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Indonesia Wages War on Monkeys: Authorities Ordered to Shoot on Sight to End Attacks Against Locals

Indonesian authorities have taken drastic measures against hordes of aggressive wild monkeys responsible for attacking the local population.<p>More than …

Indonesia might be copying the vigilante violence of Duterte’s drug war

By Vincent Bevins<p>JAKARTA, Indonesia — On July 22, normally mild-manned Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo instructed his police to shoot drug traffickers.<p>"Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest.” he said, “Shoot them because we indeed are in a …

​10 great Middle Eastern films you’ve probably never heard of

Victorian-era ivory sex toy generates excitement at Irish auction

‘Ladies’ companion’ believed to have been carved from elephant tusk in China includes receptacle for lock of husband’s hair<p>When you think of sex toys, you may not automatically think of the Victorian era. Or Ireland.<p>But you would be wrong.<p>Related: Someone made a smart vibrator, so of course it got …

Hacker's unofficial 'Watch Dogs 2' app is incredibly appropriate

After successfully linking<i>GTA V</i> to an iPhone, the same Hungarian hacker has now developed software that allows users to manipulate <i>Watch Dogs 2</i> from their smartphone. Using the programming language, Python, YouTuber Planetleak DIY Projects has managed to recreate the game's Dedsec app on his iPhone …

Order of Malta snubs Pope Francis, dismissing as 'irrevelant' a Vatican inquiry into the sacking of a senior Knight

An ancient chivalric order led by a British former Guards officer has dismissed as “irrelevant” an investigation launched by Pope Francis into the dismissal of a senior knight, in an increasingly bitter row with the Vatican.<p>The Pope announced before Christmas that he had set up a commission of …

Turkey bogged down in Syria as it realigns with Russia

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly two months into the assault, Turkey has become bogged down in an unexpectedly bloody fight to retake the Islamic State group's …

Middle East

Ageing Kazakh leader gives green light to constitutional reforms

ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakhstan’s veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev gave the green light on Wednesday for constitutional reforms that could dilute the sweeping powers he has amassed as president and force his eventual successor to share power with other institutions.<p>President of the Republic of the …

Why an AI firm is busy smashing thousands of windows

Breaking glass, barking dogs and crying babies – to computers it's all just noise. But a new wave of artificial intelligence is being taught how to listen in.<p>In a sound-proofed hangar on an RAF airbase just north of Cambridge, UK, Chris Mitchell and his colleagues are busy using sledgehammers to …

Artificial Intelligence

Russia sends more fighter jets to Syria despite announcing draw-down

Russia has sent as many as a dozen more fighter jets to Syria, days after President Putin’s announcement that Moscow was scaling back its military deployment in the war-torn country.<p>Vladimir Putin declared last week that Russia would begin withdrawing forces following a ceasefire deal between the …

ISIS is gaining ground in Afghanistan as it's driven out of Iraq and Syria

<i>This segment originally aired Jan. 3, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.</i><p>As ISIS militants suffer setbacks in Syria and Iraq, they appear to be gaining new ground in Afghanistan. Over the past few weeks, the terrorist group has taken advantage of a security vacuum to establish a foothold in …

Taiwan scrambles jets, navy as China aircraft carrier enters Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships, led by its sole aircraft carrier, sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tension between Beijing and the self-ruled island.<p>China’s Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier, …

The best 'Battlefield' is finally playable on Xbox One

The pinnacle of the <i>Battlefield</i> series is at long last backward compatible on Xbox One. Of course, I'm talking about <i>Battlefield Bad Company 2</i>, which came out way back in 2010. There have been four games in the franchise since (<i>Battlefield 3</i>, <i>4</i>, <i>Hardline</i> and last year's <i>Battlefield 1</i>), but the …

Call of Duty (Video Game)

ISIS Child Executioners? Video Allegedly Shows 3 Children Executing Men Accused Of Spying For Kurdish Forces In Syria

A new video released by the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, showed three children executing men in Syria’s northeastern Deir ez-Zor city. …

Hundreds of neo-Nazis have 'gone underground' in Germany — and experts are worried they're creating new right-wing terrorist groups

Some 454 arrest warrants were issued in 2016 alone for people who "have been deemed on account of relevant police information to belong to the category 'crime motivated by the political right.'" Ninety-two of them are being sought for politically motivated crimes.<p>Those people have "gone …

Demonstration

Mosul battle: Iraq gaining momentum against IS

<b>The announcement by the Iraqi military that its forces have reached the Tigris River for the first time in the battle for Mosul marks a significant moment in the 12-week campaign to recapture so-called Islamic State's (IS) last major stronghold in the country.</b><p>Lieutenant General Abdal-Amir al-Lami, …

Middle East

Pope Francis: Jihadist attacks are 'homicidal madness'

<b>Pope Francis has condemned as "homicidal madness" recent deadly "fundamentalist-inspired" attacks around the world.</b><p>In a speech to the Vatican diplomatic corps, the pontiff called on religious leaders to reaffirm that "one can never kill in God's name".<p>He also warned that poverty served as fertile …

Pope Francis

Pope Francis Reiterates Support For Public Breast-Feeding

Mothers should feel comfortable breast-feeding infants in public, Pope Francis said on Sunday, even if they are in one of the most sacred spaces in Catholicism.<p>Speaking at an annual ceremony to commemorate the baptism of Jesus, the pope addressed the families of 28 infants who were to be baptized …

Breast Feeding

Hezbollah Is the Real Winner of the Battle of Aleppo

World Hezbollah Syrian Civil War Aleppo<p>In a sparse, one-room hideout in Dahiyeh, a Shiite suburb of Beirut, Ali, a stout, friendly-looking man in his …

America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016. What a bloody end to Obama's reign | Medea Benjamin

According to new figures, the US dropped nearly three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Dare we think how Donald Trump will continue this legacy?<p>Most Americans would probably be astounded to realize that the president who has been painted by Washington pundits as a reluctant warrior has actually …

Fiat Chrysler Will Spend $1 Billion to Build Jeep Wagoneer, Wrangler Pickup

Investments in Michigan and Ohio add 2000 U.S. jobs and move Ram heavy duty truck production back from Mexico.<p>Fiat Chrysler is betting big on Jeep SUVs. In an announcement released Sunday, the automaker pledged to spend $1 billion overhauling its production facilities in Michigan and Ohio to build …

Syria conflict: The biblical river at the heart of a water war

<b>The flashpoint for Syria's war, six years old this March, has in recent days taken the form of an elemental struggle over water.</b><p>The drinking water supply to some 5 million residents in the Syrian capital, Damascus, was cut on 23 December by the Damascus Water Authority, who say rebels have …

Middle East

Iraqi forces fight Islamic State near ancient site in Mosul - Iraqi officer

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces, backed by U.S.-led air raids, clashed with Islamic State militants near a historic site in Mosul on Sunday, an officer in Iraq’s counter-terrorism service said, as they tried to drive the jihadists out of more districts in the city.<p>Displaced people flee …

The 6 most terrifying weapons of World War I

World War I saw the first widespread use of armed aircraft and tanks as well as the machine gun. But some of the weapons devised during the war were truly terrifying.

World War I

Setting the Story of the Kurds in Stone

In recent months, Kurdish peshmerga soldiers have made headlines as critical players in the fight against ISIS. For the Kurds, an ethnic minority group without their own country, this is a familiar role: they’ve grappled with violence and oppression for centuries. However, their story is largely …

Peshmerga

Pentagon says US military 'advisers' are fighting inside Mosul

"They have been in the city at different times, yes," Col. John Dorrian, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters, according to ABC News. Though, he said, "they've advised Iraqi Security Forces as they've moved forward. They remain behind the forward line of troops."<p>The battle to …

In renewed push, Iraqi forces enter Mosul from north for first time

NORTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi troops entered Mosul from the north for the first time on Friday, part of a new phase in the battle for the city that also saw elite forces bridge a river under cover of darkness in an unprecedented night raid.<p>Iraqi rapid response forces run across a …

Creating a Comprehensive Portrait of Syria at War

Before American photographer Nish Nalbandian went to Syria for the first time, his only experience of war came from movies.<p>“Images of Total War à la</i> …

In dawn raid, Turkish police make arrests in the hunt for Istanbul attacker, but gunman is still at large

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - The man who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day is probably an ethnic Uighur and Turkish security services now know where he might be hiding, Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said on Thursday.<p>Kaynak described the man as a "specially …

Extremism

Bentley just built a British Hellcat

Carfection said they'd kill me if I wrote this, but the new Bentley Continental Supersports is absolutely a British Hellcat. For the most part.<p>The Supersports packs a 6.0-liter W12 (the cylinders aren't arranged in the traditional V style), good for 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. …