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Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interference

Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interferenceDan Fried, the former State Department diplomat who oversaw sanctions policy, told the "Skullduggery" podcast that he was “extremely” frustrated when the Obama administration issued “weak” and “frankly inadequate” sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.



04/20/2018 - 08:29 AM

 

Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'

Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'Actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of accepting a prestigious award in



04/20/2018 - 06:49 AM

 

Legalization of recreational marijuana gaining support on 4/20

Legalization of recreational marijuana gaining support on 4/20Recreational marijuana is already legal in nine states and now Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he is planning to introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.



04/20/2018 - 11:52 AM

 

Students protest gun violence nationwide on Columbine anniversary

Students protest gun violence nationwide on Columbine anniversaryThousands of students walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School with a show of unity aimed at pressuring politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions.



04/20/2018 - 11:29 AM

 

At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security Changes

At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security ChangesFour young protesters and a police officer were killed in increasingly violent



04/20/2018 - 11:17 PM

 

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing MyanmarBIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.



04/20/2018 - 09:45 PM

 

Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation 

Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation. Eight-year-old St Bernard Maisy was taken for a CT scan after she was taken ill, which showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, seemingly showing she had not digested her food properly. Her owner, Jane Dickinson, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, feared the worst as she took her pet to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield. It would not be unusual for Maisy, an elderly dog, to have cancer at her advanced age. However, vet surgeon Nick Blackburn ruled out any fatal disease when he carried out the operation to remove Maisy’s spleen and found her stomach was full of soft toys. Maisy is now reportedly 'loving life' Credit:  Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com He said : "It's fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn't but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat. "I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a St Bernard, so we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons.” Her owner said she had never seen the gentle giant chewing or eating toys, but that now the operation has been completed Maisy is “loving life”. An x-ray showing the teddy bears within the stomach. Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com Ms Dickinson explained: "When Maisy went in I did think 'is she coming out?' but she is loving life now - it's like she's got her youth back. "The toys weren't even hers! She will steal the chihuahuas' toys and play with them but I've never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal. "I didn't even recognise one of the toys - my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog." Maisy has since made a full recovery from her operation and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer.



04/20/2018 - 10:17 AM

 

Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 Checks

Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 ChecksAt least some passengers aboard a deadly Southwest Airlines flight have



04/20/2018 - 08:30 AM

 

Video shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shooting

Video shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shootingDiante Yarber was driving the Ford Mustang when Barstow police officers shot in the vehicle and killed him.



04/21/2018 - 03:42 PM

 

Ted Cruz Mocked For His Fawning Time Magazine Tribute To Donald Trump

Ted Cruz Mocked For His Fawning Time Magazine Tribute To Donald TrumpThere used to be no love lost between President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz



04/20/2018 - 04:17 AM

 

Wartorn South Sudan's army chief dies

Wartorn South Sudan's army chief diesBy Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's army chief died on Friday, the government said, in a development that further complicates the running of President Salva Kiir's administration amid a four-year-old civil war. General James Ajongo died in Cairo after a short illness at the age of 64. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the untimely death of Gen. James Ajongo Mawut, SPLA army's chief of defence force," government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth said.



04/20/2018 - 08:22 AM

 

Brooklyn Postal Worker Hoards 17,000 Pieces of Mail to Focus on 'Important' Deliveries

Brooklyn Postal Worker Hoards 17,000 Pieces of Mail to Focus on 'Important' DeliveriesHe now faces federal charges



04/20/2018 - 08:12 AM

 

Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen.

Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen.The most likely scenario is that the F-22/F-35 hybrid will remain in the realm of fantasy. Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin is pitching an F-22 and F-35 combination to Japan to meet Tokyo’s requirement for a next-generation air superiority fighter.



04/20/2018 - 08:09 PM

 

These Are The Students Walking Out Of School To Protest Gun Violence

These Are The Students Walking Out Of School To Protest Gun ViolenceStudents around the country walked out of class on Friday to bring attention



04/20/2018 - 01:14 PM

 

Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer

Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayerMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer.



04/20/2018 - 04:40 PM

 

Romanian president slams plan to move Israel embassy

Romanian president slams plan to move Israel embassyA row erupted Friday between Romania's government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The foreign ministry announced that "a process of analysis and evaluation with the aim of transferring the embassy has been launched". Prime Minister Viorica Dancila of the left-wing Social Democratic Party confirmed Friday the government had adopted a memorandum on moving the embassy but added that other steps needed to be taken before a final decision.



04/20/2018 - 12:32 PM

 

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest



04/20/2018 - 11:09 AM

 

Smallville actress Allison Mack arrested in New York sex trafficking case

Smallville actress Allison Mack arrested in New York sex trafficking caseAn actress who starred in the US television series Smallville has been arrested on charges of sex trafficking. Allison Mack, 35, was accused of recruiting sex slaves for a self-help guru and helping to brand them with his initials. Mack featured in Smallville, a show about Clark Kent's childhood in Kansas before he becomes known as Superman, which ran from 2001 to 2011. The actress played Chloe Sullivan, one of the main character's best friends  She later became involved with a group called Nxivm - pronounced Nexium - which was promoted as a mentorship organisation for women with courses costing up to $5,000. The leader of the group was Keith Raniere, 57, who called himself "Vanguard" and presented himself as a guru to the stars. Prosecutors alleged that Mack was a "slave" of Raniere and recruited other female "slaves" for him, at times holding them down while a symbol bearing his initials was burned into the victims with a cauterising pen. At a brief hearing in a New York court Mack pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking. Actress Allison Mack attends the WB Network's 2002 Summer Party at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on July 13, 2002 Credit:  Robert Mora/Getty Richard Donoghue, the prosecutor, said in a statement that Raniere had, over two decades, established Nxivm in Albany, New York and it had centres in the US, Mexico, Canada and South America. He said it was a pyramid scheme in which participants were encouraged to recruit others in order to rise in the system. Within Nxivm there was a secret society called "DOS" which was an acronym for a Latin phrase, loosely translating as "'Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions". It was also known as "The Vow". Those who were part of The Vow were referred to as "'slaves" and "masters".   Keith Raniere was arrested in March Credit: Youtube Mr Donoghue said: "Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. Other than Raniere, all members were women. Mack is one of the women in the first level of the pyramid. "The victims were exploited, both sexually and for their labour, to the defendants' benefit." He said up to 50 women were recruited and forced to have sex with Raniere. They were placed on extreme diets and subjected to "readiness drills" in the middle of the night, which meant they were "seriously sleep-deprived:. On joining the secret society they had to provide "collateral" like naked photographs which could be sued used against them if they left, prosecutors said. Assistant US Attorney Moira Kim told the New York court: “Ms Mack was one of the top members of a highly organised scheme which was designed to provide sex to Raniere. "Under the guise of female empowerment she starved women until they fit her co-defendant's sexual ideal, and she targeted vulnerable women." Mack was due to appear in court again on Monday in another attempt to get bail. Nxivm has denied being a cult, and described itself on its website as being guided by "humanitarian principles that seek to empower people and answer important questions about what it means to be human". It attracted some high profile followers and during Mack's court hearing it was revealed she recently married a former Battlestar Galactica actress, the New York Post reported. Sean Buckley, a lawyer for Mack, said: "The allegations contained in the indictment are only that, allegations." Raniere was arrested last month in Mexico and charged with sex trafficking. He is being held without bail. Raniere, on the group's website, has denied "abusing, coercing or harming" anyone. Marc Agnifilo, a lawyer for Raniere, has said he is "confident" the allegations will be disproved.



04/20/2018 - 05:42 PM

 

Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC

Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPECSaudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices. Faleh's statement at a meeting of oil producers in Saudi Arabia came as crude hit the highest level in more than three years. "Looks like OPEC is at it again," Trump tweeted.



04/20/2018 - 09:13 AM

 

Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyer

Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyerBy Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent emails to then-Director James Comey alerting him he planned to push back against negative news coverage related to his oversight of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a lawyer for McCabe said on Friday. In an interview with reporters, Michael Bromwich said the emails could help clear McCabe of allegations by the Justice Department's internal watchdog that McCabe "lacked candor" with Comey by misleading him into thinking McCabe did not authorize disclosures to a newspaper to combat articles about his wife's political campaign and his role in overseeing an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.



04/20/2018 - 12:04 PM

 

2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath Ceremony

2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath CeremonyA colonel and a master sergeant were disciplined for using a hand puppet during a re-enlistment ceremony.



04/20/2018 - 03:36 PM

 

10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring Sale

10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring SaleIt's probably the only time of the year when spending too much money on beauty



04/20/2018 - 05:23 PM

 

‘I’ve never seen protests like this’: Former Columbine principal says Parkland students are leading an unprecedented gun control effort

‘I’ve never seen protests like this’: Former Columbine principal says Parkland students are leading an unprecedented gun control effortNineteen years after two teenage gunmen shocked the US by entering Columbine High School and killing 13 people, the former principal who helped guide his students through the aftermath of that massacre says he sees signs of hope that something might have finally, if improbably, shifted.



04/20/2018 - 09:56 AM

 

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth headLONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king. On Friday the 69-year-old heir to the British throne got another position to wait for — he was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth made up of the U.K. and the countries that once were its colonies.



04/20/2018 - 05:55 PM

 

US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'

US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others.



04/20/2018 - 02:24 PM

 

The Best Cookie Recipes To Bake This Weekend

The Best Cookie Recipes To Bake This WeekendBaking for others is a delicious form of altruism that's been proven to boost



04/20/2018 - 05:46 AM

 

White nationalists rally in Newnan, Ga.

White nationalists rally in Newnan, Ga.The National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., held a rally on April 21, 2018, in Newnan, Ga. Community members have opposed the rally and came out to embrace racial unity in the small Georgia town. Fearing a repeat of the violence that broke out after the Charlottesville, Va., demonstrations,  hundreds of police officers were stationed in the town during the rally in an attempt to keep the anti-racist protesters and neo-Nazi groups separated.



04/21/2018 - 07:02 PM

 

U.S. woman gets life sentence for Canada mall shooting plot

U.S. woman gets life sentence for Canada mall shooting plotA U.S. woman has been sentenced to life in a Canadian prison for her role in an aborted Valentine's Day mass shooting at a shopping mall in 2015, local media reported on Friday. Lindsay Souvannarath, 26, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder. A Canadian man also accused in the plot, Randall Shepard, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016.



04/20/2018 - 12:00 PM

 

Embattled Missouri Gov. Charged with Felony Computer Tampering

Embattled Missouri Gov. Charged with Felony Computer TamperingMissouri Governor Eric Greitens is facing a charge in connection to his alleged use of a donor list from his charity during the 2016 gubernatorial campaign.



04/21/2018 - 09:53 AM

 

Brick-throwing China zoo-goers kill kangaroo, injure another

Brick-throwing China zoo-goers kill kangaroo, injure anotherVisitors to a zoo in southeastern China killed one kangaroo and injured another by throwing bricks at them in an attempt to get a reaction from the big marsupials, state media reported. A 12-year-old female kangaroo suffered a severely injured foot when it was struck by bricks and concrete chunks on February 28 at the Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian province, China Central Television reported. The report included pictures of the first kangaroo's smashed and nearly severed foot, and of the animal receiving treatment via intravenous drip before it died.



04/20/2018 - 02:11 AM

 

J. K. Rowling Mocks Donald Trump With Magical 'Harry Potter' Taunt

J. K. Rowling Mocks Donald Trump With Magical 'Harry Potter' TauntJ. K. Rowling cast a spell over Twitter with her latest diss of Donald Trump.



04/21/2018 - 03:50 AM

 

Man Chases Cyclist He Says Stole Neighbor's Package: 'I Got You!'

Man Chases Cyclist He Says Stole Neighbor's Package: 'I Got You!'He followed the suspected porch pirate as she rode away on her bike.



04/20/2018 - 03:25 PM

 

Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's home

Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's homeALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Protesters are targeting the northern Virginia home of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist and say the protests will continue.



04/21/2018 - 09:05 AM

 

Russia: U.S. strikes remove moral hurdles for S-300 missiles for Assad - RIA

Russia: U.S. strikes remove moral hurdles for S-300 missiles for Assad - RIAU.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state news agency. Lavrov was also quoted as saying that, prior to the U.S. strikes on Syrian targets, Russia had told U.S. officials which areas of Syria represented "red lines" for Moscow, and the U.S. military action did not cross those lines.



04/20/2018 - 03:52 AM

 

Kushner Companies Has Been Subpoenaed as Part of a Probe Into False Housing Paperwork

Kushner Companies Has Been Subpoenaed as Part of a Probe Into False Housing PaperworkAP reported the company routinely filed false paperwork about its buildings with New York City



04/19/2018 - 11:56 PM

 

Chinese military 'challenged Australian warships in the South China Sea'

Chinese military 'challenged Australian warships in the South China Sea'Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister, asserted his country's rights to conduct patrols in the South China Sea after reports of a confrontation with China amid rising tensions in the disputed waters. China's navy was said to have been involved in a "robust" but polite confrontation with three Australian warships in the strategically important sea, according to Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC). The broadcaster, which first reported the incident, said it was "believed to have occurred earlier this month as China was conducting its largest ever naval exercises". Mr Turnbull, who is in London on a visit, did not comment on the specific confrontation, which is said to have taken place off the coast of Vietnam. But when prompted by reporters, he said: "We maintain and practice the right of freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the world and, in this context, we're talking about naval vessels on the world's oceans, including the South China Sea, as is our perfect right in accordance with international law." Australian defence officials did not confirm the confrontation took place, but said three warships had arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. They are making a three-day goodwill visit to Vietnam. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during China's drills last week  Credit: Xinhua/Reuters On the same day, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over huge exercises in the South China Sea in an unmistakable show of force to Beijing's regional rivals. The drills involved 48 ships, among them China's sole operating aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, along with 76 helicopters, fighter jets and bombers, and more than 10,000 personnel. ABC said the HMAS Anzac, HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success were challenged by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. China claims almost all of the South China Sea, where more than $5 trillion (£3.8 trillion) of trade passes every year.  Much of the sea is also claimed by several south-east Asian nations, including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Success prepares to dock at Saigon port in Ho Chi Minh City last week. Credit: Van Khoa/Thanh Nien News Observers say China is developing its military capabilities by fortifying and building infrastructure on what were previously reefs and partially-submerged islets. The US Navy has been confronting China in the region with 'freedom of navigation' exercises. It sent the aircraft carriers Theodore Roosevelt and Carl Vinson through the South China Sea in recent months, angering Beijing. Washington has also called on Australia to carry out similar patrols.



04/20/2018 - 07:23 AM

 

Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouse

Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouseLOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who randomly stabbed a patron in a crowded Southern California restaurant to death as he was holding his daughter was reported just a few hours earlier for disruptive behavior, but police ultimately determined he was not a threat, authorities said Saturday.



04/21/2018 - 07:22 PM

 

A-Rod's Alleged Nephew Kidnapped Over Lamborghini Sale Gone Wrong

A-Rod's Alleged Nephew Kidnapped Over Lamborghini Sale Gone WrongDon't go around claiming to be a celebrity's relative.



04/20/2018 - 07:46 PM

 

Tens of thousands of Hungarians rally in new anti-Orban protest

Tens of thousands of Hungarians rally in new anti-Orban protestTens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets in Budapest for a second consecutive Saturday to protest against newly reelected Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Campaigning hard against immigration, the 54-year-old Orban's overwhelming victory April 8 saw his Fidesz party secure around half the vote. As part of sweeping reforms since he came into power in 2010, Orban has turned the public media channels into what his critics call "government mouthpieces".



04/21/2018 - 04:39 PM

 

Jimmy Kimmel May Have Just Pulled Off His Greatest Prank Ever

Jimmy Kimmel May Have Just Pulled Off His Greatest Prank EverJimmy Kimmel is known for his elaborate pranks, with no one ― not even



04/20/2018 - 04:32 AM

 

Sean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't News

Sean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't NewsEarlier this week, Fox News declared its "full support" for Sean Hannity after



04/21/2018 - 08:00 AM

 

Ford licenses Classic Mustangs for production

Ford licenses Classic Mustangs for productionIf you fancy owning a mint condition 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969-1970 Mustang Boss 429, or a 1969-1970 Mustang Mach 1, you'd better prepare yourself for a long and laborious search and some pretty eye-watering asking prices. Classic Restorations is a company from Oklahoma in the United States that has a somewhat tainted history to be honest, but over the last few years it's been building some very impressive Shelby Mustangs with modern underpinnings under the body. Now the company is expanding its horizons and the new licensed trio of classic Mustangs will become available from them from later this year.



04/20/2018 - 06:27 AM

 

The Best-Looking Factory Exhausts Ever Made

The Best-Looking Factory Exhausts Ever Made



04/20/2018 - 11:00 AM

 

EPA staff see hurdles in Pruitt science revamp, internal emails show

EPA staff see hurdles in Pruitt science revamp, internal emails showBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are concerned that companies may be required to publicly disclose confidential data used in crafting government regulations, under an initiative by the agency's chief to eliminate "secret science," internal emails showed. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is spearheading a push to relax or undo Obama-era environmental rules, said in March he would no longer allow the agency to use studies with nonpublic scientific data to develop rules on public health and pollution. Pruitt had instructed staff to complete the guidelines by the end of February, according to the emails obtained by scientific advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists and shared with Reuters.



04/20/2018 - 05:58 PM

 

AP PHOTOS: Prince Charles' life as a man and future monarch

AP PHOTOS: Prince Charles' life as a man and future monarchLONDON (AP) — It may not be his crowning achievement yet, but Prince Charles received recognition for his future role as Britain's king when leaders of the 53-nation Commonwealth confirmed Friday that Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son would succeed her as the group's chief.



04/20/2018 - 05:38 PM

 

College Station welcomes former first lady Barbara Bush home one final time

College Station welcomes former first lady Barbara Bush home one final timeAfter making the two-hour drive from Houston, former First Lady Barbara Bush made it home to Aggie Land.



04/21/2018 - 09:37 PM

 

Man jailed for 50 years for stealing $1.2m-worth of fajitas

Man jailed for 50 years for stealing $1.2m-worth of fajitasA former youth offenders’ centre employee in Texas has been convicted of stealing more than $1.2m (£860,000) worth of fajitas. Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was jailed for 50 years after authorities discovered he was ordering the Mexican food to the Darrel B Hester Juvenile Detention Centre in Cameron County and selling it on for personal profit. Suspicions were raised after a driver from a food company called the centre’s kitchen to tell them an 800-pound (363kg) delivery of fajitas had arrived.



04/21/2018 - 06:15 PM

 

'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in Syria

'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in SyriaA Syrian-German jihadist linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been captured in Syria by US-backed forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Mohammad Haydar Zammar, who has been accused of recruiting some of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijackers, was captured over a month ago by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia backed by the US. News of his capture was first reported on Wednesday by the Kurdish group. The Pentagon had said it was looking into the reports before confirming Zammar’s arrest. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an alternate name for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "We are working with our SDF partners to obtain additional details," Pahon said. The 9/11 Commission report into the attacks in Washington and New York that led to the deaths of almost 3,000 people described Zammar as an “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who “had fought in Afghanistan and relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad.” According to the report, Zammar took credit for influencing people linked to the attacks including Mohammed Atta, who hijacked an American Airlines plane and flew it into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Zammar had come into contact with Atta and others linked to the attacks while living in Hamburg, in 1997, the report says. Seven foiled UK terror plots Zammar was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian authorities two weeks later. He was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. He was reportedly freed from prison in 2014 in a prison swap organised with Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham. The SDF, which has been a key western ally in the fight against Isil, has detained several high-profile foreign members of Isil as the jihadist group’s grip on Syria has collapsed. They are currently holding two alleged members of the notorious Isil torture cell known as ‘the Beatles.’ El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexandra Kotey were captured by the group in February. The two are accused of being involved in the execution and torture of hostages. US officials believe there are hundreds of foreign fighters and thousands of Syrian Isil militants in SDF custody.



04/20/2018 - 11:59 AM

 

U.S. said to investigate AT&T, Verizon over wireless collusion claim - source

U.S. said to investigate AT&T, Verizon over wireless collusion claim - sourceThe U.S. has opened a probe into alleged coordination by AT&T Inc , Verizon Communications and a telecommunications standards organisation to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday. Verizon and AT&T acknowledged the government probe and said they were working with regulators. Verizon called it "much ado about nothing," adding that it has been working with the Justice Department for several months "regarding the inquiry," according to spokesman Rich Young.



04/20/2018 - 06:54 PM

 

Syria strikes also sent message to N.Korea: Japan DefMin

Syria strikes also sent message to N.Korea: Japan DefMinThe US-led air strikes against the Syrian regime also sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of talks with President Donald Trump, Japan's defense minister said Friday. Observers have suggested the strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could strengthen Trump's hand in talks, as they showed Kim that the West has the political will to back up its rhetoric -- as well as the capability for precise strikes launched from afar.



04/20/2018 - 03:57 PM

 

 

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