WASHINGTON — On Oct. 30, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry delivered a rare warning to a Russian diplomat stationed in Sofia, the capital: Leave the country within 24 hours. The expelled diplomat, Vladimir Anatolyevich Rusyaev is affiliated with the Russian military intelligence service, or the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, commonly known as the GRU, according to a Western intelligence source. The intelligence source provided Yahoo News with a document describing Rusyaev's career history, including a current photograph.
A poll released earlier this week showed Pete Buttigieg leading the Democratic presidential primary pack in Iowa for the first time. Buttigieg, an openly gay military veteran, was the top choice of 25 percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers, outpacing long-standing frontrunners Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Buttigieg has staked a position where he can be seen as a reasonable alternative for voters who have doubts about the three leading candidates.
Three young boys and two adults were fatally shot and another boy was wounded in a domestic dispute that escalated into a shooting on Saturday in southeastern San Diego, police said. Police responded to a home in the Paradise Hills neighborhood where they found a 3-year-old boy along with mother and father dead inside Saturday morning. Three other boys, ages 5, 9 and 11, were taken to a hospital where two of them died, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said during a news conference.
It's one thing to say, 'Let's just shoot a bunch of missiles from Hawaii,' but it's not just about shooting missiles — you have to have the complete kill chain. You have to know where they are going to go, and you have to hope your target hasn't moved since you pulled the trigger. So it's probably prudent to have a mix of things.
Hundreds of protesters inside a Hong Kong university remained locked in a tense standoff with police on Monday after a weekend of unprecedented violence, with officers firing live bullets. Demonstrators barricaded at Polytechnic University lit a fire at an entrance in efforts to deter police surrounding the campus, after officers stormed in early morning and made arrests. Protesters have continued to arm themselves with bows and arrows, petrol bombs and bricks.
China's embassy called on two Australian lawmakers who have been vocal critics of the government in Beijing to “genuinely repent” and demonstrate greater respect after blocking the pair from visiting the country. Andrew Hastie and James Paterson, members of Australia's ruling coalition, were due to participate in a study tour next month arranged by China Matters, a think tank in Australia. China's decision apparently reflects their “frankness about the Chinese Communist Party,” the two said in a joint statement.
One local newspaper described the sales listing, with calculated understatement, as a “mid-century fixer-upper”: an underground bunker built to withstand a nuclear attack, and to house the fire power to retaliate. The decommissioned nuclear silo in southern Arizona was once home to the Titan II, the largest intercontinental ballistic missile deployed by the US Air Force. The silo's owner, Rick Ellis, told the Arizona Daily Star newspaper that he was selling the property because he's “bored”.
Two leading Muslim groups said Sunday they will file petitions in India's top court challenging its decision to award Hindus control of a bitterly disputed holy site that has sparked deadly inter-religious violence. The Supreme Court ruled on November 9 that the holy site in Ayodhya, where Hindu mobs destroyed a 460-year-old mosque in 1992, must be managed by a trust to oversee the construction of a Hindu temple. A separate piece of land in Ayodhya would be given over to a Muslim group to build a "prominent" new mosque.
A supervillain was inside the White House Saturday night. CNN's Shimon Prokupecz reported that President Trump hosted a showing of “Joker,” which tells the origin story of Batman's archnemesis. “Joker,” which was released in theaters in October, stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a disturbed young comedian who descends into a world of crime.
Prince Andrew says he is prepared to give evidence about his friendship with late accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein under oath, and claimed to have no recollection of the notorious photograph of him with his arm around the waist of alleged Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre being taken. To support his latter claim, Andrew told the BBC's Newsnight program on Saturday that the “traveling clothes” he was wearing in the picture were not clothes he would wear in London. Giuffre has accused Prince Andrew of having sex with her on three occasions when she was being trafficked by Epstein, an allegation he has denied.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joined the race late last week, and New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is likely to follow in the coming days. Voters on the ground in the early states are pushing back against the late entries, while the party's establishment class welcomes new faces amid their deep concerns about the strength of the top-tier candidates. Will Bloomberg answer the $50 billion question?
A father in Massachusetts is facing criminal charges after his 5-year-old son allegedly brought heroin to school and said tasting it made him feel like Spider-Man. Benny Garcia's son took a bag of heroin to kindergarten on Thursday, prosecutors said, and put some of the powder in his mouth. The boy told a teacher he got it from his living room, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported, and said eating the powder turns him into the superhero whose image was stamped on the plastic bag.
Chile's independent human rights watchdog said on Saturday it would file a formal complaint for murder against police officers who allegedly prevented paramedics from attending a heart attack victim amid a protest Friday. Security forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons made it impossible for rescue workers to properly treat the victim, Chile's publicly-funded National Institute for Human Rights said. Twenty-nine year old Abel Acuna died shortly after at a nearby Santiago hospital.
An elephant named after Osama bin Laden, the late al-Qaida leader, has died in captivity after he was captured following a massive hunt in northeastern India, officials said Sunday.
Key point: Russia still maintains a powerful submarine fleet. Back in May of 2017, the Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine Obninsk fired a torpedo against one of Moscow's newest nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, Yuri Dolgoruky. The massive Project 955 Borei missile boat in turn launched a torpedo back at Obninsk, a smaller Project 671RTMK Schuka-class vessel more commonly known as a Victor III in NATO parlance.
A plan by the city of Berlin to freeze rents in the German capital for five years is unconstitutional, according to the federal government. Issues such as limiting rent should be regulated on a federal level rather than by individual states, the German Interior Ministry said in an email to CDU lawmaker Kai Wegner seen by Bloomberg. Rent limits are already “comprehensively and conclusively regulated” by the federal government, the ministry told Wegner, a member of the Bundestag for the Berlin constituency of Spandau and Charlottenburg-Nord.
A leading Pacific journalist who has been barred from returning home to Vanuatu from Australia on Monday blamed his treatment on government unease at his coverage of China's growing influence in the Pacific nation. Vanuatu Daily Post media director Dan McGarry was stopped from boarding a flight from Brisbane to Port Vila on Sunday, with airline staff telling him that the immigration department was behind the move. The travel ban comes just days after McGarry was told his work permit would not be renewed and the veteran reporter said he was being singled out over the Post's stories about China's activities in Vanuatu.
Senior Republican congressman Mike Turner has labelled the impeachment inquiry evidence against Donald Trump “alarming” as the White House scrambles to deny speculation the president's sudden visit to a Maryland hospital on Saturday for a medical check-up was initiated in response to a more serious health complaint. Mr Trump has meanwhile been invited by House speaker Nancy Pelosi to testify to the inquiry and “speak all the truth he wants”, a welcome also extended by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, who said the president should give his side of the story on Ukraine rather than grumble about the proceedings on Twitter.
South Asia's onion crisis has widened, with Bangladesh airlifting supplies of the vegetable and the prime minister claiming prices are so high she has stopped eating them. The spike in Bangladesh has put a staple ingredient for much South Asian food out of reach of the country's poor and follows a similar price hike in India. Prices in Bangladesh rocketed after India banned exports to conserve its own stocks after they were hit first by drought and then by heavy monsoon rains.
Kamala Harris is framing an upcoming campaign swing through early voting South Carolina around the voting demographic most sought after in the state's Democratic primary: black women. On Saturday, Harris' campaign is teaming up with black female organizers and volunteers to canvass and hold a “woman to woman” phone bank for the California senator in South Carolina, officials said. They're working with Higher Heights, the country's largest online political organization aimed at electing black women, which endorsed Harris this month and provided significant support during the 2018 midterms to candidates who helped usher in the most diverse Congress in history.
A purported street gang leader from Chicago who allegedly became radicalized in prison faces federal charges accusing him of seeking to provide money to Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner blamed "thugs" and "bullies" on Sunday for the violence that hit demonstrations the previous day marking marked the first anniversary of the anti-government "yellow vest" protests. "Yesterday, what we saw were few (legitimate) demonstrators but thugs, bullies and morons," Castaner told Europe 1 radio when asked about the violence in Paris on Saturday. Demonstrators torched cars and pelted police with stones and bottles and police fired tear gas and water cannon during the rallies to mark a year since the birth of the anti-government yellow vest movement.
One of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers is providing chilling new insight into his alleged sex trafficking operation. Maria Farmer told "CBS This Morning" that Epstein sexually assaulted her more than 20 years ago. She is now suing the Epstein estate.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12 refused to block a lawsuit filed by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting victims, clearing the way for the litigation to proceed. Remington Arms, which manufactured and sold the semiautomatic rifle used in the attack, had hoped the broad immunity the industry has enjoyed for years would shield it from any liability. The prospect of more claims from victims of mass shootings puts new pressure on the gun industry to reconsider the way it does business.
Supporters of Juan Guaido staged their biggest protest in Caracas in months as Venezuela's opposition leader seeks to revive his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro. A week after Maduro's ally Evo Morales was toppled in Bolivia, Guaido is seeking to boost thinning crowds that have grown apathetic since a botched uprising in April failed to remove Maduro. I'm here because we cannot continue living like this,” said hairdresser Maribel Risquez, 51, one of thousands of protesters in the capital on Saturday.