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Thousands take to streets in Boston protest against hate speech

In historic Boston Common park alone, hundreds of protesters who believe the event could become a platform for racist propaganda dwarfed the few …

Racism

Spanish Authorities Continue Hunt For Suspects In Barcelona Attacks

Spanish authorities say they have dismantled a mostly Moroccan-born terror cell believed responsible for vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that killed 14 people and hurt more than 100 others.<p>But a manhunt continues for the alleged driver of a van used in the main attack on pedestrians on …

Terrorism

Counter-protesters block neo-Nazi march to Berlin prison

BERLIN (AP) — Left-wing groups and Berlin residents prevented more than 500 far-right extremists from marching Saturday to the place where high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess died 30 years ago.<p>Police in riot gear kept the neo-Nazis and an estimated 1,000 counter-protesters apart as the two sides …

Germany

Hezbollah condemns Barcelona attack, saying it 'harms the image of jihad'

The Lebanese terrorist organization called out the Syrian-based terror group.<p>Hezbollah on Friday strongly condemned the terror attack allegedly …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Man Smuggled 13 Pounds of Meth From Mexico Using a Drone

SAN DIEGO — A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico by drone, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United States, authorities said Friday.<p>Jorge Edwin Rivera …

Drones

Spain hunts for driver in van rampage, says Islamist cell dismantled

RIPOLL/BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Police were searching on Saturday for the driver of a van that killed 13 people when it plowed into a crowd in Barcelona and were trying to determine whether two other suspected Islamist militants linked to the attack had died or were at large.<p>The Spanish …

Spain

Lebanon and Hezbollah launch simultaneous but separate battles against ISIS

BEIRUT — The U.S.-backed Lebanese army launched a long-awaited offensive on Saturday against Islamic State militants holed up in a remote stretch of northeastern Lebanon, just as a separate offensive by the Hezbollah militia and the Syrian army got underway right across the border in Syria.<p>The …

Syria

An Unusually Large Wildfire Has Burned for Weeks in Icy Greenland

There's something curious happening in icy Greenland: a wildfire that has been burning for weeks.<p>The wildfire appears to be historic in both its size and its duration, but no one can say for sure — because Greenland doesn't have longstanding records of fires. Officials haven't had much of a need …

Climate Change

With Color and Fury, Anti-American Posters Appear in North Korea

The language on the North Korean posters is as bombastic as the images are eye-popping and the colors blindingly bright.<p>One blue-lettered poster shows a barrage of missiles heading toward a map of the United States that is in flames. It boasts, “The entire mainland United States is within our …

North Korea

President Maduro strips Venezuela’s parliament of power

Parliament was held by opposition. Meanwhile country’s fugitive attorney general alleges Maduro corruption links<p>Venezuela’s political crisis has deepened after a new pro-government “superbody” stripped the opposition-held parliament of its legislative powers and the fugitive attorney general …

Venezuela

Remembering World War II’s doomed Dieppe Raid, 75 years on

On August 19, 1942, more than 6,000 men landed in Normandy as Allied forces launched a raid on the French port of Dieppe. But the poorly prepared operation would fail, with deadly consequences. FRANCE 24 looks back at the Dieppe Raid, 75 years on.<p>Dieppe Beach. Under a clear blue sky, tourists …

European News

How a dozen young men from a small town secretly plotted the deadliest terrorist attack in Spain in more than a decade

RIPOLL, Spain — The Spanish interior minister boasted Saturday that the terrorist cell that had carried out attacks in Barcelona and a nearby seaside village has been “completely dismantled.” But in the mountain town where the conspiracy was born, people wanted to know how it all had started.<p>At the …

Terrorism

Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe despite assault claim

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean state media say the wife of President Robert Mugabe has returned home from South Africa despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg.<p>State broadcaster ZBC says Grace Mugabe returned with her husband …

Africa

From Greece, A Message In A Bottle Reaches Isolated Gaza

A message in a bottle washed ashore this week in Gaza.<p>"Hello! Thank you for picking up this bottle!" began the letter in neat black handwriting. "We are currently on holiday in Rhodes and would love to know how far this bottle got – even if it's just the next beach!"<p>The bottle floated much farther …

Israel

Graffiti activists in Berlin turn Nazi symbols into art

BERLIN (Reuters) - Horrified at the sight of swastikas scrawled on walls, children's playgrounds and building sites, a group of graffiti artists in Berlin is transforming the Nazi symbols into colorful artwork such as flowers, cars and animals.<p>The swastika, which was adopted by Adolf Hitler's Nazi …

Street Art

London’s Big Ben Will Be Silent Until 2021 — and Some Brits Are Furious

LONDON — Who knew repairing a clock could provoke such outrage?<p>Granted, this isn't just a case of replacing the batteries in your wristwatch, or even winding up an antique timepiece gathering dust in the hallway. This is the 315-foot tower commonly known as Big Ben, the iconic landmark synonymous …

News

Wife of American Killed in Barcelona Attack Says She Lost ‘Love of My Life’

BARCELONA, Spain — The wife of the American who died in the Barcelona terror attack said she has lost the love of her life and isn’t sure how she will ever recover.<p>California residents, Heidi Nunes-Tucker, 40, and Jared Tucker, 42, were celebrating their first wedding anniversary when they decided …

Terrorism

German police hunt for Nutella, truck carrying 22 tons of the spread

German police said a truck carrying 22 tons of Nutella, Kinder Surprise eggs and Valparaiso chocolate fruit pearls was stolen last weekend and asked the public for their help in locating the chocolate thieves.<p>Martin Ahlich, a police spokesperson, said the refrigerated truck container was stolen in …

Nutella

Canada open to completing NAFTA talks in short order

Government source says negotiators willing to work on proposed U.S. timeline to wrap talks by year's end<p>Canadian negotiators are open to working on a …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

'Resistance': Venezuela's parliament dismisses power grab

The democratically-elected congress has rejected being stripped of power, saying they are resisting "an armed military dictatorship." The …

Venezuela

'It Looks Really Bad.' This Man Has a 36-Year-Old Piece of Princess Diana's Wedding Cake

This man has a slice of a 36-year-old fruitcake, but he's held onto it for an interesting reason — it was from Princess Diana's wedding cake.<p>John …

News (U.S.)

Syria, Hezbollah, Lebanon launch two-pronged offensive against ISIS

This offensive further deepens the relationship between President Bashar Assad’s regime, Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army.<p>The Lebanese Army, Hezbollah …

Syria

US judge rejects victim's bid to dismiss Roman Polanski rape case

A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director.<p>Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski must return to California if he expects to resolve charges of sexually …

News (U.S.)

How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'

Mary Abagi is a 63-year-old widow who has spent most of her life eking out a living by growing crops on a tiny plot of land in her Kenyan village. Then, last fall, Abagi learned that the village had been picked for an unusual experiment that promised to change her life.<p><b>About #NoStringsCash</b><p>This is …

News (U.S.)

Where is Julian Cadman, the 7-year-old missing since the Barcelona attack?

For a minute, it seemed like there might be one small happy ending amid the tragedy of the Barcelona attack.<p>Julian Cadman, 7, has been missing since Thursday, when a terrorist drove a white van through the Las Ramblas pedestrian walk in the city. At least 13 people were killed and 130 wounded. …

Good News

British tourists, Jet2 airline question why flight was shadowed by French jet

Brit tourists on a flight home from Spain have recalled the frightening moment a French fighter jet pursued their plane for up to 15 minutes.The French air force tracked a plane from low-cost airline Jet2, on its way to Birmingham from Malaga on Friday afternoon.<p>Jet2 said they have quizzed French …

Aviation

Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Tal Afar from IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Aabadi says the operation to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the Islamic State group has begun.<p>Al-Abadi says IS fighters inside the town have "no option" but to surrender or die.<p>Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the last …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Spain attacks: Police hunt Barcelona driver, probe suspected bomb factory

<b>Alcanar, Spain (CNN) —</b> An international manhunt was underway Saturday for the driver of a van that killed 13 people in Barcelona as police probed the wreckage of a suspected bomb factory for clues to the cell behind this week's two terror attacks in Spain.<p>The flattened ruins of a house in the …

Justice

Spain, a Leader in Foiling Attacks, Falls Victim to One Anyway

For more than a decade, Spain seemed immune to the steady eruptions of Islamist violence that rocked other European countries where radicalized young men, often from poor immigrant backgrounds, carried out devastating bomb, gun or vehicular attacks.<p>Spain’s security forces carved out a reputation as …

Terrorism

Boston braces for protests in wake of Charlottesville violence

Conservative activists and leftist counterprotesters prepared for a confrontation on Boston Common that could draw thousands a week after a demonstration in Virginia turned deadly.<p>Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers - some in uniform, others undercover - would be …

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