The United Nations voiced concern Monday after the United States imposed unusually harsh restrictions on the movements of Iran's foreign minister, who was visiting the world body and also speaking on the soaring tensions between the countries. Weeks after the United States threatened sanctions against Zarif, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington issued him a visa but forbade him from moving beyond six blocks of Iran's UN mission in Midtown Manhattan. "US diplomats don't roam around Tehran, so we don't see any reason for Iranian diplomats to roam freely around New York City, either," Pompeo told The Washington Post.
Italian police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathisers, they said on Monday. Elite police forces searched properties across northern Italy following an investigation into Italians who had fought alongside Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, a police statement said. During their raids, police discovered a French-made Matra air-to-air missile that appeared to have once belonged to the Qatar armed forces.
Three reels of videotape from NASA's Apollo 11 mission described as “the only surviving first-generation recordings of the historic moon walk” will be auctioned at Sotheby's on Saturday, the day of the moon landing's 50th anniversary. The footage offers “unrestored, unenhanced, and unremastered” images of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon's surface and the planting of the American flag, the auction house says. The bidding starts at $700,000, and Sotheby's estimates they will sell for $1 to $2 million.
Major update: California's Inyo County Sheriff's Office issued this update at Monday afternoon: "Missing hiker, Sheryl Powell was located alive by ground search team members near the Montenegro Springs area (below where her dog was located earlier today). Searchers describe her as resilient and strong but exhausted after being lost in an extremely remote area above Big Pine, CA. "Mrs Powell was met at the Bishop Airport by ambulance and will be taken to the local hospital for medical clearance.
A plane was evacuated after someone sent a photograph of a suicide vest to passengers and flight attendants on board. The unknown sender used Apple's AirDrop feature, which allows users to easily and anonymously transfer files to other iOS devices using Bluetooth. Authorities say the Florida-bound plane was about to take off from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey when the image was widely shared on board.
Police at Heathrow Airport are investigating how a 12-year-old boy slipped through security and managed to board a British Airways flight to Los Angeles without a ticket or boarding pass. The unaccompanied child, who had no travel documents, mingled with passengers getting on the flight and was only spotted when cabin crew asked to see his boarding pass in order to direct him to his seat. The mystery youngster, who is thought to be Dutch, was not travelling with his parents, and refused to cooperate with cabin crew when he was challenged.
One of the world's largest airlines seems to be rebranding its Boeing 737 Max jets. An aviation blogger and photographer shared a photo appearing to show a Ryanair plane with the "737 Max" text replaced with "737-8200," which might come from the 737 Max 200 model that Ryanair ordered. Ryanair, along with many other airlines, has expressed confidence in Boeing but is looking for compensation as the plane remains grounded around the world.
The Russian intelligence agency behind 2016's election attacks is training its sights on billionaire financier George Soros, The Daily Beast has learned. The move comes hot on the heels of a surge in U.S.-focused hacking by Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate with similarities to 2016 in targeting and methodology. Laura Silber, chief communications officer for Soros' Open Society Foundations, confirmed the hack attempt, but couldn't provide additional details over the weekend.
Just in time for next week's likely House vote on a federal $15 minimum wage, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has come out with a caustic report on the consequences of the policy. The report confirms what even liberal economists caution: A $15 minimum wage would “risk undesirable and unintended consequences” and lead to a survival-of-the-fittest labor market, where only the highest-skilled workers come out on top. The Congressional Budget Office report estimated that a $15 minimum wage would lead to 1.3 million lost jobs by the year 2025, with job losses rising over time due to compounding negative impacts.
In an open field on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, workers in black uniforms, surgical masks and red hardhats toil under a scorching sun to dig up bodies from a large mass grave discovered last month. All of the dead are men, women and children believed to have been killed or died during the Islamic State group's rule over the northern city, once the de facto capital of the extremist group's so-called Islamic caliphate and the site of atrocities committed by the group against residents who opposed its extremist ideology. The group at the time commanded large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq that it administered based on its own radical version of Islamic rule.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday Japan's reported accusations that South Korea had exported banned goods to North Korea posed a "grave challenge" amid a growing dispute over Japanese export curbs. Japan has tightened restrictions on the export of three materials used in high-tech equipment, citing "inadequate management" of sensitive items exported to South Korea. Japanese officials have cited "inadequate management" of sensitive items exported to South Korea as a reason behind the curbs, as well as lack of information sharing on export controls.
A Georgia man died in the Dominican Republic in March, the State Department confirmed Friday.
WASHINGTON – White House counselor Kellyanne Conway will ignore a congressional subpoena demanding she answer questions about whether she broke the law by engaging politics in her official capacity, administration officials said Monday. The decision is certain to increase tension between Democratic lawmakers in the House and President Donald Trump's administration, which has dismissed congressional investigations as politically motivated and has largely refused to comply with lawmakers' demands for information. Trump dismissed the recommendation of a government watchdog last month that Conway be removed from her job for "egregious, notorious and ongoing" violations of the Hatch Act.
Heavy rain fall in south Florida forced hundreds of land crabs, which burrow underground, out of their holes and into the property of Dan Skowronski, a resident of of Port St Lucie. In a video shared to Facebook, the Florida man witnessed the home invasion with a surprising calm. Florida saw heavy rainfall as Hurricane Barry geared up in the Gulf Coast throughout last week, before making landfall in Louisiana on Saturday.
Once upon a time, it was almost impossible to find decent deals on popular Apple products. Apple never really let its retail partners offer big discounts, and its own sales at Apple stores were pathetic, typically involving gift cards when items were purchased at full price. Well, those days are looooooong gone and Prime Day 2019 is proof!
A police officer who shot dead a 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli, sparking nationwide protests, was freed on bail from house arrest on Monday, Israel's justice ministry said. The officer, who was off-duty and said he felt his life was in danger at the time of the June 30 shooting, will be subject to a series of restrictions while the investigation continues. The bail amount was not made public by the ministry following the closed-door court hearing over the shooting of Solomon Teka in Kiryat Haim near the northern port city of Haifa.
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Mark Episkopos Security, What can it do? Following months of radio silence and scattered leaks by anonymous sources, top Russian defense industry officials are finally going on record about Russia's upcoming S-500 missile defense system—and it may be coming sooner than expected. Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Russian defense conglomerate Rostec, kicked off a new round of speculation when he recently told Russian media that the S-500 will enter service “very soon”: "New state-of-the-art weapons are being developed.
An upstate New York man is accused of brutally slaying a teenage internet personality he met online and posting pictures of her body to the internet, according to police. Authorities say Brandon Clark slashed Bianca Devins' throat early Sunday, nearly decapitating her. Devins, 17, a Utica, New York teen, had just graduated high school and was preparing to start a psychology degree at her local community college.
countries — including Saudi Arabia, Syria, and North Korea — have written a letter backing China's detention of 1.5 million Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. The pro-China letter, signed by ambassadors to the UN on Friday, said China has made "remarkable achievements in the field of human rights." It's a rebuttal to a landmark statement from 22 members of the UN Human Rights Council, which called on China to stop imprisoning the minority.
Former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice sparred with a senior Chinese diplomat on Twitter in an unusual and heated dispute over race in Washington. In a series of Tweets apparently aimed at making a broader point about diplomatic divisions over the mass detention of Muslims in China's Xinjiang province, Lijian Zhao, a diplomat posted in Islamabad, said on Sunday that if “you're in Washington, D.C., you know the white never go” to the southeastern part of the U.S. capital. You are a racist disgrace.
The development came the same day lawmakers approved a bill changing how the state pays for wildfire damage caused by utilities. Newsom signed it Friday, approving the creation of a fund of up to $21 billion that could help pay out claims related to blazes sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, such as through downed power lines. As wildfire season kicks off again, supporters of the bill cited a need to provide financial certainty to the state's investor-owned utilities, including PG&E, which declared bankruptcy amid lawsuits related to wildfires.
A man has been charged with killing a polar bear and leaving the body to rot outside his home in Alaska for five months. Christopher Gordon, 35, allegedly shot the animal dead when it ventured into his front yard to try and eat some butchered whale meat. He then failed to report the polar bear carcass or attempt to “harvest” it for food between December 2018 and May this year.
A man convicted of federal hate crime charges for deliberately slamming his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison on state charges. James Alex Fields Jr. was sentenced Monday to life plus 419 years for killing one person and injuring dozens during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. Judge Richard Moore formally imposed the sentence recommended by a Virginia jury that convicted Fields in December.