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|Pentagon says up to 1,000 US troops to withdraw from northern Syria|
|Sun, 13 Oct 2019 21:35:50 -0400|
The Pentagon said Sunday President Donald Trump had ordered the withdrawal of up to 1,000 troops from northern Syria -- almost the entire ground force in the war-torn country -- amid an intensifying Turkish assault on Kurdish forces. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the move came after the US learned that Turkey was pressing further into Syria than expected. The Kurds -- with whom the US partnered to combat the Islamic State (IS) group -- later announced they had reached a deal with the regime in Damascus to deploy Syrian troops near the border to confront the Turkish offensive.
|Family ends search for missing CEO after a body is found|
|Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:13:57 -0400|
The family of a missing Utah tech executive has called off a search for her after police reported that a body was found inside a parked car in the San Francisco Bay Area. Police in San Jose said the body was discovered Saturday in an area where Erin Valenti's family had been searching. "While we were praying for a different outcome, we are so appreciative for the help and support you have given," according to a Facebook post by the group Help Find Erin Valenti.
|HK leader ditches meeting Ted Cruz, says the U.S. senator|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 06:53:29 -0400|
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam scrapped a scheduled meeting with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the highest profile U.S. politician to visit the city since anti-government protests broke out more than four months ago, the senator said on Saturday. Lam had requested that the afternoon meeting be completely confidential and Cruz refrain from speaking with the media about it, Cruz told journalists in Hong Kong. "She seems to misunderstand how free speech operates, and also how freedom of the press operates," said Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas.
|Girl scales replica of Trump’s 'un-climbable' border wall|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:35:24 -0400|
|Harry Dunn: US woman allegedly involved in crash does not have diplomatic immunity, says Foreign Office|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:54:00 -0400|
The US diplomat’s wife allegedly involved in a crash which killed a teenager does not have diplomatic immunity, the Foreign Office has said.A letter, that appears to have been sent by foreign secretary Dominic Raab to Harry Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, says: “The question remains when such immunity comes to an end, regardless of any waiver.
|Merkel Says Germany and France Should Deepen Relationship|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 05:36:13 -0400|
(Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Pocket Cast or iTunes.Germany and France should deepen their relationship and coordinate policies more intensively, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her weekly podcast, ahead of a Franco-German ministerial meeting Wednesday.Merkel and several German ministers will travel to Toulouse next week to meet French counterparts and discuss how to intensify political coordination. For example, both governments should agree on common positions before each European Council meeting, she said.Germany and France are the motors of European security and defense policy, Merkel said. Wednesday’s talks will also deal with defense issues such as the next steps in developing European tanks and an airplane, according to the chancellor.Before the talks, Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse. The company is the “probably most important project of Franco-German collaboration of the past decades,” Merkel said.Germany and France also plan to foster contacts between citizens of both countries in areas near their border. She said other plans include the foundation of cultural institutes and a fund to facilitate such projects.To contact the reporter on this story: David Verbeek in Frankfurt at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Schaefer at firstname.lastname@example.org, Thomas MulierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
|Turkish-backed rebels accused of killing unarmed Kurdish civilians|
|Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:20:36 -0400|
Turkey’s Syrian rebels allies have been accused of killing a prominent female Kurdish politician and at least eight other unarmed civilians as they advance into northeastern Syria, raising fears of further atrocities to come. Kurdish forces also said 785 family members of Islamic State (Isil) fighters had escaped from a camp amid the chaos and warned the West that resurgent jihadists “will come knocking on your doors” if the Turkish offensive is not stopped. Kurdish officials said rebel fighters intercepted a car carrying Hevrin Khalaf, a Kurdish political leader with Future Syria Party, and murdered her along with her driver and an aide. “She was taken out of her car during a Turkish-backed attack and executed by Turkish-backed mercenary factions,” the Syrian Democratic Council said in a statement. The Syrian rebels, known as the National Army, denied they were responsible for the killing and insisted their forces had not yet reached the area where Ms Khalaf was killed. The car carrying Ms Khalaf was riddled with bullets But video footage appears to show National Army fighters surrounding her black SUV, which is riddled with bullet holes. The Arabic-speaking fighters step over a male body on the ground but there is no sign of Ms Khalaf in the video. The footage suggests the fighters attacked the car from the outside, rather than stopping it and dragging out its occupants. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, said the rebels had killed at least eight other civilians as they advanced towards the strategic M4 motorway with the support of Turkish airpower. Another video appears to show several Arabic-speaking fighters shooting an unarmed man on the side of a road. “God is great,” cries one man in the video, before urging a comrade to film him shooting the corpse with a sniper rifle. The Syrian rebels take arms and directions from Turkey Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Western-backed Kurdish fighters who led the fight against Isil, have repeatedly warned that Turkey’s rebel allies are “jihadists” whose share the ideology of al-Qaeda-linked groups in northwest Syria. In social media posts, National Army fighters sometimes use the language of Islamist extremists, referring to themselves as “soldiers of the caliph” and promising to fight “Gods' enemies, atheists, and those filthy Arab infidels beside them”. The National Army committed a spree of murders and looting when they seized control of the border town of Afrin from Kurdish forces last year, according to human rights groups. Turkey says the Syrian rebel forces will be at the forefront of its operations against Isil once the campaign the SDF is completed. But in social media videos, the fighters express more appetite for fighting the Kurds and the Assad regime than the jihadists. Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters walk together near the border town of Tel Abyad, Syria Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi Elizabeth Tsurkov, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said not all the Syrian rebels held extremist ideology and many were motivated by Turkish financial incentives. “The main ideology they hold is sectarian: they anti-Kurdish and they are Arab chauvinists,” she said. She added they were unlikely to be effective at combating Isil in northern Syria. “If we look at the way these factions rule northern Aleppo we can see they are an ineffective counter-terrorism force because of their poor discipline and organisation. “They do what they are told to by Turkey but they do it very poorly.” The SDF also said 785 people from the families of some Isil fighters had escaped from the Ain Issa camp in northern Syria as it was forced to divert troops to face the Turks. The SDF said the women and children had managed to get free from the camp, where thousands of Isil family members are being held, and warned the international community there would be more escapes if the Turkish-offensive was not stopped. “We call on all of you to shoulder your responsibilities and to intervene quickly to prevent a catastrophe that will not only affect Syria, but will come knocking on your doors when things get out of hand,” Kurdish authorities said in a statement. The Syrian Observatory said it was “anarchy” inside the camp. There have been uprisings by Isil prisoners and their families at a number of Kurdish facilities in recent days.
|BEHOLD: Is China's DF-26 Missile a Real Threat to U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers?|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:00:00 -0400|
|Norwegian Cruise Line passengers demand refunds after ship skips several scheduled stops|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:31:10 -0400|
|Pope elevates British convert Newman to sainthood|
|Sun, 13 Oct 2019 05:51:12 -0400|
Pope Francis created five new saints on Sunday, including Britain's Cardinal John Henry Newman -- one of the Catholic Church's most renowned converts -- and a nun dubbed the "Mother Teresa of Brazil". Heads of state from across the world attended the canonisation ceremony, which also raised a Swiss laywoman plus two other nuns -- an Indian and an Italian -- to the highest position within the Church. "Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new Saints," the pope told the faithful on Saint Peter's Square.
|Police: No evidence of shooting after Florida mall lockdown|
|Sun, 13 Oct 2019 21:54:18 -0400|
Reports of possible shots at an upscale Florida mall sent panicked people running and triggered a lockdown for several hours Sunday, but a SWAT team's search found no evidence of any shooting and police issued an all-clear after nightfall. One person was injured, apparently leaving the mall in Boca Raton, police said. Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander said Sunday evening that authorities conducted a sweeping search but found no evidence to confirm the initial reports.
|Israel asks Putin to pardon U.S.-Israeli jailed for Moscow airport transit drugs|
|Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:38:47 -0400|
Israel asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday to pardon a U.S.-Israeli woman given a 7.5-year jail sentence for drugs found in her luggage as she transited through a Moscow airport. Naama Issachar's case has opened up an unusually public rift between Israel and Russia. Issachar was arrested in April during a layover in flights from India to Israel.
|USS Ford Will Set Sail With Only 2 Out of 11 Weapon Elevators|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:00:00 -0400|
|California becomes first US state to ban fur products|
|Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:40:24 -0400|
California has become the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products.On Saturday, California’s governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law to prohibit residents from making or selling items such as clothing, shoes or handbags made of fur.
|WTO Chief Says No Exceptions for UK-EU Trade in Hard Brexit|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:19:22 -0400|
(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.In the event of a no-deal Brexit there will be no special rules for trade between the U.K. and the European Union, the World Trade Organization’s director-general Roberto Azevedo said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. A trade without customs duties would only be possible, if customs would be removed for all other trading partners, too, he said.Azevedo also asked the 164 WTO member countries to cooperate more constructively, saying that the world trade system is in its worst crisis since the 1930s. The WTO is the last institution “that separates us from the law of the jungle” he said.To contact the reporter on this story: David Verbeek in Frankfurt at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Schaefer at firstname.lastname@example.org, James LuddenFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
|Harry Dunn: Anne Sacoolas says she is 'devastated' over the crash|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 16:54:55 -0400|
The US diplomat's wife who claimed diplomatic immunity after allegedly killing a British teenager in a crash has said she is "devastated by this tragic accident". Anne Sacoolas, 43, wants to meet Harry Dunn's parents when they travel to the US this week to apologise, her lawyer said. She spoke out on Saturday night after Mr Dunn's family confirmed they have arranged to meet her legal team in America "at the earliest possibility". It is the first contact between the two parties since Mrs Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and left the UK in the wake of Mr Dunn's death on August 27. The 19-year-old was killed when his motorbike collided with a Volvo outside an RAF military base in Northamptonshire. The 43-year-old suspected driver, Anne Sacoolas, who is reportedly married to a US intelligence official, was granted diplomatic immunity following the accident Mrs Sacoolas, who is reportedly married to a US intelligence official, was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road at the time. "No loss compares to the death of a child and Anne extends her deepest sympathy to Harry Dunn’s family," her lawyer said in a statement obtained by ITV News. "Anne would like to meet with Mr. Dunn’s parents so that she can express her deepest sympathies and apologies for this tragic accident." Ms Charles and Mr Dunn met with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab this week but said it hadn't helped them make any progress in their fight to get Mrs Sacoolas back to the UK. "Mrs Sacoolas should do the humane thing: get on a plane and come back," said Ms Charles following the meeting. "I still don't see how it can be humanely correct to get on a plane and run away from what she's done and try to continue her life." Harry's parents have vowed to take legal action against Ms Sacoolas, who left the UK shortly after he died Mr Raab sent a letter to Mr Dunn's parents saying that Mrs Sacoolas's diplomatic immunity no longer applies because she has returned to the US. He wrote that the US also considers that "immunity is no longer pertinent" and that the case is now a matter for Northamptonshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service to take forward. Legal experts have already suggested that Mr Dunn's family will have the right to sue Mrs Sacoolas outside the UK's jurisdiction. During a phone call with Boris Johnson on Wednesday, US president Donald Trump said he was committed to finding a solution as soon as possible and sent his condolences to Harry's family. The Prime Minister has said that although Mr Trump was sympathetic towards their views on the use of diplomatic immunity, the US are "very reluctant" to allow citizens to be tried abroad. On Friday, Mr Johnson said America is "absolutely ruthless" in its safeguarding of Mrs Sacoolas. Alleged Serious and Significant Offences (Diplomatic Immunity): 2015 A statement released on behalf of Harry's family said:"As if losing Harry was not enough, they now find themselves having to expend enormous time and energy, which they can ill afford, generating sufficient publicity to garner public support to persuade the US government to help achieve closure and return the driver Mrs Sacoolas to England to face the consequences of her actions. "Sadly, all such efforts to date have failed. The parents, after a brief period of rest, are therefore now taking their campaign to the USA and will visit New York City and Washington DC over the coming days, engaging with the media and politicians as they reach out for support from all Americans and to ask them to put pressure on the US administration to do the right thing."
|Can The U.S. Army's Latest Air Defense System Handle 21st Century Warfare?|
|Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:37:00 -0400|
|Nancy Pelosi doesn't have to hold House impeachment inquiry vote. But the speaker should.|
|Sun, 13 Oct 2019 20:49:25 -0400|
|One dead, multiple injuries in New Orleans hotel collapse|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 18:07:07 -0400|
One person died and at least 18 others were injured Saturday when the top floors of a New Orleans hotel that was under construction collapsed, officials said. The New Orleans fire department received reports at 9:12am local time that the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown New Orleans had collapsed. One person died at the scene, according to Fire Chief Timothy McConnell, who added that the building is now structurally unstable.
|Gunman opens fire at church wedding ceremony, 2 people shot|
|Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:13:44 -0400|
A gunman opened fire at a wedding ceremony inside a New Hampshire church Saturday, shooting two people including the presiding bishop before guests tackled the shooter and pinned him to the ground until police arrived, authorities said. Dale Holloway, 37, has been charged with first degree assault for shooting Stanley Choate, 75, in the chest at the New England Pentecostal church, according to the state's attorney general office. A second person, Claire McMullen, 60, was shot in the arm.