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Spanish police hunt Moussa Oukabir as more details emerge about the Barcelona terror suspects

Four men are in custody, five have been shot dead and at least one remains at large after two linked terrorist attacks in Spain.<p>Police and security services across the country said they were hunting Moroccan, Moussa Oukabir, 18, who was suspected of being involved in the van attack on Las Ramblas, …

Terrorism

Defiant, Trump Laments Assault on Culture and Revives a Bogus Pershing Story

WASHINGTON — Despite ongoing rebukes over his defense of white supremacists, President Trump defiantly returned to his campaign’s nativist themes on Thursday. He lamented an assault on American “culture,” revived a bogus, century-old story about killing Muslim extremists and attacked Republicans …

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Mother of Charlottesville victim says she won't speak with Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> The mother of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend said she is not interested in hearing from the President because she believes he equated her daughter to white supremacists.<p>"I'm not talking to the President now," Susan Bro said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning …

Pentagon identifies Special Forces soldier killed battling Islamic State in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has identified the U.S. Army Green Beret who was killed Wednesday battling Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan.<p>Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler, 27, of Monticello, Utah was killed by an improvised explosive device in Nangahar Province, the Pentagon said in a statement late …

War

Finland: Several people stabbed in Turku, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police in Finland have shot and arrested a suspect after several people were stabbed in the city of Turku.<p>The public has been asked to move away from the city center, Turku police tweeted.<p>Turku is in Finland's southwest and lies around 140 kilometers (around 85 miles) west of the capital, …

USS Fitzgerald Leaders Punished; Crew Is Praised After Collision With Cargo Ship

The U.S. Navy has relieved the USS Fitzgerald's commander and two other senior leaders of their duties — and it's also praising the crew for saving their ship after the destroyer collided with a large Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Japan on June 17.<p>"It was also evident from this …

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South Africa plans to grant immunity to Grace Mugabe, sources say

There is no way Zimbabwean first lady will be arrested over model’s allegation of assault in hotel, says source in Pretoria<p>South Africa plans to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, after she was accused of assaulting a model at a hotel in Johannesburg, government …

Africa

Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region.<p>…

North Korea

Mattis and Tillerson move to clarify administration policy on North Korea

The top U.S. diplomat and defense official moved again Thursday to clarify the Trump administration’s North Korea policy, making clear that it is focused on diplomatic and economic pressure, and that American military action is currently contemplated only in response to an attack by Pyongyang.<p>“In …

North Korea

US general pledges to defend Japan from North Korean attack

TOKYO (AP) — America's top military official reiterated Friday his country's pledge to defend Japan against a North Korean missile attack, as western Japan carried out a test of an emergency alert system.<p>"I think we made it clear to North Korea and anyone else in the region that an attack on one is …

North Korea

The Latest: Trump says 'Radical Islamic Terrorism' must end

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on reaction to President Donald Trump, the terrorist attack in Barcelona and the Charlottesville violence (all times local):<p>9:20 a.m.<p>President Donald Trump says "Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary!"<p>He adds that "the courts must …

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Florida Republican Rooney Says Trump Needs to Show ‘Moral’ Leadership

Says past presidents have ‘referred to our moral principles’<p>Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney said the country is “crying out” for moral …

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Trump tweets law enforcement is 'on alert' following Spain attacks

President Donald Trump said on Friday that the Department of Homeland Security is "on alert" after terrorist attacks in Spain left more than a dozen people dead.<p>"Homeland Security and law enforcement are on alert & closely watching for any sign of trouble," Trump tweeted. "Our borders are far …

Terrorism

Missing woman's family in Denmark submarine case fears worst

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The family of a Swedish journalist missing since a trip off Copenhagen a week ago on a home-built submarine says "it seems the worst has happened."<p>The parents and brother of Kim Wall says "there is nothing we wish more" than to have her back alive, adding "chances are …

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Man shot after stabbings in Finnish city

<b>Finnish police shoot a man who reportedly stabbed several people in city of Turku</b><p><i>This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.</i>

Extremism

Indian video mocks Xi Jinping after Chinese state media posts 'racist' clip

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a sight you'd expect to see in a colonial-era comedy act or a bad improvisation on the darkest corners of YouTube.<p>A video of a man wearing a turban and fake beard attempting a crude impression of an Indian was posted Wednesday on several verified social media channels operated by …

Arizona Confederate monument tarred and feathered

PHOENIX — At least two Confederate monuments in Arizona have been vandalized in recent days, with one of them tarred and feathered.<p>The Arizona Department of Public Safety on Thursday was investigating the vandalism of the Jefferson Davis Highway memorial along State Route 80 outside Apache …

History

Floods affect 16 million in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

Flood levels reach record highs in South Asia with more than 400 dead and hundreds injured and missing.<p>More than 16 million people have been affected by monsoon flooding across the South Asian countries of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh - putting huge numbers at risk of disease, hunger, and …

South Asia

Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any "illegitimate" forces, whether Turkish or American.<p>Bouthaina Shaaban said the fact that Syria was staging …

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Conservationist who campaigned against ivory trade shot dead in Tanzania

A prominent conservationist who campaigned against the illegal ivory trade has been shot dead in Tanzania.<p>Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening as he rode in a taxi from Dar as Salaam airport to a hotel.<p>Police said the car was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed, then opened …

Wildlife

Ex neo-Nazi urges parents to talk to kids about Charlottesville

A former neo-Nazi from Vancouver says the violence in Charlottesville, Va., presents an opportunity for parents and educators to become more aware of how easily youth can be lured into a seemingly exciting but potentially deadly world of hate.<p>Tony McAleer, 49, became immersed in white supremacy at …

Racism

South Africa to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity: government source

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa is planning to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a government source said on Friday.<p>South African police have put border posts …

Africa

Maryland removes Dred Scott ruling author's statue

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A statue of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African Americans was removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House early Friday.<p>The statue of Roger B. Taney was lifted away by a crane at …

Judiciary

After Charlottesville, the U.S. military grapples with its history of racism and extremism

Timothy McVeigh was known in the Army as disciplined and motivated but awkward toward many people and hostile to the black soldiers he led. He shined in evaluations but failed in an attempt to join the Special Forces because of an injury, and left the service disillusioned in 1991.<p>The tall, …

U.S. Marines

Australia's citizenship crisis spreads, key Senator under a cloud

CANBERRA/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's widening citizenship crisis entangled a seventh politician on Friday, a key independent senator whose support is critical for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to pass legislation through a hostile Senate.<p>Senator Nick Xenophon said he may hold dual citizenship, …

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Clearing Iraqi cities of explosives may take decades

BAGHDAD (AP) — The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside.<p>For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with hidden explosives by Islamic State militants and …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova: Authoritarianism is spreading like 'sexually transmitted diseases'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pussy Riot's Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova, who was imprisoned for protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin, says "democracy is being eroded" by leaders like President Donald Trump.<p>"We've seen the authoritarian tendencies is parading all around the world as sexually transmitted …

Iran reformist leader Mehdi Karroubi ends hunger strike

Opposition figurehead who has been under house arrest since 2011 resumes eating after government withdraws agents from his home<p>An Iranian opposition leader who has been under house arrest for six years has ended a hunger strike after the government agreed to remove intelligence agents from his home.<p>…

Iran

Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalates

MANILA (Reuters) - Police killed at least 13 people in Manila on the third night of an escalation in President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs and crime, taking the toll for one of the bloodiest weeks so far to 80, Reuters witnesses and media reported on Friday.<p>Earlier this week, 67 people …

Philippines

Canada sees 'unprecedented' surge in asylum seekers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Canada is facing an "unprecedented" number of asylum seekers, who have crossed the border from the United States, officials said.<p>"We've never seen those numbers," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman Claude Castonguay. "Even though our officers are patrolling 24 hours a day …

UN: Saudi coalition attacks kill many children in Yemen

UN report blames Saudi-led military alliance for 'unacceptably high' number of child casualties during war.<p>The Saudi Arabia-led military coalition was responsible for an "unacceptably high" number of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, according to a draft United Nations report.<p>The review …

Middle East

Australia demands equal immigration rights to EU citizens after Brexit

LONDON — Australia and other Commonwealth countries are demanding that their citizens should be granted the same rights as Europeans to live and work in the UK after Brexit, ahead of post-Brexit trade talks.<p>Julie Bishop, the Australian foreign minister told the Times newspaper that her colleagues …

Brexit

Statue of 19th century slavery advocate removed in Maryland

(Reuters) - Authorities in Maryland on Friday removed a statue of a 19th century Chief Justice who wrote the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision in the latest example of action over memorials that have sparked protests across the United States.<p>Crews in state capital Annapolis hitched straps overnight …

History

A Leading Elephant Conservationist Has Been Murdered in Tanzania

Police in Tanzania have launched an investigation into the murder of a leading elephant conservationist who was shot dead in Dar es Salaam. He had …

Wildlife

Saudis in talks over alliance to rebuild Iraq and 'return it to the Arab fold'

Pact would give Saudi Arabia a leading role in rebuilding war-torn country, and allow it to shepherd Iraq away from its rival Iran<p>Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad’s …

Middle East

Nigel Farage blames EU leaders for continued ISIS terror in Europe

Former U.K. Independence Party leader and Brexit advocate Nigel Farage told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday that the Islamic State continues its terror attacks in Europe because leaders take no action and do little more than stand in solidarity.<p>“And not once do we ever hear a single …

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‘I hope Trump is assassinated’: A Missouri lawmaker’s Facebook comment leads to calls for her resignation

A Missouri lawmaker is under mounting pressure to resign after she said on social media she hopes President Trump is assassinated, following his response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.<p>Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal went on her personal Facebook page …

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Mattis says a decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like.<p>In remarks …

Afghanistan

Susan Bro, the mother of slain Charlottesville protester Heather Heyer, says she’s received death threats

Not even a week since her daughter Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, Susan Bro said she has received threats against her life.<p>“I’ve had death threats already … because of what I’m doing right this second,” Bro told MSNBC on Thursday, one day after Heyer was buried and a vigil at the …

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Sir Michael Fallon apologises over British soldier's Iraq War Snatch Land Rover death

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has apologised to the mother of a British soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb while travelling in a Snatch Land Rover, according to reports.<p>In a letter seen by the BBC, Sir Michael said bringing alternative protected vehicles into service "could have saved …

War

'It's Not Worth Taking a Chance.' Man Who Experienced Eye Damage During 1962 Solar Eclipse Warns Others

A man who damaged his eyes 55 years ago while looking at a partial solar eclipse is warning others about the risks of looking at the sun without …

Astronomy

South Africa's borders on 'red alert' for Grace Mugabe

Accused of assaulting a model with an electric cable, police search for Zimbabwe's first lady to prevent her departure.<p>South African police have issued a "red alert" on the country's borders to prevent Zimbabwe's first lady from fleeing.<p>Grace Mugabe, 52, is accused of assaulting a female model in a …

Africa

US cities are debating on how to dispose their Confederate statues

(Reuters) - As communities across the United States redouble efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces after a far-right rally in Virginia turned deadly, city leaders now face another conundrum: what to do with the statues.<p>President Donald Trump described them on Thursday as …

History