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These are the main forces operating in the Mosul theater

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of the much-awaited operation on Monday and anti-IS forces have already retaken several villages and significant swathes of land from the jihadists.<p>These are the main forces that are operating in the wider Mosul theatre or may do so. Not all will …

Exclusive: Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen's Houthis via Oman - officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, U.S., Western and Iranian officials tell Reuters, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war.<p>An armed man loyal to the Houthi …

Appeals court upholds conviction of bin Laden assistant

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the conspiracy conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who once served as Osama bin …

David Cameron's adviser feared Panama Papers would end boss's career

David Cameron’s director of communications feared that the then prime minister would have to resign over the family revelations contained within the Panama Papers, according to his newly published book.<p>David Cameron admits he profited from father's Panama offshore trust<p>Read more<p>Sir Craig Oliver …

Corruption

Mars Lander May Be Missing, But A Second Spacecraft Is Still Humming Along

The Schiaparelli Mars lander got very close to the red planet before something went wrong. It entered the planet's atmosphere, managed not to burn up as it hurtled down and unfurled its parachute. It's unclear what happened in the final minute of descent, but it wasn't what the European and Russian …

Space

Long-time Arizona sheriff Arpaio trails in re-election bid: poll | Reuters

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Embattled Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, whose get-tough policies to fight illegal immigration and praise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brought him nationwide attention, trails his opponent in this year’s election by nearly 15 percentage points, according to a …

Reports Of Prison Guard Brutality In New York Draw A Harsh Spotlight

The scene: A half-dozen white corrections officers at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., are confronting an African-American inmate named Leonard Strickland. It's video of a closed world, invisible to most of us.<p>"Stay on the wall, do you understand me?" officers shout. "Don't …

Phoenix Police Release 911 Calls to Catch Serial Shooter

Seven months after a drive-by serial killer began ambushing residents of Phoenix, police have released 911 calls of victims' relatives begging for help in the hope of getting new tips.<p>"My brother — they just shot him," an anguished woman tells the emergency operator after a March 18 shooting. "Just …

In the Age of Trump, No Wonder Republicans Miss William F. Buckley

The conservative thinker’s work is a reminder of how intellectually self-satisfied politicians and cable-news have become.<p>William F. Buckley Jr. could have made Donald Trump quiver with impotent rage. This is a guy who sent Ayn Rand postcards in liturgical Latin just to make her mad, and then …

Political Science

Who Do You Think Won The Debate? It May Depend Which Network You Watched

Tens of millions of Americans gathered around TV sets to watch the debate last night. But how they thought it went may depend upon which networks they watched. That's because post-debate coverage can sway viewers' opinions, as a new study suggests.<p>Fox News and MSNBC are widely considered right- and …

Ex-NSA contractor committed 'breathtaking' theft of secrets, feds say

A former National Security Agency contractor's theft of top secret government information was "breathtaking in its longevity and scale," federal prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday aimed at keeping the man locked up as the case moves forward.<p>The Justice Department also said it anticipated …

The Man Who Got Rid of Everything

Following a bad break-up, Finnish man Petri Luukkainen began his one-year human experiment: put everything he owns into storage and live without any material goods. Here's his story.<p>In October 2010, Petri Luukkainen's long-term relationship fell apart. The Finnish commercials director and …

Phil Chess, Pioneering Blues and Rock Exec, Dead at 95

Phil Chess, who co-founded the legendary label Chess Records with his brother Leonard and helped make Chicago the epicenter of the blues, died …

Music

See Original Alice Cooper Band Perform Heavy 'I'm Eighteen'

On Black Friday, Alice Cooper will release a special seven-inch single containing two songs he sang last year with the surviving members of the …

Music

Monkeys Making Stone Flakes Cast Doubt on Early Human Theories

Scientists who found piles of sharp-edged stone flakes have for decades used them as evidence that early humans had been at work, making and using them as tools.<p>But a team working in Brazil has made, well, monkeys out of these theories.<p>Wild-bearded capuchin monkey in Serra da Capivara National …

What the Hell Is Wrong With Evangelicals Supporting Trump?

A reader writes:<p>I was pleased to see you say “God bless these principled Christians” in response to the Liberty United Against Trump statement [that opposed Liberty University’s president, Jerry Falwell, Jr., for continuing to support Trump after the “Access Hollywood” tape and wave of women …

Hear Eminem Blast Donald Trump Supporters on New LP Tease 'Campaign Speech'

Eminem disses Donald Trump and his supporters, references everyone from Trayvon Martin to Colin Kaepernick to David Hasselhoff and unleashes a …

Donald Trump

The 23 best horror movies on Netflix for Halloween

There are so many to choose from, so to make the rest of your October movie-watching easier, here are the 23 best horror movies you can stream on Netflix right now.<p>Grab a friend and come on in.<p><i>Brett Arnold contributed to an earlier version of this story.</i>

Why Michael Moore's surprise movie about Donald Trump is a convincing ad for Hillary Clinton

He told me Clinton would have to convince him, along with other ardent Sanders proponents, that she deserved the support and that he would then "act accordingly."<p>It seems Moore is doing just that with the surprise film he premiered Tuesday night at New York City's IFC Center, "Michael Moore in …