Trump's decision to skip hosting an iftar dinner comes after a controversial statement he made at the start of the holiday.'Disappointing' »
A close look at labor statistics shows that retail jobs are falling, even as the national unemployment figure stays low.
An off-duty black St. Louis police officer's race factored into him being mistakenly shot by a white officer who didn't recognize him after a shootout with black suspects this week, the wounded officer's lawyer contends. The 38-year-old black officer was off duty when he heard a commotion near his home and ran toward it with his service weapon to try to help his fellow officers, police said. St. Louis' interim police chief, Lawrence O'Toole, said the incident began when officers with an anti-crime task force followed a stolen car and were twice fired upon by its occupants.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview to explain why he isn't prepared to vote for the Senate's healthcare bill.
The death toll from multiple attacks in Pakistan rose to 57, officials said Saturday, a day after the bomb and gun assaults in three cities shook the country as it prepared to mark the end of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. Officials in Quetta said the number of dead had risen by one to 14 after a blast in the southwestern city which targeted police. The attack was claimed by both the local affiliate of the Islamic State group and by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban, according to the SITE monitoring group, though there was no immediate explanation for the dual claims.
Germany was bracing for panda mania as furry ambassadors arrive from China on Saturday, destined for a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, will be jetting in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. Berlin's mayor, China's ambassador to Germany and a gaggle of journalists will greet the VIPs as LH8415 pulls to a stop on the tarmac of Schoenefeld airport.
By Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - Fifteen people were killed in a landslide in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday and about 100 were believed to be still buried in the debris and feared dead, state media said. The landslide swept over more than 60 homes as dawn broke in Xinmo, a remote village in north Sichuan province. Rubble slid 800 meters (half a mile) down a steep slope to block a 2 km stretch of river and 1.6 km of road, official state news agency Xinhua said.
Martin Shkreli is set to stand trial in a New York federal court Monday for security fraud. The notorious former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. In addition to security fraud, the 34-year-old is accused of wire fraud, conspiracy, and mismanaging money at his investment funds Elea Capital, MSMB Capital, MSMB Healthcare, as well as while CEO of Retrophin (RTRX), the pharmaceutical company he founded in 2011.
Nationwide, hot car deaths are up and there’s a push for new legislation in Congress that would require all passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.
A independent Bahraini newspaper has sacked its staff three weeks after Sunni-dominated authorities banned it on accusations that it "sows division" in the Shiite-majority Gulf kingdom. "We regret to inform you that the board of directors... has decided to terminate the employment contracts with the employees," board chairman Adel al-Maskati wrote in English in a message addressed to "all staff" on Saturday. The information ministry banned Al-Wasat in early June "until further notice" for its "violation of the law and repeatedly publishing information that sows division in society and affects Bahrain's relations with other states," said BNA state news agency.
Donald Trump has defied calls to appoint a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism across the world despite growing pressure from Jewish groups and Congress. The two remaining staffers in the US State Department's office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism are reportedly set to be reassigned next month, which will leave the branch completely unstaffed after 1 July. President Trump is legally required to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position created under former president George W. Bush.
Approximately 1,200 high school students in Brentwood, Long Island graduated on Sunday capping a tumultuous year of gang violence that started with the killing of two fellow students. "Brentwood has afforded us the opportunity to gain exposure to diverse cultures, to showcase our multiple gifts and talents and to change without apology," said Reeda Iqbal, Harvard-bound valedictorian at Brentwood High School's Sonderling Center campus. Iqbal, whose parents emigrated from Pakistan, and Michael Simoes, valedictorian at the school's Ross Center campus, have said their stories of scholarship and perseverance deserve as much attention as the carnage .
Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck. The landslide swept over 46 homes as dawn broke at around 6 a.m. in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, a remote mountainous area of north Sichuan close to the region of Tibet, according to the official Xinhua state news agency. President Xi Jinping urged on the rescue effort, but state broadcaster CCTV reported that by midday the only people rescued were a couple and their two-month-old baby.
Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania treated 10 patients on the organ transplant waiting list with a Hepatitis C infected kidney. All 10 got the virus and were treated with one pill for 12 weeks. Today, all 10 are healthy with functioning kidney.
Asian carp can weigh up to 100lbs and often outcompete other fish. An Asian carp has been found just miles from the Great Lakes, beyond an electrified barrier designed to keep the invasive species from entering the ecosystem and wreaking the sort of damage seen elsewhere in the US. The carp was sent to Southern Illinois University for further analysis.
By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein. Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but regard Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili as the leading contenders, though neither would be likely to assume Baghdadi's title of "caliph", or overall commander of Muslims. Russia's defense ministry said last week Baghdadi may have been killed in an air strike in Syria and Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian parliamentarian on Friday as saying the likelihood that he had been killed was close to 100 percent.
Three federal police officers were mowed down Saturday in Mexico's Veracruz state, where gunman also killed a family of six, in the latest spasm of violence linked to criminal gangs. In the nearby city of Coatzacoalcos, the dead included two adults and four children who died in a hail of bullets as they ate dinner at an outdoor restaurant. Authorities added that two women were fatally shot in the town of Orizaba, also in Veracruz, one of Mexico's most violent states.
While most years the champion of the Sonoma-Marin Fair's signature event in California is usually a puppety Chinese crested or cross-eyed Chihuahua (or some unholy mixture in between), 2017 is the year of the big, ugly dog. Meet Martha, the 3-year-old Neopolitan Mastiff that won over the judges and the crowd for her drooling, excess skin and endless wrinkles. “We were impressed by a 125-pound dog with 300 pounds of skin.
A New Jersey College president fired a professor for appearing on Fox News.
Barack Obama received an “intelligence bombshell” from the CIA to warn him of a hacking campaign led by Vladimir Putin to help Donald Trump win the US election, it has been reported. The Russian president had given specific instructions on the operation’s objectives to defeat Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton, and help get her opponent elected, the Washington Post revealed in a special report. Citing interviews with current and former senior US officials, the newspaper detailed how the Obama administration allegedly considered retaliating against Putin by releasing intelligence on him, and planting “cyber weapons” in Russia’s infrastructure to destroy its economy.
A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes. The magnitude 5.6 quake struck about 7 a.m. at a shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles) in Nagano prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 5.2.
The attack was planned by three groups — two based in Mecca and one based in Jeddah — the ministry said, according to reports. This was not the first mosque targeted during the holy month of Ramadan. Earlier this week, militants attacked the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq on Wednesday with the Islamic State group (ISIS) allegedly responsible for it.
An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced back to Australia Sunday due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was "shaking like a washing machine". The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced problems about 90 minutes into the journey. It landed safely, with Perth Airport reporting a "technical issue".
A new study conducted by Rutgers School of Public Health found a connection between hair dye and relaxer usage and an increased chance of developing breast cancer. The study found that African-American women who used dark brown or black hair dyes saw a 51 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer. White women who used chemical relaxers had a 74 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer.
By Michael Georgy AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group's low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have gained significant ground in the battle for Raqqa, the operational base for Islamic State over the past three years and a symbol of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Senior SDF figures predict Raqqa could fall within months.
Mary Dawes (center), Genevive’s mother, becomes emotional during a news conference. A grand jury has indicted a Dallas police officer on a charge of aggravated assault for firing into a moving car and killing a 21-year-old woman. Christopher Hess, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation into the death of Genevive Dawes, Dallas police said in a statement on Friday.