Ahmed Khalaf

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Former administration official: Here's what Obama gets wrong about Syria

President Obama has been consistent on Syria. Even when I was in the administration, the president made clear that he did not want to get dragged into the conflict there.<p>The legacy of Iraq weighed heavily on him. He was elected to get us out of Middle East wars, not into them. He was not going to …

Middle East

'Don't say his name': Oregon community wants to make shooter anonymous

Keith Weikum, a set builder and special effects operator for theater productions at Umpqua Community College, already had a skeptical expression when he opened his front door.<p>The reporter standing outside asked him whether he knew a particular student who had signed up to be a production assistant …

Oregon

Saudi king brings 1,000-person entourage on French holiday

King Salman's controversial Riviera holiday, which will see beach closed to public, to feature 1,000 Saudi visitors<p>King Salman of Saudi Arabia is expected to arrive in France later on Friday for a Riviera beach holiday, bringing with him no fewer than 1,000 people from his entourage.<p>While the …

How Does The FBI Catch People Who Shine Lasers At Airplanes?

Spoiler: not easily<p>Aircraft lasing -- directing a laser or another bright light at a moving aircraft -- is becoming a huge problem, and authorities on the subject are worried that a growing number of reports will eventually lead to a serious incident.<p>At least 43 incidents were reported in the last …

Amazon employee steals $12,500 of iPhones, iPads and other devices

A 21-year-old Amazon employee in India has been arrested for allegedly stealing $12,500 worth of electronics — including numerous Apple devices — while working in the packing department of the company’s warehouse.<p>Pramod Bhamble placed orders himself, but instead of packing the correct products, he …

Smart Homes

Chattanooga shooter sent text message declaring war

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez texted his close friend a link to a long Islamic verse<p>Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five US servicemen, the suspected gunman texted his close friend a link to a long Islamic verse that included the line: "Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then …

Sample the good life at airport lounges without paying huge fees

Once, airlines' airport lounges were the province of the elite traveler. Hoi polloi had no access.<p>That's no longer true. If you carry a branded airline credit card, you sometimes will get a free pass, but there are other ways to sample the good life without paying huge fees for access or having to …

Miami International Airport

Hackers threaten to release names from adultery website

A dating website that helps married people cheat has been hit by hackers who threatened to release information about millions of customers.<p>Ashley Madison, which uses the advertising slogan "Life is short. Have an affair," said Monday it had been attacked and some user data was stolen.<p>So far, …

Ashley Madison

How Much Do Average Apps Make?

The last few years have seen an unprecedented number of people rushing to develop mobile apps for iOS and Android. But looking at the installed user base on each platform and information on the payouts made by the different companies, it appears that the vast majority of developers will find …