An American citizen abducted last week in Niger has been rescued during a high-risk U.S. military raid in neighboring Nigeria, officials said early Saturday.Pentagon issues statement »
A controversial figure within the Roman Catholic Church made waves in the online world of QAnon Friday, after his open letter to President Trump was quoted in a post from the anonymous leader of the cultlike conspiracy movement. The letter by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former Vatican ambassador to the United States and outspoken adversary of Pope Francis, hit many of the favorite themes of the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, attacking its familiar villains, from the ominous “global elite” to Bill Gates and “the mainstream media.” “The fate of the whole world is being threatened by a global conspiracy against God and humanity,” Viganò wrote, emphasizing the “epochal importance of the imminent election,” casting Trump as “the final garrison against the world dictatorship” and his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, as “a person who is manipulated by the deep state.”
Kyle Rittenhouse was extradited to Wisconsin after an Illinois judge rejected his legal challenge on Friday. The 17-year-old was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in August over the shooting of three people at anti-police-brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse argued Wisconsin's request to extradite him from Illinois violated his constitutional rights, but the Illinois judge said it wasn't the court's place to rule on those issues, accusing him of asking the court to "ignore binding Illinois law."
MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — “Don't WORRY!,” reads the cryptic note scribbled on a scrap of perforated paper smuggled out of a dank, basement cellblock. The weeks-old message is all the family of Matthew Heath has to pin its hopes on since the former U.S. Marine corporal was arrested at a roadblock in Venezuela almost two months ago and accused by President Nicolás Maduro of being a terrorist and spying for Donald Trump. Nobody in the family or Trump administration has spoken to Heath.
A police source said the priest was of Greek nationality, and had been able to tell emergency services as they arrived that he had not recognised his assailant. The motivation for the attack was not known last night, but the shooting came in the wake of several grisly Islamist attacks on French soil and a growing tension between France and the Muslim world. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, lashed out at Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, slamming Turkey's "bellicose" stance towards Nato allies.
At least six people have died and at least 2 million are without power after Hurricane Zeta barreled through the South on Thursday evening, knocking out some early voting sites and sending state officials scrambling to pick up the pieces in time for Election Day. Zeta moved quickly after making landfall on the Louisiana coast as a Category 2 storm on Wednesday afternoon. It hit at least seven states, some of which were still recovering from earlier storms, and weakened to a post-tropical cyclone with “strong, damaging wind gusts” upwards of 50 mph by the following afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The key ally in Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's coalition has called for general elections to be held to establish a stable government once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, in a new snag to his fragile hold on power. Muhyiddin, who took office in March, has only a two-seat majority in Parliament and is being challenged by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who recently alleged he has majority support of lawmakers to form a new government. The United Malays National Organization, the biggest party in Muhyiddin's government, reiterated support for his administration amid a spike in coronavirus cases but demanded polls to be held once the crisis abates.
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden agree on one thing after blazing different trails throughout the campaign: both will focus on the key battleground of Pennsylvania during the final weekend. Trump plans rallies Saturday in Bucks County north of Philadelphia at noon, at airports in nearby Reading at 2:30 p.m. and Butler north of Pittsburgh at 4:40 p.m., and at Montoursville at 8 p.m. He also plans to return for rallies Sunday and Monday.
New Jersey prosecutors said a police officer sent sexually explicit texts to an 18-year-old woman. The New Jersey cop, Damien Broschart, is facing multiple charges and might lose his job if convicted, according to state prosecutors. Broschart sent the texts just hours after he arrested the woman, prosecutors say.
Almost a million people have been evacuated from their homes in the Philippines as Typhoon Goni, the most powerful storm this year, approaches. Torrential rain and 215kph (133mph) winds are expected to hit the main island of Luzon on Sunday, passing over the capital Manila. Disaster response officials have warned to expect widespread damage.
Thailand's king presided over a university graduation ceremony Friday at a stronghold of a protest movement seeking to reduce the monarchy's powers, after activists issued a call for students to boycott the event. There was no way to confirm how many heeded the call, though videos of the ceremony showed that many students did attend. The king or another senior member of the royal family traditionally hands out diplomas at university graduations, as was the case at Bangkok's Thammasat University, where many of the protesters are active.
Joe Biden's presidential campaign canceled a Friday event in Austin, Texas, after harassment from a pro-Trump contingent. Texas has emerged as a battleground state in Tuesday's presidential election, with polls showing the typically Republican stronghold now only marginally favoring President Donald Trump. The Biden campaign scheduled a Friday event in the state, in a bid to drum up last-minute support.
A Florida shopper wouldn't take no for an answer, and things got a little out of hand. According to a police report from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Dahianna Serraty caused a scene at a Spectrum cable TV and cell[phone store in Orange City during lunchtime Tuesday. The third time the suspect entered the store she came back with a “long silver metal object,” which turned out to be a crowbar, according to the affidavit.
Standing in solidarity with their Polish sisters on Wednesday (October 28). Hundreds of pro-choice demonstrators gather outside the Polish embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Chanting, revolution is a woman, they're one of several rallies around the globe this past week; angry about a top Polish court's decision to ban nearly all abortions in the predominantly Catholic nation.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said in a complaint Friday that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows allegedly misused campaign funds by spending them on personal expenditures. The watchdog group is urging the Federal Election Commission to investigate Meadows. The FEC prohibits candidates from using campaign funds for personal use.
A Saudi man in a speeding car crashed into the outer gates of Mecca's Grand Mosque late Friday night, the country's state-run news agency reported. The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. and saw the man's car ram through a barrier and keep driving until it hit the gate on the Grand Mosque's southern side, the Saudi Press Agency said. The Grand Mosque houses the cube-shaped Kaaba that observant Muslims pray toward five times a day.
In a Fox News interview Thursday, a day in which Johns Hopkins reported nearly 1,000 people died of COVID-19 and 90,000 people were newly infected, Donald Trump Jr. wrongly stated that the rate of COVID-19 deaths have declined to “almost nothing.” Trump Jr. said during an episode of “The Ingraham Angle” that he “went through the CDC data” and incorrectly claimed the number of COVID-19 deaths has significantly declined. “Oh, because the number is almost nothing,” he told host Laura Ingraham.
After fleeing a brutal crackdown which left thousands dead in their homeland of Myanmar, the Rohingya are once again under threat. In Cox's Bazar, the massive refugee camp in Bangladesh to which many of the Rohingya refugees fled, violence and drug and human trafficking are on the rise. The Bangladeshi government has begun relocating hundreds of the refugees, against their will, to the small remote silt island of Bhasan Char.
A massive collection of barn-find cars in Kansas just sold for roughly $2.5 million. The stash of more than 130 cars belonged to businessman and inventor Bob Regehr, who kept the collection hidden away for close to three decades. Some of the most expensive cars from the collection include a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS, a 1969 Chevy Camaro, and a 1953 Buick Skylark.
Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow publications that lampoon Islam's prophet. Its brutal colonial past, staunch secular policies and tough-talking president who is seen as insensitive toward the Muslim faith all play a role. As France steps up security and mourns three people killed in a knife attack at a church on Thursday – the latest of many attributed to Islamic extremists in recent years -- here's a look at some of the reasons the country is under fire.
Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family has said. The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers. Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep, while in the Bahamas, having been "unwell for some time", his son said.
This month, two Roman Catholic archbishops showed a different face of exorcism – performing the rite at well-attended outdoor ceremonies to drive out any evil spirits lingering after acrimonious protests. In Portland, Oregon, Archbishop Alexander Sample led a procession of more than 200 people to a city park on Oct. 17, offered a prayer, then conducted a Latin exorcism rite intended to purge the community of evil. The event followed more than four months of racial justice protests in Portland, mostly peaceful but sometimes fueling violence and riots.
With three days until Election Day, more than 90 million people have already voted – about two thirds of the total votes counted in the 2016 general election – and elections experts predict historic rates of turnout this cycle. More than 257 million people in the U.S. are 18 or older, and nearly 240 million citizens are eligible to vote this year, according to Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who runs the U.S. Elections Project. Eligible voters include people living overseas but not non-citizens or people convicted of a felony, depending on state law.
President Donald Trump might continue holding campaign rallies after Election Day if no winner is declared on election night, campaign officials told Politico. President Donald Trump could continue holding campaign rallies after Election Day if no winner is immediately declared, Politico reported. Trump campaign surrogates have been told to keep their diaries clear after November 3, reported the outlet.
It shows how quickly new technology can take off. Not only have smartphones crushed all other phone technologies, they have upended dozens of other industries too. It proves an important point about all successful new technologies: it is easy to see why they were so transformative in hindsight, much harder to predict how they will reshape our world in advance.
“Many are longtime Republicans wrestling with what they see as a choice between two lousy candidates.”
“Some undecideds turn out to be people who’ve long felt alienated from the two big political parties.”
“They’re not following the 24-hour news cycle. The election and politics are just not a high priority.”
“One common trait: at this stage of the game, the undecided voter doesn’t fit into an easy political profile.”
“More realistically...these voters may not be motivated to vote at all in the 2020 election.”