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Murder of Imam leaves NY Muslims fearful

The stifling August heat lay motionless in Ozone Park, a religiously and culturally diverse community in Queens, a New York City borough just 16 kilometers southeast of lower Manhattan.Every few minutes, a roaring A train passes overhead on Liberty Avenue, pausing any casual conversation. Then mostly silence again.Just two days prior, on the sidewalk beneath the subway tracks at Liberty ... Read More »

New York Imam shooting suspect arrested on murder charges

New York (AP/UNB) — Police charged a man late Monday night with murder in the brazen daytime shooting deaths of an imam and his friend as they left a New York City mosque over the weekend. Oscar Morel, 35, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Charges against the Brooklyn man were ... Read More »

Chaos over ‘shots fired’ at JFK

Flights in and out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport are back on schedule after a false gunman scare last night led to evacuations and a four-hour sweep of two terminals. Passengers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport were told to take cover behind ‘anything’ they could find by police on Sunday night – as unfounded ... Read More »

Syria truces help terrorists get arms, munitions: Lavrov

Agreeing that three-hour ceasefires are not enough to alleviate the humanitarian crises in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out that earlier short-term truces had only helped terrorists replenish munitions and their ranks. “The main issue is not that there’s anyone unwilling to alleviate the humanitarian situation, but it is of utmost importance that terrorists would not be getting ... Read More »

Republican letter urges party to cut Trump’s funding

More than 70 Republicans have signed a letter to the party’s National Committee head urging him to stop helping Donald Trump’s campaign.They said Mr Trump’s “divisiveness” and “incompetence” risked drowning the party in November’s election.The letter said that the party should instead focus on protecting vulnerable candidates in elections to the Senate and the House of Representatives.Former members of Congress ... Read More »

US secret service inquires Trump camp on gun control comment

A US Secret Service official confirms to CNN that the USSS has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his Second Amendment comments. “There has been more than one conversation” on the topic, the official told CNN. But it’s unclear at what level in the campaign structure the conversations occurred. The campaign told the USSS that Donald Trump did not intend ... Read More »

White suicide bomber suspect killed near Toronto

Canadian police reportedly killed a lone suspect in a major anti-terrorist takedown operation on Wednesday. The suspect was linked to Islamic State and believed to be behind a suicide bomb plot on a major Canadian city. The suspect was identified as Aaron Driver, 24, according to Canadian media. Read More »

Putin, Erdogan pledge reset after diplomatic rift

Saint Petersburg (BSS/AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday pledged to reinvigorate ties after their first meeting since Ankara shot down a Russian warplane last November. Erdogan’s visit to Putin’s hometown of Saint Petersburg is also his first foreign trip since the failed coup against him last month that sparked a purge of ... Read More »

Pro-Trump art reinstated after New York ‘arson’ attack

Staten Island (BSS/AFP)- When arsonists reputedly set fire to some Donald Trump “lawn art” outside a New York family home, the man billed as the only conservative artist in America came out swinging. Scott LoBaido simply erected a bigger version of the sculpture — a giant “T” covered in stars and stripes — on the same patch of lawn on ... Read More »

Putin meets Erdogan since downing of Russian jet

Turkish president Recep Tayip Ergodan is meeting with “his friend” Vladimir Putin in hopes of turning a fresh page in the two countries’ relations. It is their first meeting since Turkey downed a Russian bomber over Syria last November. Ankara appears to expect much from the meeting, which is taking place in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Read More »

Republican security experts call Trump ‘most reckless’

An open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts has warned that nominee Donald Trump “would be the most reckless president” in US history. The group, which includes the former CIA director Michael Hayden, said Mr Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president. Many of the signatories had declined to sign a similar note in March. Read More »

Republicans warn Trump: Right the ship or lose Senate

Republican leaders are watching Donald Trump’s campaign with growing alarm as they fear a landslide at the top of the ticket could wipe away their hard-fought congressional majority.For months, top GOP leaders had counseled their candidates to run their own races, separate themselves from the ugly back-and-forth of the presidential contest and focus on the accomplishments Republicans have achieved on ... Read More »

Suicide Attack Kills Dozens At Hospital In Pakistan

A suicide bomber has killed at least 70 people at the main gate of a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, where lawyers had gathered to honor a prominent colleague who was shot dead earlier the same morning, authorities said.The extremist group Islamic State and a faction of the Pakistani Taliban issued conflicting claims of responsibility for the August 8 attack that ... Read More »

Donald Trump admits he gets confused and makes things up

Robert Mackey Donald Trump admitted on Friday that a story he has been telling audiences at rallies on Wednesday and Thursday — that he had seen a video shot and distributed by the Iranian government showing the world a “top-secret” American shipment of cash arriving in Iran — is completely false. In other words, he mistakenly thought grainy video images ... Read More »

World’s first gen-III nuclear power unit connects to Russian grid

Reference project of Rooppur nuclear power plant – Unit 6 of Novovoronezh NPP in Russia becomes the world’s first Generation-III+ nuclear power unit to be successfully connected to grid. Trial connection of the unit with the VVER 1200 reactor having a capacity of 1200 MW was made Thursday, August 5 at 03:35 hrs Moscow Standard Time to release its first ... Read More »

Republican billionaires break for Hillary Clinton

Meg Whitman and Seth Klarman join onetime GOP Mayor Michael Bloomberg in trashing Trump and offering their voice—and their cash—to the Democratic nominee. Russell Berman Donald Trump is hemorrhaging support among the people that should understand him best: billionaires. In the last several days, two wealthy Republican donors, one former GOP mayor, and the nation’s second-richest person have all thrown ... Read More »

Islamic State likely to continue to threaten US: Obama

The Islamic State group will probably continue to be a threat to the U.S. even after it is ousted from key strongholds in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday, warning that lone-wolf believers will still be inspired to launch attacks that are harder to detect and prevent.Speaking to reporters after meeting with his top national security advisers in ... Read More »

US heavy weapons found in terrorist-held Aleppo district

Footage has emerged online allegedly showing mortars, anti-tank missiles and grenades being uncovered along with a quantity of western (mostly US)-made weapons and ammunition in territories abandoned by terrorists in Syrian Aleppo. The video appeared online on Thursday and purported to show the discovery of a large cache of western arms and ammunition in a house in Aleppo’s eastern Bani ... Read More »

Trump unfit to be president – Obama

President Barack Obama has said Republican nominee Donald Trump is unfit to be president, and questioned why his party still supports the New York billionaire’s candidacy.There has to come a point at which you say: ‘Enough’,” Mr Obama said.Mr Trump is under fire for attacking the parents of a dead US Muslim soldier after they criticised him.On Tuesday, he turned ... Read More »

Obama calls Trump ‘unfit’, asks GOP to drop support

Washington (AP/UNB) — In a searing denouncement, President Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump as “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to serve in the White House on Tuesday. He challenged Republican lawmakers to drop their support for their party’s nominee, declaring “There has to come a point at which you say enough.” Read More »

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is ‘the devil’

Republican candidate Donald Trump has called Democratic rival Hillary Clinton “the devil”, in the face of continuing fire from within his own party. Speaking at a rally in a high school gym in Pennsylvania, Mr Trump attacked Bernie Sanders for capitulating to Mrs Clinton in the Democratic race. “He made a deal with the devil,” the tycoon said. “She’s the devil.” Read More »

Russian helicopter shot down in Syria, killing all 5 onboard

A Russian transport helicopter was shot down in opposition rebel territory in northern Syria on Monday and all five crew and officers onboard were killed, the Kremlin said, in the deadliest single incident for the Russian military since its involvement in Syria’s civil war.The Mi-8 helicopter was shot down in Idlib province while returning to the Russian air base on ... Read More »

Trump under fire for saying Crimea people want to be with Russia

Senior current and former officials in Ukraine were outraged with US presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called their country “a mess” and said the people of Crimea would rather be with Russia than with Ukraine. In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week’, Trump said he would look into how Crimea broke away from Ukraine after a 2013 armed ... Read More »

Hillary accuses Trump of ‘degrading comments about Muslims’

Ashland (AP/UNB) — Hillary Clinton said Sunday that Donald Trump repaid the “ultimate sacrifice” of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq with insults and degrading comments about Muslims, as the soldier’s bereaved father pressured Republican Party leaders to distance themselves from the GOP presidential nominee. Clinton’s comments came after Trump refused to back down from his criticism of the ... Read More »

Fury as Trump mocks US Muslim soldier’s mother

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has attracted outrage by mocking a dead US Muslim soldier’s mother. Khizr Khan — whose son died in Iraq — accused the Republican presidential nominee of vilifying US Muslims in a steely rebuke that electrified the Democratic convention on Thursday. Humayun Khan was killed by a car bomb in 2004 in Iraq at the age ... Read More »

Turkish forces surround Incirlik air base for ‘inspection’

Some 7,000 armed police in heavy vehicles surrounded the Incirlik air base used by NATO forces in Adana in what a Turkish minister called a “security check.” With no official explanation, speculations have arisen about a new coup attempt or VIP visit. Hurriyet reported earlier that Adana police had been tipped off about a new coup attempt, and forces were ... Read More »