Anti-Taliban raids by Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes killed at least 40 civilians attending a wedding party in the southern Helmand province, Afghan officials said. The civilian deaths in Sunday night's raids on Taliban hideouts further rattled Afghanistan amid an upsurge in violence that's followed the collapse this month of U.S.-Taliban peace talks to end America's longest war. "We are saddened and divested to hear that civilians have lost their lives in an incident in Helmand despite President Ghani's repeated call for extra cautions in conducting military operations," said Sediq Sediqqi, President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman.
Jessi Combs died on August 28 while trying to beat a longstanding 512.7-mph record. Now her speed on that day may be immortalized in the Guinness record books. Combs, who was part of the North American Eagle land-speed-record team, was also a successful off-road racer, a custom automotive fabricator, and TV host.
The annual gathering of political leaders at the United Nations is meant to be a chance to make the world a better place - tackle climate change, reduce poverty, improve women's rights. Over the summer there had been growing signs that Donald Trump is looking to change his "extreme pressure" campaign against Tehran into one focused on deal-making. There was speculation the US president floated the idea of lowering sanctions on Iran and even, reportedly, flirted with a £15 billion bailout for the country.
Top Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers headed to court on Monday to try to have her extradition case thrown out, arguing that her rights were violated. The arrest of Meng -- a rising star whose father Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei and over three decades grew it into a global telecom giant -- caused an unprecedented diplomatic rift between Canada and China. The United States wants to put Meng on trial for fraud for allegedly violating Iran sanctions and lying about it to US banks -- accusations her lawyers dispute.
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.
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.
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.
As a result there is increased focus within the military community on combat technologies that can provide what the military calls precision, navigation and timing (PNT) for a wide range of systems. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is working with industry to test and refine an emerging radio frequency force-tracking technology able to identify ground forces' location without needing to rely upon GPS. The technology utilizes a ground operated handheld device which uses an algorithm to aggregate signals of opportunity from various radio frequencies, said Mark Smearcheck, AFRL electronics engineer, in a written statement several months ago.
Investigators entered Cho's house shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Yonhap said, citing the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office. The move comes amid a range of inquiries into issues involving Cho and his wife including their children's university applications and an investment in a private equity fund. The Seoul Central Prosecutors Office, the Justice Ministry and the presidential office declined to comment when reached by phone Monday.
A U.S. Marine thought to have left Arizona for California's Camp Pendleton never arrived, but was found days later at a Texas rest area, unharmed.
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President Donald Trump is calling on world leaders to take action to protect religious freedom in the wake of rising persecution of people based on their faith and beliefs. In a speech at the United Nations on Monday, Trump says about 80 percent of the world's population live in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted or even banned. Trump is beginning three days of meetings at the U.N.
Thousands of environmental protesters blocked traffic in central Washington on Monday to demand action on climate change in the capital of one of the main emitters of greenhouse gases. Small group of demonstrators gathered at key intersections in the city to "bring attention to everybody that this is not just Washington DC, this is the entire planet," said protester Maryan Pollock. The street protests came as world leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York for a special summit on climate change.
Egyptian authorities have detained at least 373 people as they try to quash rare protests against the regime of President Abel Fattah al-Sisi, rights monitors said on Monday. Defying a ban on protests, the demonstrators shouted slogans calling on Mr Sisi to step down. In the past few days, 373 people had been arrested, most of them aged between 18 and 41, and detained in Cairo, said Mohamed Lotfy, director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms.
Stacks of cash piled high were shown as evidence on Saturday against ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir at his trial on charges of possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption. Millions of euros and Sudanese pounds were found at Bashir's residence in April after he was overthrown and detained by the military following months of demonstrations against his rule. The court heard four defense witnesses on Saturday, including Abubakr Awad, who was minister of state for the presidency until Bashir's fall, before it was adjourned until next Saturday.
A Florida man was arrested after a man with Down syndrome died in a sweltering minivan. Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrested Joshua D. Russell, 26, on an aggravated manslaughter charge Friday, after a monthslong investigation into the death of John Lapointe, 35. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff Office, Russell drove Lapointe to a doctor's appointment May.
Continuously upgraded since introduction, today the Patriot missile system protects against the full spectrum of flying threats, from ballistic missiles to consumer-grade quadcopter drones. The design of Patriot goes back as far as 1965, when then secretary of defense Robert McNamara authorized development of a new air-defense missile, SAM-D. SAM-D was set to replace the Nike Hercules surface-to-air missile systems and protect against medium- to high-altitude threats. Patriot was intended to be a new-generation system that would incorporate new technologies, including computer control, multiple target engagement, and the ability to operate in an electronic-countermeasures-heavy environment.
Starting next month, China's Communist Party is expected to require more than 10,000 journalists and editors who work in the country's state-run media to take tests on President Xi Jinping and Marxism before they can get updated press passes. The South China Morning Post, citing a notice sent in August from the country's media oversight office in China's propaganda department, reported that the tests would be conducted through an app. The app, which was created to educate Chinese citizens on the president's political philosophy, aggregates favorable articles, news clips, and documentaries.
German authorities are considering emergency financial aid for Thomas Cook Group Plc's Condor subsidiary as Deutsche Lufthansa AG remains tight-lipped on the fate of a unit it bid for earlier this year. Germany's Economy Ministry on Monday said it's urgently assessing Condor Flugdienst GmbH's request for a bridge loan after Thomas Cook collapsed under a pile of debt. The state of Hesse, where Condor's base at Frankfurt Airport is located, is ready to help with a loan guarantee and is already in talks with the airline and the federal government, Premier Volker Bouffier said.
Regular travelers probably don't associate the idea of sales and low-fares with a carrier like Delta Airlines, which are more in the wheelhouse of a low-cost brand like Southwest that offers up flash fare sales on the regular. Nevertheless, that's exactly what Delta has going at the moment — a fare sale with deals that start as low as only $97, though they come with a few important catches. One is that you've only got until September 25, to lock one of these fares in.
Leader after leader told the United Nations on Monday that they will do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels. Sixty-six countries have promised to have more ambitious climate goals and 30 swore to be carbon neutral by midcentury, said Chilean President Sebastian Pinera Echenique, who is hosting the next climate negotiations later this year. U.S. President Donald Trump dropped by, listened to German Chancellor Angela Merkel make detailed pledges, including going coal-free, and left without saying anything.
An Israeli woman wounded by Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in November 2018 has died from her injuries, officials said Monday. The southern coastal city of Ashkelon, where she lived, announced the death of Nina Genisdanova in a statement. Israeli media said she was 74 and died last week.
From Beijing to Ningxia, officials have banned the public use of Arabic script. This campaign represents the newest front in the Chinese Communist Party's sweeping rollback of individual religious freedoms, after decades of relative openness that allowed more moderate forms of Islam to blossom. The harsh crackdown on Muslims that began with the Uighurs in Xinjiang is spreading to more regions and more groups.
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.
Capital gains were largely unaffected by federal income-tax reform a couple of years ago, but recent rumblings suggest they could be put into play sooner or later. Capital gains are the profits that people earn on stocks, bonds, housing and other types of investments. Some Republicans would like to see capital gains indexed to inflation, which would mean people pay taxes on a smaller portion of their gains. Some Democrats want to see wealthy investors pay higher tax rates on capital gains, and sooner.