As GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, he was briefly interrupted by veteran protester Medea Benjamin. Benjamin was forcibly removed from the convention floor by police. “He’s a danger to our country and the world! He’s a danger to all of us! Say no to Donald Trump! He’s a danger to the world!” she exclaimed.
Wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Friday lodged an appeal against his genocide conviction and 40-year jail sentence, accusing UN judges of "subjecting him to a political trial". Prosecutors at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague also appealed on several grounds including against judges finding Karadzic not guilty on one count of genocide, and called for his sentence to be increased to life imprisonment. Karadzic, who appealed on 50 grounds, "was subjected to a political trial that was simply designed to confirm the demonisation of him and the Bosnian Serb people," his lawyer Peter Robinson said in a statement.
Turkey will be able to extend detention times for suspects and issue decrees without parliamentary approval under a three-month state of emergency approved Thursday by lawmakers following last week's attempted military coup. Parliament voted 346-115 to approve the national state of emergency, which gives sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had been accused of autocratic conduct even before this week's crackdown on alleged opponents. Erdogan has said the state of emergency will counter threats to Turkish democracy.
Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she has picked Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate, making a safe, centrist choice that will likely disappoint some in the progressive wing of her party. Clinton is expected to appear with Kaine this weekend in south Florida, where the 58-year-old former governor will likely show off his fluent Spanish picked up in his younger days during a year in Honduras working alongside missionaries. The pair is set to campaign together in Miami on Saturday and then head to the Democratic National Convention next week.
A hospital in Libya's second city Benghazi said Friday it had received the bodies of 14 people killed execution-style, in what the UN envoy said was a "war crime". The unidentified bodies were found Thursday and brought to the Benghazi Medical Centre by members of the Red Crescent, a doctor at the facility told AFP. UN envoy to Libya Martin Kobler denounced the killings, branding them a "war crime" in a message posted on his Twitter account.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Residents of a small farming community in eastern Colorado have been warned to avoid drinking the town’s water after THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana, was found in one of its feeder wells, authorities said on Thursday. A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 people 90 miles southeast of Denver, detected the chemical and health officials believe it is “marijuana THC-related,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook posting. Colorado allows both medical and recreational marijuana use.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, left, talks with protesters on Wednesday. CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are warning the public not to accept stickers from strangers after two officers working protests at the Republican National Convention suffered mysterious skin irritations. “If you’ve received a sticker from someone you that you don’t know, that you stuck on your skin, we advise that you remove it and wash the area with soap and water,” Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia, a police spokeswoman said Thursday night.
Ash Whitaker, a 16-year-old transgender boy in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is suing school officials at Kenosha Unified School District for allegedly planning to make him and other transgender students wear the bright green identification wristband. Whitaker's lawsuit claims that in May a guidance counselor at Tremper High School showed him a green wristband the school intended to make him and other transgender students wear the following school year.
Firefighters say a plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood in a northern Illinois city. Joliet Fire Captain Jeff Allbert said Thursday morning that crews are responding to the crash. (July 21)
When Ivanka Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention Thursday night and pledged that her father would support working mothers, it was one of the few times the campaign has addressed the issue in the year Donald Trump has been running for president. “Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company,” Ivanka said.
The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is "satisfied" with the court ruling that upholds the ban on Russian track and field athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. WADA had already supported the IAAF decision last month to uphold the suspension, which was first imposed in November following allegations of systematic doping in Russia.
By Samia Nakhoul, Nick Tattersall and Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan promised on Thursday to quickly restructure the armed forces in order to prevent another coup attempt, signaling a major overhaul in the military as emergency rule took hold across the country. Erdogan's comments to Reuters in an interview - his first since announcing the state of emergency late on Wednesday - come as Turkey seeks to assure its citizens and the outside world that the government was not turning its back on democracy and returning to the harsh repression of past regimes. With authorities cracking down on tens of thousands of people in the judiciary, military, education and civil service sectors after last weekend's failed military coup, a lawmaker from the main opposition party said the state of emergency created "a way of ruling that paves the way for abuse".
India on Friday mounted a massive search and rescue operation for an Indian Air Force plane that went missing with 29 people on board over the Bay of Bengal. With concern mounting hours after its disappearance, five surveillance aircraft and 13 navy and coastguard ships launched the search for the aircraft, which vanished shortly after take-off from the southern city of Chennai. The aircraft was on its way to Port Blair, the capital of the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands.
A Colorado man who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria, his mother said Thursday. Susan Shirley said the U.S. Consulate in Turkey called her Tuesday to tell her that her son Levi Shirley, 24, was killed July 14 by a land mine. "He saw ISIS as a terrible evil, and that just was not OK with him," Shirley said.
Colorado wildlife officials on Wednesday helped rescue a bear that had been wandering around for days with a plastic container stuck on its head. Residents had seen the 2-year-old black bear cub walking around with what appeared to be a clear plastic Cheese Balls jug on its head for at least five days, but the animal kept darting off before they could help, The Aspen Times reports. Jim Hawkins, who owns a local bed and breakfast in Glenwood Springs, spotted the cub again on Wednesday and quickly wrangled it with a rope before calling authorities.
A Korean War veteran was held hostage for more than four years by a man who stole his Social Security and pension checks, police said. Perry Cogliano, 43, was being held in lieu of $15,000 cash bail on charges of grand larceny, unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of a weapon, endangering an incompetent person, menacing and unlawful possession of marijuana. Cogliano lived next door at the Academy Motel in Highlands and was arrested Tuesday evening following a two-week investigation by local police, who received cell phone video from a concerned neighbor showing the elderly man being shouted at and abused by Cogliano, cops said.
Typically, the impending release of a new iPhone model focuses on whatever cool and exciting new features Apple has in the works. The iPhone 7, though, is a bit different. In fact, it's not unreasonable to say that the upcoming unveiling of the iPhone 7 has been marked by controversy more than anything else.
One of the world’s most popular file-sharing websites, Kickass Torrents, was down Thursday following the arrest of alleged founder Artem Vaulin in Poland Wednesday. With users looking for alternative options, here’s a look at everything you need to know about Kickass Torrents and the current situation. What is Kickass Torrents?
CLEVELAND — Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Thursday that it was “understandable” to him that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, did not endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during his convention speech. Cruz “was in the fray,” Portman told Yahoo News in an interview. “I thought in a way the reaction to him not explicitly endorsing Donald Trump probably unified the convention floor more than anything else that I’ve seen,” Portman said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called Friday for a new anti-doping commission to be created to shape Russia's future strategy, as the country faces possible exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Putin did not directly address allegations that Russian government officials helped to cover up hundreds of doping cases, but said the state was resolutely opposed to performance-enhancing drug use. "In sport there is not and cannot be a place for any doping," Putin said.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine Thursday deflected a question about whether he wanted to be Hillary Clinton's running mate, only saying he's "not looking for another job." Kaine spoke following an immigration reform roundtable. (July 21)
The brazen murder of a prominent independent reporter in a Kiev car bombing has sent chills through Ukraine's tight-knit journalistic community at a time when it already faced grave threats. The killing on Wednesday of Ukrainska Pravda reporter Pavel Sheremet came 16 years after the beheading of Giorgi Gongadze -- the news site's founder, who appeared to probe too deeply into the dark side of what was then a Russian-backed state. Ukraine's 2014 pro-EU revolution that culminated in the ouster of Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych had spawned new hopes and expectations for journalists in the former Soviet nation.
US-backed fighters on Thursday gave the Islamic State group 48 hours to leave the battleground Syrian town of Manbij, after US-led air strikes nearby killed scores reported to be civilians. Elsewhere, a monitor said at least 51 civilians were killed in bombing raids on rebel-held areas across Syria. The 48-hour ultimatum was issued by the Arab-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is fighting IS with coalition air support.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The earth is on track for its hottest year on record and warming at a faster rate than expected, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday. Temperatures recorded mainly in the northern hemisphere in the first six months of the year, coupled with an early and fast Arctic sea ice melt and "new highs" in heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels, point to quickening climate change, it said. June marked the 14th straight month of record heat, the United Nations agency said.
Although it was initially unclear how many were aboard the aircraft, the pilot was killed, Joliet City Manager Jim Hock said, adding that it was "very fortunate" no other injuries resulted from the crash. Authorities believe the fuel tank ruptured when the plane hit the street and ignited a fire that spread to a house to the north, Joliet Deputy Fire Chief Ray Randich said at a news conference. The crash happened in Plainfield, which is next to Joliet, and the Joliet Fire Department responded to the scene.