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  • Al Qaeda magazine mocks Anthony Weiner

    Anthony Weiner on the day he announced his resignation, June 16, 2011. (Richard Drew/AP)Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has had a lousy summer. First he was caught tweeting a lewd photo of himself to a female college student. After initially claiming his account was hacked in a prank -- and as many more such photos emerged, Weiner finally 'fessed up that he'd sent the images himself and been engaging in the randy Internet practice known as sexting for years with multiple online contacts.

    After the obligatory announcement of plans to enter a rehab facility, Weiner was forced to resign his House seat, under pressure from President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and even his allies the Clintons. (Weiner's wife Huma Abedin is a long-time senior aide to the Secretary of State.)

    And now, as if all that weren't enough, the former Democratic lawmaker is being ridiculed by terrorists.

    That's right. The latest issue of al Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine features a full-page "ad" mocking Weiner over the scandal.

    "A faux full-page ad in the summer issue bears a photo of a feisty Weiner speaking before the House of Representatives under the banner, 'An angry Weiner head,'" the New York Daily News' Joseph Straw reports.

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  • U.S. and France no longer insist Gadhafi leave Libya

    Four months after launching an international no-fly zone over Libya, the United States and France appear to have backed off an earlier demand that Libya's Muammar Gadhafi leave the country. Instead, they are demanding that Gadhafi surrender power in a meaningful way.

    "We insist he steps down from power in a demonstrable and tangible and permanent way," a senior U.S. official told The Envoy Wednesday. "Whether he stays or goes from Libya is a question the Libyans need to answer."

    French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, speaking on French television Wednesday, made a similar point.

    "One of the scenarios effectively envisaged is that he stays in Libya on one condition, which I repeat — that he very clearly steps aside from Libyan political life," Juppe told France's LCI television station, the New York Times reported. "A cease-fire comes about by a formal and clear commitment by Gadhafi to give up his civil and military responsibilities."

    White House spokesman Jay Carney, asked about

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  • Somalia famine worst in 20 years, UN declares

    The United Nations declared today that southern Somalia is experiencing its worst famine in 20 years. Severe drought has left 3.7 million people at risk of starvation, and Somalia's civil war is compounding the crisis.

    "This desperate situation requires urgent action to save lives," Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, said at a press conference today in Nairobi, Kenya. "If we don't act now, famine will spread ... due to poor harvests and infectious disease outbreaks." You can watch Bowden's remarks in the video below.

    The famine is caused in large part by the region's worst drought in 60 years.

    There are already some 750,000 Somali refugees in Kenya and Ethiopia. Some 9,000 new Somali refugees are now fleeing to Kenya every week, said Shannon Scribner, humanitarian policy coordinator with the aid group Oxfam America, in an interview with The Envoy Wednesday. Another 3,000 Somali refugees per week are entering Ethiopia, she said.

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  • Samsung to unveil the metal smartphone we’ve been waiting for on August 4th
    Samsung to unveil the metal smartphone we’ve been waiting for on August 4th

    Samsung’s first metal smartphone is reportedly releasing in less than a week, but don’t get too excited — it’s not going to be as great as you hoped. SamMobile reports that the upcoming Galaxy Alpha is going to be unveiled on August 4th, or roughly a month before Samsung takes the wraps off its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 4. But wait, why wouldn’t Samsung just unveil both at the same time? Largely because the Galaxy Alpha won’t be all that much to write home about compared to the Note 4. SamMobile says that from a hardware perspective, the Alpha will basically be a watered down Galaxy S5 with a a 4.8-inch 720p display, 32GB storage and a fingerprint scanner, among other

  • Target Picks Pepsi Veteran as New CEO

    Target Corp. is bringing in PepsiCo Inc. executive Brian Cornell as its new chief executive, turning to an outsider for the first time in its history to repair a battered corporate culture and navigate a sea change in Americans' shopping habits. Reuters Brian Cornell will become chief executive of Target Corp. Mr. Cornell, age 55, steps into the role vacated three months ago by Gregg Steinhafel, a Target veteran who left after a revolt by key lieutenants who worried the cheap-chic discount retailer had lost its way.

  • McConnelling McConnell: Grimes’ new video relies entirely on opponent’s B-roll
    McConnelling McConnell: Grimes’ new video relies entirely on opponent’s B-roll

    Mitch McConnell's opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, uses his campaign's own footage in attack video against him.

  • World Ebola fears grow with Europe and Asia on alert
    World Ebola fears grow with Europe and Asia on alert

    Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would only get worse and warned there was no overarching strategy to handle the world's worst outbreak of the disease. US Christian charity Samaritan's Purse was temporarily withdrawing its non-essential staff from Liberia, it said, citing regional "instability and ongoing security issues". Hong Kong announced quarantine measures for suspected cases, although one woman arriving from Africa with possible symptoms tested negative, while the EU said it was ready to deal with the threat.

  • Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over Ebola

    By Umaru Fofana and Kwasi Kpodo FREETOWN/ACCRA (Reuters) - Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicentres of Ebola on Thursday, joining Liberia in imposing tough controls to curb the worst ever outbreak of the virus amid fears it could spread beyond West Africa. Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. It has also reached Nigeria's biggest city Lagos, where authorities said on Friday a man had died of the virus. In a measure of rising international concern, Britain on Wednesday held a government meeting on Ebola, which it said was a threat it needed to respond to.

  • The Army’s New Handgun: A Weapon for Criminals?
    The Army’s New Handgun: A Weapon for Criminals?

    There’s a new semi-automatic handgun on the horizon for the Army that U.S. consumers may have access to almost immediately. The goal is to develop something far more advanced and powerful than the Cold-War era Beretta M9, which the Army has been using for nearly three decades. Since the Army is “the lead agent for small arms,” whatever weapon is produced would also have to meet “the needs of the other services,” reports Military.com. “The Army is seeking to replace the M9 and M11 pistols with a handgun that is more accurate, ergonomic, reliable and durable than the current pistol.”

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    Video shows young girl learning her baby brother will grow up...

    Young girl learns her adorable baby brother will grow up...

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