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Los Angeles authorities looking into Asia Argento allegationNEW YORK (AP) — Authorities said Monday that they are looking into sexual assault allegations by a young actor against Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

Posted: August 21, 2018, 2:48 am

ConocoPhillips says PDVSA agreed to pay $2 bn to settle disputeVenezuela has agreed to pay a $2 billion settlement to US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to stop the seizure of the South American nation's assets, the American firm announced Monday. PDVSA, the state oil company once the crown jewel of Venezuela's now imploding economy, will make initial payments of $500 million over the next 90 days, ConocoPhillips said in a statement. In return, ConocoPhillips said it agreed to halt the seizure of PDVSA's oil and assets in the Caribbean -- which it took over after Caracas failed to honor an April 25 ruling by an international arbitrator.

Posted: August 21, 2018, 1:20 am

58 people shot in Chicago over weekend as police hit out at 'cowardly' violenceChicago police have hit out at "cowardly" and "senseless" gun crime after at least 58 people were shot in another violent weekend across the city. Six people were killed from the shootings that took place from Friday to Sunday night, Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference. Tom Ahern, the assistant director of news affairs and communications at CPD reported that a three-year-old boy was among those wounded as a result of the shootings from the weekend.

Posted: August 21, 2018, 12:46 am

2 employees dead, including suspect, in workplace shooting at food warehouse in Missouri CityOfficials say the woman walked into the Missouri City warehouse and started firing, killing a manager and wounding another employee.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 11:11 pm

Watergate wisdom? Cohen lawyer turns to Nixon turncoatNEW YORK (AP) — If anyone knows what Michael Cohen is up against, his lawyer figures it's John Dean, the former White House counsel who turned on President Richard Nixon and helped run him out of office.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 10:13 pm

Why you should block big corporations on TwitterThis is You Won't Regret It , a new weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team. Nothing feels better than blocking an obnoxious branded Twitter account — whether you're doing it to spite Alex Jones, to protect yourself from insidious marketing, or some combination of the two. Look at what's happening on Twitter, for example. As we reported earlier this month, #GrabYourWallet co-founder Shannon Coulter recently put pressure on the platform to remove Jones by creating a list of Fortune 500 companies on Twitter that people can block in protest. SEE ALSO: Twitter punishes Alex Jones—but he's still not banned Using Block Together, any Twitter user can block a number of accounts all at once. Coulter created a customized block list of companies and made it available for download on site. The idea, Coulter wrote in a Medium post, is "to remove access to that time and attention until Jones is shown the door." Should Twitter ban Jones from the platform, Coulter says she'll "immediately unblock all the companies on this list, which means that you will too — instantly & automatically." More than 71,000 people have reportedly downloaded her list already. But even after this campaign is long over, I recommend making your own list and banning corporations from your timeline, one account at a time. My feed has been virtually ad free since joining #BlockParty500 💜 — kswolfley (@kswolfley) August 19, 2018 Brands rule my Twitter life. I followed each and every turn of the Wendy's vs. IHOP drama. I've been known to retweet the MoonPie account. My politics are far too close to that of a dictionary's, and that's upsetting. So I'm making a change. By blocking some of these mega-corporations, we make it just a little bit harder for them to penetrate each and every part of our private lives. I don't want the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile account to be able to look at my Twitter feed and see how I feel about family separation policy. I don't want Chick-fil-A — with its disturbing record on a lack of support for LGBTQ rights — looking at me at all. And while I'm sure the massive social media companies I've given my information to have already mined my data for all it's worth and sold it to the most ravenous companies in the world, it feels good to give a little "F U" to giant companies who want nothing more than to sell me something via Twitter marketing. Small victories are sometimes the only thing we have. My goal for 2018 is to follow the humans who deserve it the most: journalists with good scoops and hot people. I don't want brands even looking at me, unless it's to offer discount essential oil diffusers. It's impossible, I know, to go #NoLogo on all brands, but anything we can do to separate ourselves from mendacious corporations is a step in the right direction. Block some corporations today. Your Twitter feed deserves it. WATCH: The history of video game sex scenes is incredibly unsexy  

Posted: August 20, 2018, 9:46 pm

No One Lost the South China Sea (And No One Will)America's excessive involvement in the South China Sea has forced China to deploy more defensive equipment in the area. What happens now?

Posted: August 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

2 detained after shots are fired at US Embassy in TurkeyISTANBUL (AP) — Shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. Officials said two people with criminal records were detained.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 6:59 pm

Police: 1 dead after woman opens fire at Texas warehouseMISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) — A female employee opened fire at a Houston-area food distribution center early Monday, killing a company manager and wounding another worker, police said.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 6:57 pm

Texas doctor who raped sedated patient will not serve jail timeShafeeq Sheikh was instead sentenced to 10 years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. Five female and seven male jurors had recommended the sentencing after deliberating for 14 hours at the Harris County Family Law Center in Houston, Texas. State law required Judge Terry Flenniken is required by the state's law to follow the recommendation, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 6:36 pm

Dramatic Rescue of Woman, Son and Chihuahua Caught on Camera at California MarinaCellphone footage showed the moment good Samaritans jumped in to save them.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 6:22 pm

Church urges followers to drop the Mormon nameThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its followers to drop the use of the word "Mormon" to refer to the church or its members, according to new directives issued by its leader. Church president Russell Nelson, who has been visiting congregations in North America to explain the move, said Saturday in Montreal: "we're not changing names. "The Book of Mormon" is the religion's sacred text, and the name Mormon has been used to identify the church since it was established in 1830, although initially by outsiders as a derogatory term.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 5:24 pm

Boyfriend Of Missing Phoenix Teen Kiera Bergman ArrestedThe on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kiera Bergman, a missing Arizona

Posted: August 20, 2018, 5:10 pm

Taiwan 'won't bow to pressure', president says amid China tensionsTaiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Monday the self-ruled island would not bow to pressure after her high-profile trip to Latin America, including stops in the United States, which drew criticism from China. China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, has ramped up military and diplomatic pressure in an attempt to assert Chinese sovereignty over the island, even as the U.S. government makes fresh overtures to it. In March, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act -- a non-binding bill encouraging the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 4:42 pm

Optimism over easing of US-China trade dispute infects marketsOptimism over signs that China and the United States will start working to resolve their trade dispute helped stock markets across the world move higher on Monday. "Equity markets are buoyant ahead of the US-China trade talks which commence on Wednesday," said market analyst David Madden at CMC Markets UK. The talks slated for Wednesday and Thursday are the first since the US and China began slapping tariffs on tens of billions of dollars worth of goods, and according to the Wall Street Journal they are aimed at easing the dispute so US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping can hold a summit in November.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 3:50 pm

Iran tells EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear dealEU members Britain, France and Germany plus China and Russia - to avoid the agreement's collapse are struggling as Washington has said any firms dealing with Teheran will be barred from doing business in the United States. "Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America's new sanctions," he told a news conference broadcast on state TV. European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal, which Trump said was "deeply flawed".

Posted: August 20, 2018, 3:36 pm

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Posted: August 20, 2018, 3:00 pm

Irish abuse survivors await Pope's arrival with scepticismOver the next 15 years floods of similar stories followed as harrowing state investigations unearthed endemic sexual abuse and cover-up that rocked the church's standing in the once staunchly Roman Catholic country. When Pope Francis makes the first papal visit to Ireland in nearly 40 years this weekend, Madden, a Dubliner, will be a long way away. To see that institution being cheered on when there are so many unanswered questions, I would find it sickening," said Madden, who will be in Rome when the Pope addresses an expected 500,000 people in Dublin on Sunday.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 2:35 pm

2019 Best Colleges Rankings Coming Sept. 10In three weeks, on Monday, Sept. 10, prospective students and parents can explore the 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings on In addition to the rankings, U.S. News will provide extensive statistical profiles for each school, a comprehensive college search and detailed explanations of the ranking methodologies. Users can sign up for the U.S. News College Compass to receive access to the My Fit custom ranking, additional data and other exclusive interactive tools.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 1:00 pm

British air stewardess who fell off cruise ship says yoga and singing helped her survive 10 hours in seaA British air stewardess who fell from the back of a cruise ship has said her yoga fitness and singing helped her to survive 10 hours in the sea. Kay Longstaff, 46, was pulled from the Adriatic Sea on Sunday morning, having plunged from the Norwegian Star as it sailed 60 miles off the Croatian coast on Saturday. The tourist said she is "lucky to be alive" and thanked her "wonderful" rescuers as she was taken to a hospital in the Croatian town of Pula. Rescuers said Ms Longstaff, believed to be a former Virgin Atlantic cabin crew member who now works on private planes, was exhausted but she had recovered by the time they took her ashore. "She said the fact that she practices yoga helped her as she was fit. And she said she was singing to not feel cold in the sea overnight," an unnamed rescuer told The Sun. Kay Longstaff is escorted by rescuers from a Croatian Coast Guard vessel Credit: AP Ms Longstaff was found swimming less than a mile from the point where she disappeared from the Norwegian Star as it made its way to Venice.  She looked relaxed and happy, wearing a T-shirt tied in a knot and blue denim shorts as she reached the Croatian city of Pula on Sunday morning. Kay Longstaff appeared relaxed and happy as she reached the Croatian city of Pula Credit: STR/AFP  It is not clear how Ms Longstaff came to be in the water, but said she "fell off the back" of the ship.  She told waiting reporters: "I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for about 10 hours. These wonderful guys rescued me." Ms Longstaff said she was sitting at the back of the deck before the incident happened, adding: "I am very lucky to be alive".  Kay Longstaff climbs a ladder unaided after spending ten hours in the sea She is helped aboard the Croatian Coast Guard ship Cavtat  The moment Kay Longstaff is taken to safety by members of the Croatian Coast Guard  She is believed to have fallen into the Adriatic from the seventh deck of the 965ft cruise liner just before midnight on Saturday around 60 miles south of Pula.  The ship alerted the authorities who dispatched the Croatian Coast Guard patrol ship Cavtat and a PC-9 search plane to search for her throughout the night. Three other ships were also involved.  She was eventually found at around 9.30am on Sunday swimming less than a mile from where she disappeared. The rescue ship's captain Lovro Oreskovic said: "The British woman was exhausted when we pulled her out of the water. "We were extremely happy for saving a human life." Kay Longstaff, a British air hostess, was on holiday on a Greek island tour Credit: Twitter Mr Oreskovic said he was proud of his crew, particularly rescue swimmer Lieutenant Colonel Marina Delić who had pulled her from the water.  It is understood that Ms Longstaff has now been released from hospital and is due to be reunited with her family.  Ms Longstaff is believed to now live on the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain. Kay Longstaff is an air hostess believed to now work on private planes Credit: Facebook David Radas, a spokesman from Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, told The Telegraph: "After they found her the rescued woman was not injured, just exhausted, hypothermical and in shock.  "When they reached the coast she felt pretty much recovered. That was also confirmed the hospital staff after they conducted preliminary health check." He said that by checking CCTV rescuers knew the exact moment Ms Longstaff fell in the water. Mr Radas said: "Because they knew the time, they were able to know the exact position of the ship." Kay Longstaff is pictured with her rescuers from the Croatian Coast Guard A Norwegian Star spokeswoman said: "We are pleased to advise that the guest was found alive, is currently in stable condition, and has been taken ashore in Croatia for further treatment.  "We are very happy that the individual, who is a UK resident, is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family." An official at the hospital where she was taken confirmed: "The British woman was brought to the hospital and her life is not endangered." Staff at the cruise liner are said to be examining the CCTV cameras to try an establish exactly what happened to the woman.  British woman rescued from Adriatic Sea The Norwegian Star was sailing from Vargarola to Venice when the incident happened. The ship had been on a seven-night Greek Island tour which began in Venice and stopped in Kotor in Montenegro and several ports in Greece.  It returned to Venice around five hours late, with passengers waiting to board complaining of the delay.  The ship has recently been refurbished and boasts on board 15 restaurants, 10 bars, a spa and a casino.  It is understood that the Foreign Office has been informed of the incident.  The Norwegian Star cruise ship had recently been refurbished Credit: Danita Delimont/Alamy Experts say that more than 300 people have fallen overboard on cruises since 2000.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 12:03 pm

Angel mom slams media coverage of illegal immigrantsMary Ann Mendoza, whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant, says victims' stories are being silenced by the press to support their anti-ICE agenda.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 11:51 am

Families Separated Since Korean War Reunite In North KoreaFamilies divided during the Korean War tearfully reunited for the first time

Posted: August 20, 2018, 11:44 am

China and Russia are Building Lots of Ship-Killer Missiles. The Navy Has Plans to Counter Them.The Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II, or ESSM, is a new version of an existing Sea Sparrow weapons system currently protecting aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers, amphibious assault ships and other vessels against anti-ship missiles and other surface and airborne short-range threats to ships.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 11:31 am

Customers Rally After Yelp Reviewer Calls Cafe's Gay Pride Flag 'Disgusting'An anti-gay review on Yelp that called a restaurant in Dorchester,

Posted: August 20, 2018, 9:52 am

Elon Musk says he has 'no option' but to work so hard at Tesla that his personal life is ruinedElon Musk says he is unable to work proper hours, even if his habits are causing him serious damage in his personal life. The Tesla boss has been called on by people including Arianna Huffington, who said that he needed to adopt a healthier work-life balance. The comments came after Mr Musk conducted a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times in which he detailed the stress of running his company and the ways it was ruining his personal life.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 9:41 am

John Oliver Reassures Trump After Giuliani Flub: 'Don't Worry, Donald, Prison Isn't Prison'John Oliver had some mocking reassurance for President Donald Trump after Rudy

Posted: August 20, 2018, 9:03 am

Indonesian School Apologizes After Dressing Young Girls as Jihadists for a ParadeThe principal said they were trying to recycle old costumes, not foment radicalism

Posted: August 20, 2018, 8:19 am

Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalistTurkey has reversed its decision to ban a German journalist from leaving the country while she awaits trial on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization, the journalist said on her Twitter account on Monday. Mesale Tolu confirmed on her Twitter account German media reports that the travel ban Turkish authorities imposed since she was released from prison in December after eight months in detention had been suspended. "As a result of my lawyer's application, my ban on traveling abroad has been lifted," Tolu wrote on her Twitter account in Turkish.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 6:55 am

Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offerAfghanistan was waiting Monday for a Taliban response to President Ashraf Ghani's suggestion of a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after 17 years of war. Ghani unveiled the government’s latest gambit during an Independence Day address late Sunday, saying security forces would observe the truce beginning this week -- but only if the Taliban reciprocated. The move followed an extraordinarily violent week in Afghanistan that saw that Taliban storm the provincial capital of Ghazni -- just a two hour drive from Kabul -- and press the fight against security forces across the country, resulting in hundreds of deaths.

Posted: August 20, 2018, 5:09 am

Investigators Probing Michael Cohen For $20 Million In Bank Fraud: NYTInvestigators probing President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael

Posted: August 19, 2018, 11:30 pm

Ariana Grande Brought To Tears While Discussing Anxiety, Manchester BombingAriana Grande broke down in tears Friday during a radio interview that touched

Posted: August 19, 2018, 10:36 pm

Fox News' Judge Jeanine Pirro Tries To Sully Robert Mueller Over BenghaziSpecial prosecutor Robert Mueller is like a mob "cleaner" responsible for

Posted: August 19, 2018, 10:00 pm

US welcomes Afghanistan's latest ceasefire offer to TalibanThe announcement by President Ashraf Ghani followed a bloody week of fighting across Afghanistan which saw the Taliban launch a massive assault against the provincial capital Ghazni. It came after a brief, unprecedented ceasefire earlier in June. "The last ceasefire in Afghanistan revealed the deep desire of the Afghan people to end the conflict, and we hope another ceasefire will move the country closer to sustainable security," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 8:04 pm

U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faithMany churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church's cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for Saturday’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in York, Pennsylvania, where six priests who at one time worked in that parish are accused in the report of sexually abusing children. “I can't talk about it without crying," said Kathy Morris, a retired steelworker and a member of St. Patrick's for over 15 years.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 6:30 pm

Elon Musk Responds to Arianna Huffington’s Criticism of Tesla Work CultureThe dude needs a nap.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 5:24 pm

Genoa toll hits 43 as search for answers ramps upItaly is searching for answers on Sunday after paying its respects to the dozens killed by a collapsed bridge in Genoa, as the country's new government continues to battle the underfire motorway company that manages. "The bodies of the final three missing people were found overnight," Italy's fire service said on Twitter Sunday. The findings mean that all those reported missing after Tuesday's tragedy have now been accounted for, although rescuers are continuing to comb the wreckage.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 4:29 pm

Mick Mulvaney Suggests Military Parade Canceled For Reasons Besides MoneyWhite House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that cost wasn't the

Posted: August 19, 2018, 4:26 pm

Beautiful shots of diver swimming near sunken ships emergeA series of beautiful shots of divers swimming near sunken ships have emerged. Alex Voyer, 39, was sailing around the Caribbean on a 60-foot boat when he stopped for a dive. The images show  amazing shipwrecks as free divers explore the seabed. Alex, a photographer and free diver, said: “With my girlfriend, Marianne Aventurier, we are sailing all summer around the Caribbean to learn more about sailing.� (Caters News)

Posted: August 19, 2018, 3:29 pm

Rudy Giuliani Stuns NBC's Chuck Todd: 'Truth Isn't Truth'Rudy Giuliani on Sunday gave another eyebrow-raising TV interview, telling

Posted: August 19, 2018, 3:19 pm

New earthquake on Indonesian island Lombok triggers landslidesA strong earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, triggering landslides, damaging buildings and sending people fleeing just two weeks after a tremor killed more than 480 people there. The 6.3-magnitude quake, centred in East Lombok, struck at a relatively shallow depth of seven kilometres (four miles) and was felt across the island, officials said. It was the third major quake in less than a month to rock the island, after deadly tremors on July 29 and August 5 and numerous aftershocks. "The earthquake caused people to panic and flee their houses," national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Metro TV. "There have been no reports of death or (serious) damage but people are traumatised." At least one person suffered minor injuries while two more fainted from shock, he added. Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesia's Lombok, in pictures Landslides were reported in a national park on Mount Rinjani where hundreds of hikers had been briefly trapped after the quake in late July. The park has been closed since then. Local disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agung Pramuja said several houses and other structures in the district of Sembalun, on the slopes of Mount Rinjani, collapsed on Sunday after being damaged by the previous two quakes. The structures included checkpoints once used by trekkers climbing the mountain, Pramuja said, adding that the exact number of damaged buildings was still being checked. Residents said the latest earthquake was felt strongly in East Lombok. "I was driving to deliver aid to evacuees when suddenly the electricity pole was swaying. I realised it was an earthquake. "People started to scream and cry. They all ran to the street," East Lombok resident Agus Salim told AFP. The tremor was also felt in the island's capital Mataram and on the neighbouring resort island of Bali.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 3:13 pm

Trump officials sued over killer whales’ plummeting population crisisEnvironmental campaigners are suing the Trump administration for allegedly failing to protect the ocean habitat of a species of critically endangered killer whale. The Centre for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, arguing it has left the last remaining southern resident killer whales at risk. The population of the imperilled orca species off the US west coast is at its lowest in more than 30 years, numbering just 75.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 2:53 pm

Rush to bring aid to 2 million homeless as fears grow over spread of disease after floods in KeralaA deluge in India's flood-stricken southwestern state of Kerala finally let up on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, while authorities feared an outbreak of disease among over 200,000 people crammed into relief camps. Incessant rains since August 8 have caused the state's worst floods in a century, and at least 186 people have perished, many of them killed by landslides. The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are top destinations for domestic and international tourists, but far fewer visit during the monsoon season. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall only at one or two places of Kerala on Sunday and withdrew a red alert in several districts. Flood waters too began to recede from several places. Using boats and helicopters, India's military has led rescue efforts to reach people in communities cut off for days by the floods, with many trapped on roof tops and the upper floors of their homes, and in desperate need of food and potable water. Rescue teams were focused on the town of Chengannur on the banks of the Pamba River, where some 5,000 people are feared to be trapped, officials said. Volunteers reach out to stranded people with food supplies in a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala Credit: Aijaz Rahi/ AP More than 200,000 families have taken refuge at relief camps set up across the state, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management office said. Kerala's chief minister had earlier said over 200,000 people had taken shelter in camps since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, nearly 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps, where an estimated two million people have taken shelter since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Kerala, which usually receives high rainfall, has seen over 250 percent more rain than normal between August 8 and August 15, causing the state authorities to release water from 35 dangerously full dams, sending a surge into its main river. As the rain abated on Sunday morning, one resident in Cheranelloor, a suburb of Kochi situated on the banks of the Periyar river, visited his home to see when he and his family could return. "The entire house is covered with mud. It will take days to clean to make it liveable. All our household articles, including the TV and fridge have been destroyed," 60-year-old T P Johnny told Reuters. Kochi's airport is closed due to waterlogging, and Jet Airways has arranged additional flights from Thiruvananthapuram for passengers holding confirmed tickets from Kochi.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 2:34 pm

Trump: Mueller’s Russia probe makes ‘Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!’President Trump claimed that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Moscow’s interference with the 2016 U.S. elections is more extreme than Sen. Joseph McCarthy's hunt for Communists in the U.S. government in the 1950s.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 2:32 pm

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimageMECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 1:30 pm

Man killed on Long Island is New York's first lightning death since 2016A man was struck and killed by lightning in Kings Park on Long Island, New York, on Saturday evening.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 12:23 pm

China nabs 26 suspected tomb robbers, recovers valuable relicsChina has arrested 26 suspects and retrieved almost 650 cultural relics stolen from an ancient burial site in northwestern Qinghai province, the Ministry of Public Security said on Sunday. China's official Xinhua news agency said experts believe many of the items recovered are of "tremendous historical value" as they show cultural interactions between the East and the West during the early days of the Tang Dynasty, which lasted from 619-907 A.D. The suspects are said to have illegally excavated items from the Dulan tombs, which lie along the ancient Silk Road, and subsequently arranged their sale. A police official speaking on China's state-run CCTV on Sunday said the criminals, two of whom were on the police's "most wanted" list, were asking for as much as 80 million yuan ($11.6 million) for their loot.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 9:01 am

Father, son drive through flames to escape forest fireJustin Bilton and his 70-year-old father barely escaped as the Howe Ridge Fire closed in on them in West Glacier, Montana.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 8:55 am

Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister's weddingRussian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West's stance against Moscow. Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream "dirndl" dress and talking to Putin as they danced in a vineyard in southern Styria province, the venue of her wedding to entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger. Putin - who made a toast in German at the wedding, according to the Kremlin - was pictured listening to her intently.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 6:58 am

Government to investigate fresh claims of plundering of Second World War shipwrecks in AsiaAn investigation is being launched into claims that up to 10 British Second World War wrecks in Asia have been plundered for scrap metal. Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said he was "very concerned" to hear fresh allegations that remains of four ships lying off the Malaysian and Indonesian coasts have been looted. It comes after six wrecks, including Royal Navy battleships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, were feared to have been damaged or destroyed by scavengers. Altogether the wrecks are thought to be the final resting place for hundreds of Royal Navy sailors and civilians. Remains of the British and Dutch sailors were reportedly dumped by the metal merchants in an Indonesian cemetery.  Mr Williams said the Government "absolutely condemns" the unauthorised disturbance of any wreck containing human remains. "I am very concerned to hear any allegations of incidents of Royal Navy wrecks being plundered in the Far East," he said. "We will work closely with the Indonesian and Malaysian governments to investigate these claims." Family members pay their respects to the 915 Dutch soldiers killed in the battle of the Java Sea at the Dutch war cemetery Ereveld in Surabay Credit: AFP The wrecks of HMS Tien Kwang, HMS Kuala, HMS Banka and SS Loch Ranza had recently been targeted by thieves for their metal, the Mail on Sunday reported. HMS Tien Kwang, a submarine chaser, and HMS Kuala, an auxiliary patrol vessel, were carrying hundreds of evacuees when they were attacked by Japanese bombers near the Indonesian Riau Islands on February 1942. Earlier that month the SS Loch Ranza, a cargo ship, had been set on fire in a Japanese air raid off the Riau Islands and exploded, killing seven men. It came after HMS Banka, a minesweeper, sank after hitting a mine off the coast of Malaysia in December 1941, killing its crew of four British officers and 34 Malay sailors. Chinese-owned barges fitted with cranes have been carrying out the illegal operations, the newspaper reported. Relatives of sailors expressed horror earlier this year at reports that their bodies may have been dumped in an unmarked mass grave in Indonesia. “They have no respect for anyone�, Shirley McGowan, whose grand-father was killed in the sinking of HMS Repulse, told The Telegraph in February. “For them, it is only about the dollars. “These ships are war graves and they should be treated as such�, she added. Looters are said to favour targeting the Second World War-era wrecks because of the ship steel's properties. Built before the advent of atomic weapons, the metal has absorbed little background radiation, making the material suitable for sensitive instruments. Royal Navy battleships HMS Prince of Wales, where Churchill and Roosevelt signed the Atlantic Charter, and HMS Repulse both sank off the Malaysian coast, on December 10 1941. In 2014, the ships, the last resting places of more than 830 Royal Navy sailors, were found to have been damaged by scavengers. Two years ago, the MoD was accused of failing to protect historic wartime wrecks after it was disclosed three British warships, the HMS Exeter, HMS Encounter and HMS Electra, been broken up and removed by illegal scrap metal scavengers.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 6:00 am

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