response as a confirmation that declaration had indeed been declared. Demanding Mr Puigdemont retract this by Thursday at 10am, she insisted it was "in his hands to avoid the next steps". Mr Puigdemont, who had been under heavy pressure from independence hardliners to confirm an abrupt split from Spain, had called for an urgent meeting with Mr Rajoy in his letter. He said the banned independence referendum had returned a mandate for an independent state but insisted the regional government’s priority was a negotiated solution, eyeing a two-month period for dialogue. Carles Puidgemont delivering a speech at the Fossar de la Pederera Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters Mr Rajoy responded with a letter of his own, in which he told Mr Puigdemont he still had a chance to respond in a "clear and simple way” to Madrid’s request. If he did not do so, he “will be the only one responsible for the application of the constitution,” he said.  Alfonso Dastis, the Spanish foreign minister, said “the most radical influences had prevailed” in Mr Puigdemont’s decision. But the Catalan president’s letter did not go far enough to satisfy the CUP, the hard Left partner that is crucial to the Catalan government’s parliamentary majority, which is now pushing for a clear affirmation of independence on Thursday.  “The CUP would have sent a very different letter,” said parliamentarian Mireia Boya. Further adding to tensions yesterday, the Catalan police chief and the leaders of two major pro-independence groups appeared in court in Madrid to face allegations of sedition. The Spanish attorney general asked the judge to remand Major Josep Lluis Trapero in custody, with judicial sources quoted by La Vanguardia citing fears he could continue to give orders to the Catalan force to subvert Madrid's clampdown. Major Josep Lluis Trapero leaves Audiencia Nacional Court in Madrid Credit: Kiko Huesca/EFE The judge did not agree to the attorney-general's request to take Major Josep Lluis Trapero into custody, but imposed the conditions he surrender his passport and report to a court every 15 days. The same conditions were imposed on another Catalan police official.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 10:11 am

Passengers describe terror aboard Indonesia AirAsia flightCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Passengers on an Indonesia AirAsia flight from Australia to the holiday island of Bali described a panicked flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling after their airliner lost cabin air pressure and rapidly descended.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:37 am

#MeToo: Alyssa Milano's Call For Sexual Abuse Victims To Come Forward Goes Viral#MeToo quickly became the top trending Twitter hashtag Sunday night as women spoke up to show the world just how common sexual harassment and sexual assault are.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 5:01 am

No verdict on 1st day of jury work in burning death trialBATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jurors deliberated more than four hours Sunday without reaching a verdict in the trial of a Mississippi man charged with burning a woman to death in 2014. The judge sent the sequestered group back to their hotel for the night, and court will be back in session for more deliberations Monday.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 2:05 am

Death Match: America's Stealth Zumwalt Destroyer vs. Russia's Big BattlecruiserZumwalt, unable to get close enough to target with guns and Kirov, unable to use its radar-guided weapons, both break off to fight another day. After more than a decade of supporting land wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, the U.S. Navy is reinvesting in the core mission of sinking ships. The U.S. Navy is expanding this capability but at the same time introducing a new class of ship, the guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt, designed primarily to support land warfare.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 12:43 am

The F-22 Is the World's Most Lethal Stealth Fighter (And Its About to Get Better)Like the F-35, the latest F-22s have radar (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and data-links (F-22 has LINK 16), radar warning receivers and targeting technologies. Also, Air Force officials have told Scout Warrior that, by 2019, the service will begin upgrading F-22 functionality for the AIM-120D and AIM-9X Air-to-Air missiles as well as enhanced Air-to-Surface target location capabilities. The F-22 currently carries the AIM-9X Block 1 and the current upgrade will enable carriage of AIM-9X Block 2.


Posted: October 16, 2017, 12:13 am

Death toll from Mogadishu truck bomb rises to 276 in deadliest single attack ever in Somalia's capitalThe death toll from a truck bomb that exploded near to a hotel and market in Mogadishu rose to 276 on Sunday, making it the worst terrorist atrocity in the country's history.  Saturday's savage attack targeted a busy street close to several important ministries in Somalia's capital. Officials say about 300 people were wounded. "This is the deadliest attack ever," police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP. "It is very difficult to get a precise number because the dead bodies were taken to different medical centres and some of them [were taken] directly by their relatives for burial." Most of the bodies in have been burnt beyond recognition, and police are braced for the number to rise due to the severity of the injuries sustained in the blast, which is the Horn Of Africa's deadliest single attack. Men and Somalian soldiers arrive on the site to rescue victims of the explosion of a truck bomb Credit: Mohamed ABDIWAHABMOHAMED ABDIWAHAB/AFP/Getty Images Following the attack, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of mourning. Crowds gathered in Mogadishu yesterday (SUN) with protesters condemning the bloodshed.  The Somali government blamed the attack on Al-Shabaab, an Islamist terror group that has fought a long running insurgency against Mogadishu. The Al-Qaeda affiliated organisation had not claimed responsibility for the attack Sunday evening. Al-Shabaab has carried out multiple recent attacks on the city using grenades, guns and bombs in its quest to topple the government, which is backed by the UN, and rock the African Union.  In January, the group killed at least 28 by ramming a car bomb into a hotel near parliament and then detonating a second device when ambulances arrived on the scene. In June it murdered 31 in an attack on a pizza restaurant. Civilians evacuate from the scene of the explosion Credit: REUTERS/Feisal Omar The organisation was forced out of Mogadishu in 2011, and has recently suffered a series of severe territorial losses to African Union peacekeepers and government troops, supported by US drone strikes.  "They don't care about the lives of Somali people, mothers, fathers and children," Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said of the weekend's bombing. "They have targeted the most populated area in Mogadishu, killing only civilians." Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Sunday: “The UK condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly attacks in Mogadishu, which have claimed so many innocent lives.  “Those responsible have shown no regard for human life or the suffering of the Somali people. The UK will continue to support Somalia in the fight against terrorism.” A Somali soldier helps a wounded civilian Credit: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh Despite the frequency of attacks on Mogadishu, the scale of the blast over the weekend has left the city reeling. Concrete buildings in the Hodan district were flattened by the explosion, with cars set on fire and smoke hanging heavy in the air. Hospitals put out desperate pleas for blood donations, and dazed people searched through piles of rubble, metal and bloodied sandals looking for family members. "With a heavy heart I would say this is the worst attack I have ever witnessed," Masoud Mohamed, who lost family members in the blast, told AP. Among those reported to have died in the attack are three brothers who worked at a nearby shopping centre, four volunteers with the Somali Red Crescent Society, and a local freelance journalist.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 10:12 pm

Man Captures Photo of 'Ghost' in Famous 'Haunted' Hotel: 'I Was in Shock'He said they didn't notice what they'd taken a photo of until later.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 7:01 pm

Woody Allen Says Harvey Weinstein Scandal Is 'Very Sad For Everyone Involved'Film director Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter, told the BBC Sunday that he was not aware of Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual abuse, much of which has come to light in recent weeks.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 5:48 pm

North Korea not ready to meet with South Korea in Russia: agenciesPoliticians from North and South Korea will not hold direct talks in Russia on Monday about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program despite attending the same event and being urged to do so by Moscow, Russian news agencies said on Sunday. Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, is due to discuss the missile crisis in separate talks with a deputy head of North Korea's legislature and the head of South Korea's parliament on the sidelines of a congress of parliamentarians in St Petersburg on Monday.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 5:17 pm

US-backed forces begin assault on Isil-held Raqqa as scores of jihadis surrenderUS-backed forces have commenced their assault on the last Isil-held districts of Raqqa after hundreds of Isil fighters and their families surrendered or fled the group's self-proclaimed capital. In the hours preceding Sunday’s final push on Raqqa, some 275 militants and their families surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Arab and Kurdish militias operating with hands-on US support. A day earlier, under an agreement brokered by local tribesmen and members of the Raqqa Civil Council, a convoy of fighters and civilians left the city for areas still controlled by the jihadi group: parts of Syria's Deir el-Zour province and Iraq's Anbar province, and a scattering of pockets elsewhere. Both deals aimed to limit the number of casualties in the days to come and reduce the possibility of civilians being used as human shields. Raqqa, the first Syrian city to fall to Isil, has witnessed some of the jihadist group’s most obscene brutality. The battle for Raqqa As the self-styled capital of Isil’s so-called caliphate, it also drew scores of would-be fighters from across the West and the Arab world. Some of these men are reported to have slipped out of Raqqa in Saturday’s convoy, but the SDF and local activists say most of the foreign fighters remain in Raqqa, ready to fight to the end. They are believed to include a French or Belgian national who planned the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people and injured hundreds more, said Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Mr Abdurrahman said the man was also behind an attack in Belgium in 2016.  The operation to wrest Raqqa from the jihadists’ grip began in June and coalition planners say they now control all but 10 per cent of the city. "We still expect there to be difficult fighting," said Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US-led international coalition. As of last week, an estimated 4,000 civilians were thought to still be inside Isil-controlled Raqqa.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 5:13 pm

Iraq says Kurds have brought in PKK fighters in 'declaration of war'The Iraqi government accused Kurdish authorities on Sunday of bringing fighters from Turkey's separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and said it considered the move a "declaration of war." Vahal Ali, a media assistant to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani, denied the accusation. "This is false, there are no PKK in Kirkuk, only Peshmerga," he told Reuters, referring to KRG military forces.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 4:49 pm

Deadly truck bombing in Mogadishu, SomaliaHundreds of dead or injured from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia's capital, making it the deadliest single attack ever in this Horn of Africa nation.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 4:00 pm

Man Recounts Horrific Attack That Killed His Wife, Son and In-LawsHe was repeatedly stabbed in the neck, face and arms


Posted: October 15, 2017, 2:59 pm

More than just wine country is burning in CaliforniaREDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California's fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it's a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 1:30 pm

‘Art Of The Deal’ ghostwriter predicts President Trump will not finish his first year in officeTony Schwartz, co-author of Donald Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal,’ still says that President Trump will not finish his first year in office.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 1:13 pm

Pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrsVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who often laments current persecutions of Christians, has given the Catholic Church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries.


Posted: October 15, 2017, 12:19 pm