Pakistan Suspends Shi'ite Pilgrimage Route To Iran
Pakistan has suspended buses carrying Shi'ite pilgrims from travelling through its volatile Baluchistan province to neighboring Iran due to security concerns after a suicide attack killed 27 pilgrims this week, officials said on Friday. A 700 km (430 mile) highway connecting the Pakistani city of Quetta and Iran, home to many Shi'ite pilgrimage sites, has seen dozens of suicide and roadside bomb attacks claimed by radical Sunni Islamist groups. Sectarian attacks are on the rise in Pakistan, where minority Shi'ites make up about 20 percent of the 180 million people.
ISIS 'Waterboarded' James Foley: Sources
Sources have told NBC News that photojournalist James Foley was repeatedly tortured by his ISIS captors, who even waterboarded him before he was beheaded. As the Washington Post first reported, the Islamic extremists appeared to be deliberately imitating the controversial U.S. "enhanced interrogation technique," which simulates drowning. Waterboarding, which was authorized by President Bush's administration, was banned by President Obama, who denounced it as torture. Sources familiar with the debriefing of ex-hostages added that the militants treated the American prisoners more harshly than Europeans they were holding.
Hillary Clinton On Ferguson: 'We Can Do Better'
Hillary Clinton, a potential 2016 US presidential candidate, has weighed in for the first time on the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, saying America can do better. The August 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, and the subsequent crackdown on demonstrators in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson revived a debate about race in the United States and sparked condemnation of police tactics and militarization. We are better than that," Clinton said in San Francisco Thursday amid criticism for having stayed silent on the subject.
Ebola Arrives In Senegal As Outbreak Accelerates
The Ministry of Health said Friday that a man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, bringing the disease to that country for the first time in an outbreak that has hit four other West African nations and killed more than 1,500 people. Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters that the infected person, a university student from Guinea, sought treatment at a hospital in Senegal's capital, Dakar, on Tuesday but gave no indication he might have Ebola. Seck added that the student was tracked to the hospital in Dakar that same day and was immediately quarantined. It is not clear how or when the young man came to Senegal, which closed its border with Guinea last week.
Putin Gives Ominous Warning In Remarks On Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that Crimea is "indispensable to Russia," reminding listeners that "Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations." "This is a reality, not just words," Putin said. Russia annexed Crimea in March after residents there held a referendum in which 93% voted to join Russia. See also: Putin's End-Game: Expansion or Self-Destruction? "I think recognition will take a long time, and this seems strange to me," Putin said during a Q&A with students at a youth camp near Lake Seliger in Russia.
Mexico Operations Thwart Child, Family Migrants
According to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route, Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families. Convoys of Mexican federal police and immigration service employees in southern Mexico have begun scouring the tracks of the infamous freight train known as "La Bestia," or The Beast, hauling migrants from the rail cars and sending them to deportation centers. They have also set up moving roadblocks, checking the documents of passengers on interstate buses.
Chocolate-prosciutto-peanut Grilled Bananas? Yes!
It may look a little strange. It will sound even stranger. You may even feel a little strange making it. But this over-the-top grilled banana is a delicious combination of everything we love — a bomb of chocolatey-salty-savory-sweet-peanut buttery goodness. Here's how it works. Start by peeling a banana, then wrapping it in thinly sliced prosciutto. The wrapped bananas spend a little time on the grill so the insides can get warm and tender, while the outside crisps nicely. Once off the grill, drizzle it — being generous with your drizzle — with a ganache of peanut butter and chocolate. A few minutes in the freezer to set the ganache... And you have a seriously indulgent grilled treat. If Elvis could pair banana and bacon on his peanut butter sandwiches, we can wrap a banana in prosciutto.
Islamist Gains In Syria Alarm Some Assad Allies
A mounting death toll in President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces is causing alarm among some government loyalists who are worried about Islamic State's territorial gains and are turning their anger on the authorities in Damascus. The execution of scores of Syrian soldiers taken captive by Islamic State at an air base in Raqqa province has triggered unusually harsh social media criticism of the Damascus government by people who have taken its side in the civil war.
Oracle Loses Bid To Restore $1.3 Billion SAP Verdict, Could Get New Trial
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected Oracle's bid to restore a $1.3 billion jury verdict in its long-running copyright dispute with German software company SAP, and said Oracle may choose to either accept a lower amount or face a new trial. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said jurors used "an undue amount of speculation" in awarding $1.3 billion in damages in 2010.
'Walking Dead' Marine Battalion To Be Deactivated
Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Marine Corps historians say the battalion appears to have gotten the nickname because of its high rate of casualties during the Vietnam War.