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Siena Poll: Clinton Holds Firm Lead Over Trump in New York State Siena Poll: Clinton Holds Firm Lead Over Trump in New York State
- September 24, 2016

Likely voters reported dismay specifically over Trump's temperament at a 33 percent rate; 27 percent say that his comments about women, immigrants and Muslims worry them the most. During the 2012 presidential election, he was investigated by the Secret Service for a threat against Obama. "His campaign's detours have put him on weaker ground overall". (more...)
Video shows woman shooting at robbers during home invasion Video shows woman shooting at robbers during home invasion
- September 24, 2016

It is not clear if the other two men were injured. The incident occurred at around 4am on Friday morning with cops saying the thieves were after money. They scramble quickly out of the home, with one suspect literally breaking through a glass door to escape. "I don't know how they (came) in..." At least one of the other men began exchanging gunfire with the homeowner as they ran away. (more...)
Gabon braces for court's ruling on disputed election
- September 24, 2016

But rival Jean Ping, a career diplomat and former chairman of the African Union Commission, filed a legal challenge and demanded a recount, saying that the vote was fraudulent. A European Union elections observer mission stated it had uncovered anomalies in the province's results. Officers in riot gear had begun fanning out through the city on Thursday, and by Friday morning, long queues could be seen outside banks and cash machines. (more...)
Erdogan blames U.S. for arming its enemies in Turkey Erdogan blames U.S. for arming its enemies in Turkey
- September 24, 2016

Previously, the U.S. has insisted that any military equipment provided to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the past has gone only to Arab fighters. Erdogan added that he had raised the issue of the alleged weapons delivery in talks with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden but said Biden insisted he had no information. (more...)
Rep. McCaul: Need to Look at Federal Bureau of Investigation '14 Probe Into Bombing Suspect Rep. McCaul: Need to Look at Federal Bureau of Investigation '14 Probe Into Bombing Suspect
- September 23, 2016

But a grand jury declined to indict him, despite a warning from the arresting officer that Rahami was likely "a danger to himself or others". During the inquiry, the father backed away from talk of terrorism and told investigators that he simply meant his son was hanging out with the wrong crowd, including gang members, and acting like a thug, the officials said. (more...)
Obama hopes there will be progress on Mosul by year-end
- September 23, 2016

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi would like more help from New Zealand. "These operations pave the way for cleansing every inch of Iraqi land and God willing its end will be the liberation of Mosul city, . Washington considers the Iraqi government's handling of the displacement to be a test case for reconciliation in Iraq, given the blend of sectarian groups with an interest in the northern city's future. (more...)
Obama, Iraqi leader to strategize on fight to reclaim Mosul Obama, Iraqi leader to strategize on fight to reclaim Mosul
- September 23, 2016

In neighboring Syria, the chaotic civil war continues to plague efforts to defeat IS extremists, but in Iraq, cooperation with Abadi's forces has helped the USA -led coalition wrest back half the territory that IS once held, according to the U.S. (more...)
South Sudan leader denies getting rich off civil war
- September 23, 2016

South Sudan is witnessing one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters as the "number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in neighboring countries has this week passed the one million mark", the United Nations refugee agency said in a statement on Friday. (more...)
US flies bombers over South Korea again in show of force
- September 23, 2016

The US on Wednesday sent two armed strategic bombers to South Korea in a move to warn against additional North Korean provocations, Seoul's Yonhap News Agency reported. Such flyovers are common when animosity rises on the Korean Peninsula, which is technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. (more...)
Oops: US accidentally strikes Syrian positions Oops: US accidentally strikes Syrian positions
- September 23, 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry, when asked if the truce was holding, said: "It was quite good last night, trucks are moving, let's see how it goes today". "And I think it's, as I said yesterday, time to end the grandstanding and time to do the real work of delivering on the humanitarian goods". Even before Monday's declaration by Syria that the ceasefire was over, and before the attack on the aid convoy, flare-ups of violence were marring its progress. (more...)
China lifts ban on USA beef imports China lifts ban on USA beef imports
- September 23, 2016

Following the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in December 2003, US beef and beef product exports fell. Total beef imports past year were worth a record $2.3 billion. China's imports reached a record $2.3 billion in 2015, according to the USDA. "The United States produces the highest-quality beef in the world, and China's 1.3 billion consumers are an important market for USA producers". (more...)
Kerry: Syria truce 'holding but fragile' despite violence Kerry: Syria truce 'holding but fragile' despite violence
- September 22, 2016

The Assad regime has systematically denied humanitarian efforts to reach the city of Aleppo, and refused to issue permits to United Nations convoys. The Syrian military also declared the ceasefire over on Monday. An emergency UN Security Council meeting called by Moscow to discuss the attack saw an exchange between the United States and Russian Federation reminiscent of Cold War-era verbal jousting. (more...)
Obama: America is committed to Israel's security
- September 21, 2016

The more aid it got, the more radical Israel has become. The United States and Israel formally signed the new $38 billion 10-year "memorandum of understanding" (MOU), in what the State Department called the "single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. (more...)
Tim Farron in Lib Dem pitch to pro-Europe Labour supporters Tim Farron in Lib Dem pitch to pro-Europe Labour supporters
- September 21, 2016

I think that everybody is utterly equal. 'And I'm angry at the calculating forces of darkness who care nothing for the working people of this country, nothing for our NHS, nothing for those who struggle to get by, and who exploited that anger to win an exit from Europe that will hurt the poorest the hardest'. (more...)
More than a million refugees have left South Sudan, UN says
- September 21, 2016

South Sudan plunged into civil war in 2013, leaving tens of thousands dead in fighting that occurred largely between ethnic groups aligned with Kiir and Machar. But Russian Deputy Ambassador Petr Iliichev said Moscow does not support a ban on arms sales to South Sudan , arguing that it would not help advance peace efforts. (more...)
J&K terrorist attack : Rajnath reviews situation in Uri sector & along LOC
- September 21, 2016

But he said a soldier had been killed in the gun battle in Nowgam. The army reportedly killed around eight terrorists attempting to infiltrate along Uri's Lachipura and Mahiyan areas near the Line of Control (LoC) under cover of firing by Pakistan troops. (more...)
Florida attorney general defends accepting Trump donation Florida attorney general defends accepting Trump donation
- September 21, 2016

Last week, a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for a similar investigation into Bondi. "Donald Trump did not get a pass", she said, according to Politico. Bondi has said her office did not drop an investigation into Trump's fake university. The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee has lunged out at the controversy and used it as evidence Trump is guilty of "pay-to-play", a system in which favors are exchanged for financial contributions or proximity to political ... (more...)
Former House speaker joins Washington law and lobbying firm Former House speaker joins Washington law and lobbying firm
- September 21, 2016

The firm has ties to Boehner's native OH, with its headquarters in Cleveland. He will be joining Squire Patton Boggs's public-policy practice as a strategic adviser and work on global business development, the firm said Tuesday. This is actually the second new job Boehner has landed in the past week. "Typically, the average salary for a former senator will start at about $1 million at a K Street law firm". (more...)
Brownback remains the most unpopular governor, poll finds
- September 21, 2016

Maine's controversial governor - is at 39 percent approve, 58 percent disapprove. Persistent revenue shortfalls, a series of spending cuts to balance the budget and stagnation in job growth have resulted, making the plan unlikely to live up to Brownback's pledge to generate 100,000 jobs by 2019. (more...)
Syria truce hangs in the balance amid attacks, lack of aid
- September 21, 2016

Jan Egeland, humanitarian aid coordinator in the office of the United Nations envoy for Syria, told The Associated Press in a text message that the convoy was "bombarded". By Monday, both the Syrian government and prominent opposition activists were speaking of the truce as if it had already failed. The move comes seven days after a fragile ceasefire came into effect in Syria , but tensions between its main architects - Moscow and Washington - are obscuring any prospect of a more ... (more...)
Premier gets down to business , meets executives in NY Premier gets down to business , meets executives in NY
- September 21, 2016

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made the pledge at the first-ever United Nations summit on refugees and migrants, called to agree on an worldwide response to the displacement crisis. During his four day stay, he will be outlining China's stance on major issues such as worldwide peace and order, global governance, peace, development and other critical issues when the UN General Assembly does its general debate. (more...)
Dortmund notches another big win, beats Wolfsburg 5-1 Dortmund notches another big win, beats Wolfsburg 5-1
- September 21, 2016

And Guerreiro then turned provider for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who showcased his clinical finishing skills to claim his first of the night in the 16th minute. "The upcoming matches will give us a better idea of how competitive we are", said Tuchel. The hosts continued to pose a threat and somehow failed to reduce the arrears in the 50th minute, Julian Draxler denied by Burki at point-blank range before Gomez stabbed the rebound against the post from less than a yard. (more...)
Suspect in U.S. bombings charged with trying to murder police officer Suspect in U.S. bombings charged with trying to murder police officer
- September 20, 2016

The owner of a bar in Linden, New Jersey, called police after spotting him sleeping in his hallway, according to the mayor of the town, Derek Armstead. Five people have also been questioned in relation to the NY blast. The FBI identified the pressure cookers' contents as pieces of metal mixed with ball bearing and BBs. (more...)
The questions that may be answered during 'Bridgegate' trial
- September 20, 2016

In a legal filing by Attorney General Christopher Porrino, the Christie administration is asking the court to freeze state aid to the former Abbott districts until a new funding system is put in place. The bridge, one of the busiest in the world, links Fort Lee and New York City. The defense is likely to make sure of that as it seeks to spread blame into the upper reaches of Christie's administration. (more...)
France bans plastic cups, dishes France bans plastic cups, dishes
- September 20, 2016

Now in France, cutlery and crockery are currently being banned as a way to aid in the global effort to fight climate change. The country is report- edly the first to target plastic dishware. It could lead people to think it is fine to leave packaging behind in the countryside after use because it is bio-degradable, Pack2go General Secretary Eamonn Bates told The Associated Press . (more...)
Kerry holds out hope for Syria truce despite violations
- September 20, 2016

The Red Cross says the bombing killed more than 10 people. But Russia said 62 Syrian soldiers were also killed in the attack, which President Assad described as the "latest example of flagrant American aggression against Syrian army positions in the interests of the [Islamic State]". (more...)
Jimmy Fallon responds to criticism of Donald Trump interview Jimmy Fallon responds to criticism of Donald Trump interview
- September 20, 2016

One of the items: A picture of Putin in a red-heart shaped frame. "It's especially tricky for women, " Clinton said. "I'm not one of those "gotcha" people.Have you seen my show?" "But, but Justin's worthy of your attention", Clinton said. (more...)
Saudi Mufti: Iran leaders not Muslim, Iran decries Saudi "extremism"
- September 20, 2016

The Associated Press's final death toll was at least 2,177, though the government of Saudi Arabia never increased the number of dead above 769. "If the existing problems with the Saudi government were merely the issue of the hajj ... "They are the sons of the Magi ", he said, referring to Zoroastrianism, a religion that once dominated Iran. The history of animosity between Saudi Arabia and Iran has on several occasions spilled over to the hajj , leading to bloodshed. (more...)
Seoul says North Korea capable of next nuclear test anytime
- September 19, 2016

As for the sanctions that the North will be facing, the USA is still considering the path it will take, barring the ones that the UN Security Council, Japan, and South Korea will be enforcing. Citing a Chinese saying that "whoever started the trouble should end it", Hua said the U.S. Yonhap said Sunday that the plan would turn areas in Pyongyang, where the North's war commanders were likely to hide, into ashes and "eliminate those places from the map permanently". (more...)
Philippine president seeks extension of bloody war on drugs Philippine president seeks extension of bloody war on drugs
- September 19, 2016

Matobato is the first person to admit any role in such killings, and to directly implicate Duterte under oath in a public hearing. " President Duterte can't be expected to investigate himself , so it is crucial that the United Nations is called in to lead such an effort", HRW Asia director Brad Adams said in a statement . (more...)
Duterte enlists AFP in illegal drugs drive
- September 19, 2016

Calling Matobato a "perjured witness", Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said his accusations against President Rodrigo Duterte didn't hold water and questioned his motives for not making his revelations when Duterte was still mayor of Davao City. (more...)
Truce wavers as United States airstrike kills 80 Syrian soldiers Truce wavers as United States airstrike kills 80 Syrian soldiers
- September 19, 2016

The Britain-based monitoring group said 90 soldiers were killed in Saturday's air strike, sharply higher than the death toll of 62 given by Moscow on Saturday. In addition to a serious breach of the ceasefire , it appears that the U.S. airstrikes aimed at the SAA were meant to help ISIS forces recapture the hilltop at Jabal Tardeh, which the Syrian army had taken from the terrorist group days earlier. (more...)
Beaches reopened after pipe bomb blast, probe ongoing
- September 19, 2016

Registration problems at the starting line delayed the start of the race, which meant no one was near the garbage can when the explosion happened, a law enforcement official said. Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have expanded the search from 9th Avenue to I Street and along Route 35, also known as Central Avenue, sources said. (more...)
Syrian soldiers killed in air strikes blamed on US
- September 19, 2016

Defence ministry spokesman Maj Gen Igor Konashenkov said the air strike near Deir el-Zour airport was conducted by two F-16s and two A-10s. Gen. Igor Konashenkov did not identify the planes' country affiliation, but said they were part of the worldwide coalition. (more...)
Led coalition airstrike hits Syrian troops
- September 19, 2016

Major-General Igor Konashenkov said the air strikes on Saturday took place near the Deir Az Zor airport in eastern Syria and were carried out by two F-16s and two A-10s. Russian Federation has been waging a year-old air campaign on behalf of Assad's forces and closely coordinates with them. Russian Federation on Friday said the Syrian army had initially withdrawn but returned to its positions after being fired on by rebels, who in turn say they saw no sign of government forces ever leaving ... (more...)