Israel's president on Sunday began consulting with party leaders to discuss who should lead the country after no clear victor emerged from last week's election, suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud join forces with its main rival. Netanyahu's right-wing Likud failed, for the second time in five months, to secure a clear election victory. The centrist Blue and White party led by ex-armed forces chief Benny Gantz has a slight lead with nearly all votes counted.
The Latest on the nonfatal shooting of a Chicago police officer (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Chicago police say a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting and wounding of an officer has been shot and captured. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL'-mee) tweeted Saturday that officers apprehended a "person of interest" believed to be 45-year-old Michael Blackman following an armed encounter with officers and a daylong manhunt.
A bus driver in Washington is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment after a young passenger called 911 to report that she was intoxicated. Catherine Maccarone, 48, was arrested after a child who had just gotten off the bus told police her breath smelled of alcohol, according to audio from the 911 call obtained by several media outlets. The caller told dispatchers he'd tried to get his friends to get off the bus with him but Maccarone wouldn't let them.
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Tropical Storm Karen is “bringing gusty winds and heavy rainfall to portions of the southern Windward Islands” and could approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by Tuesday, forecasters say. Karen is moving west-northwest at 13 mph with maximum wind speeds of 40 mph and is about 60 miles north of Grenada, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center on Sunday afternoon, which stated that “no significant strengthening is expected” over the next 48 hours. A tropical storm warning, indicating that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 12 hours, is already in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada and its dependencies, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Hong Kong is a "police state" where officers -- once dubbed "Asia's finest" -- are conducting abuses in the service of the city's pro-Beijing leadership, prominent voices in the global financial hub's weeks-long protest movement told AFP Saturday. The comments came as riot police and demonstrators in Hong Kong fought brief skirmishes Saturday near the Chinese border. "Within these three-and-a-half months we have seen the police in Hong Kong getting totally out of control," activist and pop star Denise Ho said in an interview with AFP.
Amid calls from Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, for the White House to release a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine, Trump told reporters he talked about both Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, because of "all of the corruption taking place." On a July 25 call with President Vladimir Zelensky, Trump asked the Ukraine leader to investigate Hunter eight times, multiple news outlets reported Friday, citing intelligence sources. Now, Trump says he hopes "they release" the call.
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are considering acquiring small transport ships in order to complement existing large amphibious vessels and give the fleet more ways of landing troops during a major war. The new small transports, perhaps based on the oil and gas industry's typical offshore support vessel, could represent a revival of a defunct class of warship that once filled a variety of roles in the American fleet. “As the Navy and the Marine Corps narrow in on what their future amphibious operations might look like, they are considering acquiring something akin to an offshore support vessel to help Marines distribute around a littoral environment in a future fight,” Megan Eckstein wrote for the news website of the U.S. Naval Institute.
Ethiopia said on Saturday it had arrested an unspecified number of Islamist militant members of the Somali group al Shabaab and Islamic State who were planning to carry out attacks in the country on various targets including hotels. Some of those arrested were carrying out intelligence work including photographing potential targets, the National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) said in a statement read out on state-affiliated broadcaster Fana. "The group was ... preparing to attack hotels, religious festivities gathering places and public areas in Addis Ababa," NISS said.
Events involving thousands of Earthlings answering an internet buzz about an invitation to "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert have been mostly festive, with crowds numbering in the low thousands and few arrests, officials said. Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote once-secret military base, Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee said, bringing to five the tally since Thursday of accused trespassers during "Alienstock" and "Area 51 Basecamp" events and festivals in the tiny desert towns of Rachel and Hiko. Several minor injuries were reported, and one man was treated for dehydration by festival medics in Rachel before returning to the party.
WASHINGTON – The New York Post published an "obituary" for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's now-concluded presidential campaign. De Blasio, who is currently serving his second term as mayor, was blasted by the newspaper, which wrote that his campaign had "died" from "ego-induced psychosis." Neighbors said the body had been in rigor mortis for some time,” the mock obituary says.
Any country that attacks Iran will become the "main battlefield", the Revolutionary Guards warned Saturday after Washington ordered reinforcements to the Gulf following attacks on Saudi oil that it blames on Tehran.
Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner's appearance at the 2019 Emmy Awards didn't exactly go according to plan. The reality star sisters took the stage during the 71st annual ceremony on Sunday night to present the the award for Outstanding Competition Series to "RuPaul's Drag Race," and their introduction was slightly interrupted by an unplanned laughing fit from the audience. Kim and Kendall walked out onto the stage to Sister Sledge's hit, "We Are Family," before the KKW Beauty founder started their introduction of the category.
In a secret chat last November, according to court filings, two associates of a violent white supremacist group discussed whether drug use was in line with their political beliefs. There's nothing more Aryan than entheogenic drug use,” Andrew Thomasberg, 21, texted a friend, according to prosecutors, referencing plants that have psychedelic effects. Thomasberg was arrested at his home in McLean, Virginia, on Thursday, according to court filings, accused of possessing guns as a drug user and illegally buying an AK-47 in 2017 for that friend, who is cooperating with authorities.
A climate march in Paris turned violent on Saturday when anarchist "black bloc" protesters joined and provoked clashes with police, prompting the rally's organisers to call for demonstrators to leave the event. After first marching with a separate yellow vest protest, around 1,000 of the hardcore radical demonstrators infiltrated the march against climate change where more than 150 were arrested, authorities said. The climate march organisers urged protesters to go home to avoid the clashes, which involved teargas and baton charges.
Cars were crushed by bricks falling from buildings in Albania's capital Tirana, as the country was struck by a pair of strong earthquakes on Saturday. According to the Ministry of Health, at least 68 people were injured, but some reports say there are as many as 105 people injured. It also damaged about 600 homes and temporarily cut power and water facilities in Tirana and Durres.
Key point: Israeli missile defense technology is cutting edge. On July 15th, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced it was deploying more Iron Dome missile defense systems near Tel Aviv and other parts of southern Israel. The Iron Dome is Israel's most effective defense system against short-range projectiles.
Iran will pursue any aggressor, even if it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh and U.S officials blamed on Tehran. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia's air and missile defences after the Sept. 14 attacks. Iran denies involvement in the attack, which was claimed by Yemen's Houthi movement, a group aligned with Iran and currently fighting a Saudi-led alliance in Yemen's civil war.
A powerful typhoon was heading northeast to Japan's main island of Honshu on Sunday after lashing parts of the country's southern islands with heavy rains and winds that caused flooding and some minor injuries. Typhoon Tapah was passing near Nagasaki in southern Japan on Sunday afternoon after hitting other parts of southern Japan, including Okinawa, the two previous days. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the storm was moving northeast at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour (19 mph), with maximum winds of 162 kph (100 mph).
WASHINGTON – Sen. Cory Booker's presidential campaign warned Saturday in a memo that he "might not be in this race for much longer" if there's no fundraising surge by the end of this quarter – which is in just 10 days. Addisu Demissie, Booker's campaign manager, wrote to the senator's supporters saying that "Cory 2020 needs to raise an additional $1.7 million by September 30 to be in a position to build the organization necessary to continue competing for the nomination. “The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race and compete to win the nomination,” the memo states.
Starting next month, China's Communist Party will require more than 10,000 journalists and editors to take tests on President Xi Jinping and Marxism before they can get updated press passes. The South China Morning Post reports that, via a notice sent out in August from the country's media oversight office in China's propaganda department, the tests will be conducted through an app. The app was created to educate Chinese citizens on the president's political philosophy, and it aggregates favorable articles, news clips, and documentaries.
Wall Street stock futures edged up in early trade on Monday, setting an upbeat tone for Asian markets on hopes of an interim Sino-U.S. tariff deal after the U.S. Trade Representative characterised their two days of talks as "productive". The E-mini futures for U.S. S&P 500 climbed 0.5% in while Chicago-traded Nikkei futures suggest Japan's Nikkei is on course to rise 0.4%. The U.S. Trade Representative's office issued a brief statement characterising the two days as "productive" and that a principal-level trade meeting in Washington would take place in October as previously planned.
For more than a century, motorised vehicles have been banned from Mackinac Island in Michigan - giving the former Revolutionary War battle site a unique charm and turning it into a tourist haven. The ban is so strictly enforced that when President Gerald Ford visited in 1975, he and first lady Betty Ford travelled by horse-drawn carriage. Mr Pence was on the island to speak at the Michigan Republican Party's leadership conference, the first ever sitting vice president to address it in its 60-year history.
A Rohingya couple was shot dead during a gunfight in a border town camp hours after they were detained by Bangladesh police, officials said Sunday, the latest killings amid growing tensions between the refugees and authorities. Police in Teknaf town said the refugee couple -- Dil Mohammad, 32, and his 26-year-old wife Jaheda Begum -- were members of a Rohingya "bandit group". Authorities claim the gang killed a local ruling party official, Omar Faruk, in a refugee settlement in southeastern Bangladesh last month.