In a prime-time address, the president says the U.S. will remain in the war-torn region despite his "original instinct" to withdraw.'Weary of war without victory' »
In the wake of deadly clashes outside a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, plans for a “free speech” rally in Boston Saturday featuring speakers with links to the “Unite the Right” event in Virginia sent a wave of anxiety through the city, which despite its progressive reputation and historical association with abolition also has its own history of racial animosity. “Free speech” has become a rallying cry for some on the right, in opposition to what they say is censorship of their views in the media and on college campuses.
The grieving family of Julian Cadman, the British boy killed in the Barcelona terror attack, said they will never forget his smiles. The seven-year-old was in the Spanish city with his mother, Jumarie Cadman, to attend a family wedding when they were hit by a rented van as it careered down Las Ramblas, killing 13 and injuring more than 100. Mrs Cadman was seriously injured and in a coma, as of Sunday morning, unaware of her son's death, a senior Catalan Government source told the Telegraph.
The U.S. Navy says divers are assessing the damage to the hull of the USS John S. McCain after a collision ripped a gaping hole in the ship's side near the waterline. Aircraft from the USS America and ships and aircraft from the Malaysian and Singaporean navies were continuing to search for 10 sailors missing since the destroyer and an oil tanker collided east of Singapore around daybreak Monday.
Crowds along the West Coast of the United States were awed by the eclipse of the sun, turning out in huge numbers to observe the celestial phenomenon. People massed in an arc across the western part of the country to witness the rare event, with large gatherings reported in multiple states that fall under the "path of totality" in which a total eclipse is visible. Spectators directly in the path of totality were treated to a rare sight, when the sun and moon align directly and the only visible portions of the sun were the solar flares that shoot out from the sun’s surface, visible only along the edges of the black circle created where the moon obscured the closest star to earth.
If cloud cover, work or geography stand in the way of witnessing Monday's solar eclipse, don't despair. There are plenty of other ways to bear witness to the first total solar eclipse to cross the North American continent in 99 years.Be it at your work
By Steve Holland and John Walcott BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on Monday night, the White House said on Sunday, with a modest increase in U.S. troops possible. A White House statement said Trump's 9 p.m. (0100 GMT Tuesday) speech from Fort Myer, Virginia, near Washington, would "provide an update on the path forward for America's engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia." Trump will be making the third prime-time address of his seven-month-old presidency after a particularly bruising week in which he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for violence at a Virginia rally this month organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
One of two girls facing trial for stabbing a classmate as a sacrifice to Slender Man has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Anissa Weier, 15, entered her plea Monday to one count of second-degree homicide as an accomplice, with use of a deadly weapon. Initially, she faced an attempted first-degree intentional homicide charge in the vicious stabbing of Payton Leutner in 2014.
A couple aboard a Southwest Airlines flight who engaged in a sexual act mid-flight was questioned by local authorities upon landing but will not face charges, according to reports. The airline told International Business Times that the incident occurred on a Saturday flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas and apologized to other passengers aboard the flight. “On Saturday, two passengers traveling on Southwest flight 3246 from Atlanta to Las Vegas were engaged in inappropriate activity,” Southwest Airlines told IBT by email.
At least it did for Eddie Chen and, presumably, for many of the 420,000 of his Taiwanese compatriots who opted to earn a higher salary by working in mainland China. “China has a bigger market and there is more globalization here,” he explains. Official government statistics reveal that by 2015 over 720,000 out of Taiwan’s roughly 10-million strong workforce, 72.5% of them with an undergraduate degree or higher, had moved overseas for better job opportunities.
Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe flew home from South Africa on Sunday, state media said, ending a week of confusion over her whereabouts after she allegedly assaulted a model. Mugabe, who had been sought by police for allegedly attacking the 20-year-old model at a Johannesburg hotel, was granted diplomatic immunity in the case by South Africa's foreign minister on Saturday. "The minister has made the determination that the conferring of diplomatic immunity is warranted in this particular instance," the ministry said Sunday, citing a need "to maintain good inter-governmental relations" in the region.
For decades survivors of the USS Indianapolis, sunk by Japanese torpedoes at the end of World War Two, believed the remains of the heavy cruiser and resting place of their shipmates would never be found. Arthur Leenerman, a 93-year-old survivor, said he had wished for years that the wreck would be found. “It brings a little bit of closure to all those families and especially those survivors who can now see their shipmates’ final resting place,” he said.
Dozens of students have rallied at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in response to the deadly chaos that erupted earlier this month at a white nationalist rally elsewhere in that city. Coverage of the event on social media showed students marching on the historic grounds of Virginia's flagship public university. The event was billed as a "reclaim our grounds" rally and organizers said it was held to highlight the advances made at the university and beyond to end racism and discrimination in recent decades.
Yes, the total solar eclipse has finally arrived. The Moon is seen as it starts passing in front of the Sun during the solar eclipse August 21, 2017 from Ross Lake, North Cascades National Park, Washington.
On the farm in the path of totality in Eureka, Missouri where I’ll be viewing the eclipse, the moon’s shadow will entirely cover the sun for about two minutes. There’s a very good chance those will be the only two minutes I’ll spend in an eclipse’s path of totality in my life. Millions of people have flocked to areas of the U.S. that are in the 'path of totality' in order to experience a total solar eclipse.
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday his country had foiled Western designs to topple him but his army had not yet won the fight to end Syria's six-year-old insurgency. In an televised address, Assad said that even though there were signs of victory after six-and-a-half years of civil war, the "battle continues, and where we go later and it becomes possible to talk about victory...that's a different matter". "Their direct support - politically, economically and militarily - has made possible bigger advances on the battlefield and reduced the losses and burdens of war," Assad added.
A man who rammed a car into two bus shelters in southern France on Monday, killing at least one person, was known to police for minor crimes and had psychological issues, a police source said.A judicial source said the incident, four days after an attacker
A university professor murdered his boyfriend as part of a sexual fantasy hatched with an Oxford University administrator he met online, prosecutors say. Northwestern University microbiology professor Wyndham Lathem and Oxford bursar Andrew Warren have appeared in court charged with the sexually motivated murder of Lathem’s boyfriend Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, who was stabbed 70 times with such force that he was nearly decapitated. Prosecutor Natosha Toller told the Cook County court that Lathem, 46, and Warren, 56, had communicated for months about “carrying out their sexual fantasies of killing others and then themselves”.
The wife of the California man who died after a van attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday said she feels “empty” without him
China on Monday renewed its call for the United States and South Korea to suspend joint military drills as the two nations began annual war games that have infuriated nuclear-armed Pyongyang. "The current situation on the Korean peninsula is highly sensitive and fragile, which requires the directly concerned parties including South Korea and US to make joint efforts to ease the tensions," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. Beijing has pleaded for a resumption of long-dormant six-nation talks to peacefully resolve the nuclear crisis.
Researchers have found the wreckage of the US warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometres) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday. The cruiser was returning from its mission to deliver components for the atomic bomb that would soon be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima when it was fired upon in the North Pacific Ocean by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. The World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945 is seen off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California on July 12, 1945, after her final overhaul and repair of combat damage.
Jerry Falwell Jr. is defending President Trump’s response to the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. “The only groups he identified by name and causing what happened in Charlottesville were the Nazis, the KKK and the white supremacists,” Falwell said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. Trump first asserted that “many sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, where white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with counterprotesters during a rally protesting the removal of a Confederate statue.
The world can't stop talking about Monday's total solar eclipse, and astronauts are no exception. People on the International Space Station (ISS) will see the eclipse as well—three times, according to NASA's predictions. "Over three different passes, we'll get to see the solar eclipse looking up from the station on the first one," astronaut Randy Bresnik told Space.com recently.
“Nothing has changed,” 70-year-old Lou Tomososki told NBC’s “Today” show of the damage he sustained. Tomososki said he was walking home from high school in Bend, Oregon, with his friend, Roger Duvall, in 1962 when they both looked up at the sun, each with one eye.
Police put up scores of roadblocks across northeast Spain on Sunday in hopes of capturing a fugitive suspect from the 12-member Islamic extremist cell that staged two vehicle attacks and plotted much deadlier carnage using explosives favored by Islamic State militants. While police have identified the 12 members of the cell, three people remain unaccounted for: two believed killed when the house where the plot was being hatched exploded Wednesday, and a suspected fugitive, Catalan police official Josep Lluis Trapero told reporters Sunday. Trapero declined to confirm that Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan, was the one at large and the suspected driver of the van that plowed down Barcelona's Las Ramblas promenade Thursday, killing 13 people and injuring 120.
Plymouth Long Beach in Massachusetts was closed for a few hours after a white shark was spotted by a passenger on a chartered boat half a mile off the coast around 10 a.m. EDT Sunday. The shark, at least 12 feet in length, reportedly came up to the surface when the passenger on the boat was trying to reel in a striped bass on his fishing line, Mass Live reported. Assistant harbor master, Alex Robinson, told Boston Globe the shark came up to the fishing line, ate the fish caught in it and went back into the waters.