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Horrifying video of potential gas attack in Syria

Video of what some are calling a gas attack in Syria left U.N. diplomats in tears as the state continues to deny allegations of the attacks.

Middle East

Sale of U.S. Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States

WASHINGTON — To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon, the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator drones …

Middle East

Car bomb kills three outside U.S. consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital

ERBIL (Reuters) - A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, in a relatively rare attack in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region.

No U.S. personnel were hurt in the blast, according to the U.S. State Department, which said a …

Middle East

Australia Arrests 5 on Charges of Plotting ANZAC Day Attack

Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that …

Australia

Texas set to approve open carry of handguns, seen as win for gun-rights activists

Texas is poised to become the largest state in the U.S. to allow citizens to openly carry handguns, a change long sought by gun-rights activists.

The Texas House of Representatives on Friday voted 96-35 to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in …

Texas

Dual-Clutch Buicks Are in China, We’re Waiting for Their Visas

We’ve been seeing more camouflaged Buick Envision crossovers near our offices, and now we’re surer than ever what’s under those taped hoods: the General’s first dual-clutch transmission. As the elderly ladies and dogs in the commercials say, “That’s not a Buick!”

But it is, at least in China. Last …

Asia

Japan's magnetically levitated vehicle train sets new speed record

Magnetically levitated vehicle surpasses 366mph on test track and sets sights on going even faster

Japan’s magnetically levitated (maglev) train has set a new speed record, hitting 366.61mph on a test track.

Central Japan Railway Co., which is developing a vehicle that it sees as the long-distance, …

Japan

No more credit checks for NYC job seekers

Job seekers in New York City can now rest assured that their credit history won't impact their employment prospects.

The New York City Council passed legislation that bans most employers from discriminating against job applicants and current workers based on credit history.

The bill passed Thursday …

Employment

Stench of dead fish in Rio lake won't spoil Olympic Games, officials hope

Below the open arms of the statue of Christ the Redeemer, and not far from the upmarket neighbourhood of Ipanema, the Rodrigo de Freitas lake is usually a popular spot for Rio’s cyclists, joggers and coconut sellers.

But over the last few days the air around the lake has been pervaded by the stench …

Olympics

Once-Prized Tibetan Mastiffs Are Discarded as Fad Ends in China

BEIJING — There once was a time, during the frenzied heights of China’s Tibetan mastiff craze, when a droopy-eyed slobbering giant like Nibble might have fetched $200,000 and ended up roaming the landscaped grounds of some coal tycoon’s suburban villa.

But Tibetan mastiffs are so 2013.

Instead, …

Asia

Zebras roam free in Brussels, and other animals at large

Three zebras have gone on the loose in the Belgian capital Brussels, capping a generous helping of "animals at large" stories.

The group trotted through the streets after escaping from a local ranch, but were soon captured following an unlikely police chase.

Meanwhile a raccoon climbed a crane in …

Brussels

Two Russian opposition parties unite after Nemtsov killing

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two Russian opposition parties agreed on Friday to run on a joint platform in 2016 parliamentary elections, aiming to make a first step in uniting fractious Kremlin adversaries after the killing of party leader Boris Nemtsov.

Critics of President Vladimir Putin say he bears …

Russia

Iraqi officials: Saddam's No. 2 is dead

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials said Friday they believe that government forces killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the former deputy of Saddam Hussein who for over a decade was the top fugitive from the ousted regime and became an underground figure involved in Sunni insurgencies, most recently allying …

Middle East

Car bombing targets U.S. consulate in Irbil, Iraq

Islamic State militants took responsibility Friday for a car bomb that exploded outside the U.S. consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

The State Department said no U.S. personnel were killed in the Friday afternoon blast in the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Local media …

Middle East

Boston bombing: Parents of youngest victim oppose execution

The parents of youngest victim in the Boston marathon bombing have called on federal authorities to drop the death penalty as a possible punishment for bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Bill and Denise Richard's eight-year-old son was one of three people killed in the explosions in April 2013.

The Richards …

Boston Marathon Bombing

Saudi-led airstrikes spike in Yemen capital, second city

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen intensified on Friday, with bombings in the capital, Sanaa, and the country's second-largest city reaching their most intense levels since the campaign started last month, Yemeni security officials said.

Thick plumes …

Middle East

Accessory makers are solving Apple's MacBook problem

We like Apple's 12-inch MacBook with its sleek look, high-res screen and scant mass -- but we have a big problem with the single USB-C port. For one, it doubles as the lone power connector, meaning you can't even charge your MacBook and transfer files at the same time. Another issue is finding …

MacBook

BLACKMAGIC MICRO CINEMA CAMERA

Blackmagic Design, specialists in electronic equipment for broadcast and video production, have introduced the world?s smallest digital film camera - …

Film

Hussein deputy al-Douri killed, Iraqi TV says

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top deputy to Saddam Hussein and more recently a key figure in Sunni extremist groups battling the Iraqi government, has been killed in a security operation in that country, Iraqi state-run television reported Friday.

Al-Douri was the highest-ranking member of …

Middle East

Wal-Mart suddenly closed 5 stores and laid off thousands of workers and no one knows why

Wal-Mart suddenly closed five stores in four states on Monday for alleged plumbing problems.

The closures could last up to six months and affect roughly 2,200 workers in Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida, CNN Money reports.

Wal-Mart employees say they were completely blindsided by the news, …

Walmart

Kirk: 'We drive faster' in black neighborhoods

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk says he won't talk about race anymore after his comments last week that "we drive faster" through black communities sparked criticism from Democrats.

Kirk made the comments in an interview with the Peoria Journal-Star, when asked his thoughts on encouraging innovation in …

African Americans

​Most dangerous Islamic State leaders come from Scandinavia - Syrian President Assad

Syria's President Bashar Assad (Reuters / SANA)Bashar al-Assad warned about the growing threat from “Scandinavian” Islamist extremists fighting …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Killer cops are camera shy: It’s not a crime to film the police — so why do they act like it is?

The man who filmed Eric Garner's death recently spent months in jail on an unrelated charge. Coincidence?

Last summer, a day after the coroner ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide, Ramsey Orta was arrested in Staten Island on gun charges. Orta had filmed Garner’s killing at the hands of NYPD officer …

Policing

Pennsylvania Bank Robbery Duo May Have Military Training, FBI Says

Two men wanted in a string of Pittsburgh-area bank robberies may have had military or law enforcement training, FBI officials said.

Federal …

FBI

Chinese stocks are getting destroyed

There's a major sell-off going on in China right now.

Chinese stock market futures are down by more than 5% following news that regulators are tightening the screws on traders.

"The China Securities Regulatory Commission banned the margin trading businesses of brokerages from taking part in umbrella …

Asia

China 'building airstrip' in disputed South China Sea territory

China is making rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea, according to new satellite images.

The facility, on reclaimed land around a reef, would be big enough for fighter jets and surveillance aircraft. IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly …

Asia

UN calls for $274 million Yemen aid for humanitarian needs

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Nations is urging the world to provide $274 million in aid to help save lives and protect some 7.5 million people affected by the escalating conflict in Yemen.

In a statement Friday, the U.N. says that along with its partners in Yemen it needs the funds to purchase …

UN Security Council

Sony Pictures condemns WikiLeaks' release of hacked material

Months after Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered from a crippling cyberattack, troves of the studio's leaked information has resurfaced on WikiLeaks, potentially reopening one of the darkest chapters in the Culver City studio's history.

It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political …

Sony

Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage

ROME (AP) — Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.

Palermo police said they had …

Policing

U.S.: Citizen sought to execute U.S. soldiers

A naturalized U.S. citizen pleaded not guilty in Ohio Friday to federal charges of providing material support to terrorists and lying to the FBI.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, allegedly traveled to Syria for training and wanted to return home to kill Americans -- particularly U.S. …

Middle East