Under dusty fog cover, IS strikes Iraqi forces near Mosul
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:36:07 -0500
QABR AL-ABD, Iraq (AP) — Under the cover of dust and fog, Islamic State group fighters launched a series of counterattacks on Iraqi positions to the south and west of the militant-held city of Mosul late Friday night and into Saturday morning, according to Iraqi military commanders and officials.
Universities exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:40:15 -0500
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump.
Saudi king starts tour of Gulf Arab states with visit to UAE
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:32:24 -0500
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to begin a regional tour aimed at strengthening relations with four neighboring Gulf allies.
France pledges $30 million for wartime heritage protection
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:29:51 -0500
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime on Saturday, a first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants.
Fire at California loft party kills at least 9, two dozen missing
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:29:29 -0500
By Peter Henderson OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A fire during a party in a warehouse that housed artists' studios in Oakland, California killed at least nine people and left some 25 missing, and authorities said on Saturday they were preparing for a jump in the death toll. Fire officials have not yet determined how the fire started or an exact number of fatalities, said Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, who called it the worst single-structure fire she had seen in her career. "It's just so hard to accept that some really wonderful people's lives got cut short," said artist and activist Jenny Yang, 34, waiting for news of missing friends at Eli's, an Oakland bar that opened early as a gathering spot.
Syrian army advances in Aleppo as civilians flee
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:28:20 -0500
Syria's army advanced in east Aleppo Saturday in a devastating assault that has placed it in control of more than half the former rebel stronghold and sparked a civilian exodus. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled eastern neighbourhoods of the battered city since President Bashar al-Assad's regime began its latest offensive in mid-November. Overnight, government troops and allied forces seized the district of Tariq al-Bab where heavy fighting had raged a day earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
9 killed in Oakland warehouse fire, dozens more feared dead
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:27:32 -0500
At least nine people died and authorities said they feared the toll could rise as high as 40 in a fire that broke out during a rave at a converted warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area. Oakland fire ...
Media silence on eve of Italy's crunch referendum
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:24:38 -0500
Media silence was imposed across Italy Saturday on the eve of a constitutional referendum crucial for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has staked his future on the government reforms. In the frantic final round of campaigning which ended on Friday, Renzi's rivals vowed to defeat referendum proposals to streamline parliament and force the centre-left leader out of office. After Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's presidential triumph in the United States, Renzi is being portrayed as next in line to suffer a populist backlash from fed-up and forgotten voters.
Teyana Taylor advises Kanye on recovery: "Take your time"
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:14:05 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — Teyana Taylor has some practical advice for her mentor Kanye West.
Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:04:47 -0500
By Tom Perry, Isla Binnie and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo, where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the rebellion. In just over a week, the army and allied militias have seized large areas of the opposition-held territory in eastern Aleppo in a ferocious campaign that may leave the rebels with no choice but to seek a negotiated passage out of the city. With tens of thousands of civilians still living in the rebels' shrinking enclave, the U.N. envoy for Syria suggested eastern Aleppo could fall by the end of the year and hoped a way could be found to avoid a "terrible battle".