Ellie Hood

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The Doomsday Clock just advanced, ‘thanks to Trump’: It’s now just 2½ minutes to ‘midnight.’

By Peter Holley<p>, Reporter<p>Abby Ohlheiser<p>, Reporter<p>Amy B Wang<p>, Reporter<p>It's now 2 ½ minutes to “midnight,” according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which warned Thursday that the end of humanity may be near.<p>The group behind the famed Doomsday Clock announced at a news conference that it was …

Trump Administration

‘Fuck’-ing Around

What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves<p>by Benjamin K. Bergen<p>Basic Books, 271 pp., $27.99<p>In Praise of Profanity<p>…

Linguistics

Murderous Manila: On the Night Shift

One night in December, I was standing in heavy rain, under an umbrella, in a dark Manila alleyway, outside a house known to be a drug den, waiting …

Crime

Pentagon: U.S. Airstrike Kills Al Qaeda Senior Leader in Yemen

U.S. news<p>A U.S. airstrike in Yemen killed a senior al Qaeda leader in the Arabian peninsula, the Department of Defense said in a statement on Friday.<p>Abd al-Ghani al-Rasas, a terrorist leader in the region, died during an airstrike in a remote area of al Bayda Governorate in Yemen, Pentagon press …

Middle East

Ban Ki-moon to decide 'soon' on South Korea presidency bid

The former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has arrived home in Seoul saying he will decide soon on whether to run for president in South Korea.<p>Speculation is rife that the 72-year-old will seek the country’s top job in elections that may come early if President Park Geun-hye is forced …

Taliban video purports to show American, Australian captives in tearful pleas to Trump

By Sayed Salahuddin<p>Erin Cunningham<p>, Middle East reporter<p>KABUL — The Taliban released a video Wednesday purportedly showing two Western hostages, including an American, tearfully urging President-elect Donald Trump to negotiate with their captors to secure their release.<p>American Kevin King and an …

Afghanistan

New York man gets 13 years prison for trying to join al Qaeda

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 years in prison for trying to join the Islamic militant group al Qaeda when he was a high school senior.<p>Justin Kaliebe, now 22, is shown in this image captured from a video released by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of …

The Obama Legacy on Jihadism

One of the most memorable moments of the Obama Presidency was his abrupt appearance on nationwide television, shortly before midnight, on Sunday, May 1, 2011. The press pool, which had been given a “lid” to stand down for the night almost six hours earlier, received an e-mail alert from the White …

Barack Obama’s Legacy Is More Secure Than You, or the GOP, Think

Barack Obama is one of a handful of presidents with transformative domestic legacies. Some of those presidents, like Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald …

Natural Gas

U.S. increases support for Turkish military operations in Syria

By Karen DeYoung<p>, Associate editor/reporter<p>Missy Ryan<p>, Reporter<p>U.S. aircraft have begun regular aerial intelligence surveillance in support of Turkey’s offensive against the Islamic State in northwestern Syria, in anticipation of increased U.S. support for the flailing Turkish military operation …

Middle East

President Duterte’s List

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines waved a thick sheaf of papers on live television, fanning the pages for the public and the national press corps to see. “This list of names, this is it,” he said in the Oct. 27 appearance. “This is the drug industry in the Philippines.”<p>Filipinos had been …

U.S. troops carry out ground raid against ISIS in Syria

By Liz Sly<p>, Bureau chief<p>Missy Ryan<p>, Reporter<p>BEIRUT — U.S. Special Operations troops carried out a ground operation in eastern Syria aimed at capturing an Islamic State militant, U.S. officials said Monday.<p>The raid took place Sunday near a small town along the Euphrates River valley, in the vicinity …

Middle East

Inside LAX's New Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Unit

If the airport’s experimental team succeeds, every critical infrastructure site in the world might soon have its own in-house intel operation.<p><i>No one paid the car any attention as it crept forward through morning traffic at</i> <i>LAX. Travelers wandering the arrivals area with their smartphones out, hands</i> …

The Swedish Kings of Cyberwar

On April 24, 2013, just weeks before Edward Snowden went public with his leaks about mass surveillance by the National Security Agency, General Keith …

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ex-President of Iran, Dies at 82

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran and a founder of the Islamic republic, who navigated the opaque shoals of his country’s theocracy as one of its most enduring, wiliest and wealthiest leaders, died on Sunday in Tehran. He was 82.<p>His death was announced by Iranian …

19 migrants abandoned in truck in Germany in freezing cold

BERLIN (AP) — German federal police say that they found 19 migrants at a highway stop in Bavaria who were suffering from hypothermia after their …

Bavaria

Netanyahu 'caught on tape negotiating secret deal with press baron'

The political scandal swirling around Benjamin Netanyahu intensified on Sunday after it was reported he had been caught on tape offering financial incentives to a newspaper publisher in return for better coverage.<p>The Israeli prime minister spent eight hours last week being questioned by police …

I tried the Chinese practice of ‘sitting the month’ after childbirth

By Leslie Hsu Oh<p>When my aunt learned I was pregnant with my fourth child, she begged me to respect the Chinese tradition of zuo yue zi, or “sitting the month.” Traced back to as early as the year 960, zuo yue zi is a set of diet and lifestyle restrictions practiced after birth to restore a woman’s …

Thousands of Marines fought in southern Afghanistan. Now, the service is going back.

By Dan Lamothe<p>, Reporter<p>The Marine Corps will send a new task force of military advisers to southern Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province this spring, returning to a region where tens of thousands of Marines fought during the Obama administration and hundreds were killed.<p>About 300 Marines with a …

Afghanistan

Top leader of pro-ISIS PH terror group killed

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The top leader of a local terrorist group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) was killed in Sarangani …

Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency

President-elect works on restructuring Office of the Director of National Intelligence, tweets again his doubts that Russia hacked Democrats<p>WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back …

Donald Trump

Syrian cease-fire crumbles as government forces advance around Damascus

By Louisa Loveluck<p>, Reporter<p>Heba Habib<p>BEIRUT — A Syrian cease-fire backed by Russia and Turkey is crumbling five days after it began, with government forces pushing offensives around Damascus and rebels threatening to suspend participation in new peace talks.<p>The truce was to have been followed by a …

Middle East