Coming to you live every morning from Cleveland, Unconventional is the one thing you need to read to understand what’s really happening at the conventions. Each edition will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest (and weirdest) moments of the day, with original dispatches from the entire Yahoo Politics team — plus a sneak peek at what’s next. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016.
Anger erupted on Saturday over floods in northern China that left more than 200 people dead or missing, with media and internet users accusing officials of negligence. Torrential rain has lashed the north this week, and a flashflood near the town of Xingtai in Hebei province, which left at least 23 dead and 13 missing, has become a focus of the public's dissatisfaction with the government's response to the disaster. Angry villagers have blamed local officials for failing to warn them of the impending deluge, with Hebei Satellite TV showing one resident saying water had reached chest-level before an alarm was raised.
Police in Thailand questioned the wife of British journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall on Friday, reportedly grilling the Thai national over recent social media posts by her husband that may have breached the country’s strict lèse-majesté laws. Marshall said in a Facebook post that police raided the Bangkok family home of his wife Noppawan “Ploy” Bunluesilp, 38, which she was visiting with the couple’s 3-year-old son. Thitirat Nongharnpitak, commander of Central Investigation Bureau, confirmed the detentions to Agence France-Presse, and said a laptop, iPad and documents were also seized.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 200, marking the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of their growing strength and capability in Afghanistan. The attack was the deadliest to hit Kabul in 15 years of civil war. It struck a demonstration by Afghanistan's Hazara ethnic community, who were marching for a major regional power line to be routed through their home province.
At a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Hillary Clinton reacted to the Republican National Convention, saying, “I never thought I'd say this, but Ted Cruz was right,” agreeing that people should vote their conscience this November.
The 17-year-old asylum-seeker who wounded train passengers in an ax attack claimed by Islamic State tried to destroy his SIM card and internal mobile phone storage, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has said investigations suggested he was a "lone wolf" who had been spurred into action by Islamic State propaganda. Citing security sources, the magazine said investigators had been able to attribute two Facebook profiles to the attacker and the information on those filled several thousand pages.
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.
The Obama administration, in a major surprise, on Thursday, launched a nationwide plea for advice — technical, practical, legal and even religious — on ways to settle the bitter controversy over the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate. This appeared to be a sign that private talks with religious groups over the issue have not reached a solution. In each of the federal appeals courts where single cases or groups of cases were returned by the Supreme Court in mid-May, in hopes of a bringing about a compromise, administration lawyers on Thursday filed documents spelling out their plan to reach well beyond the groups involved in the cases, soliciting answers from anybody who is interested to a series of questions on possible ways to avoid an impasse. On Friday, the government followed up with a lengthy document published in the forum it uses for formal actions and announcements, the Federal Register. The five-page document listed the questions and inviting comments from what the government described as “a wide variety of stakeholders.” Replies are due by September 20 — about two months from now.
Brazilian police arrested 10 people who allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group on social media and discussed possible attacks during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, officials said Thursday. Brazilian police arrested 10 people who allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group on social media and discussed possible attacks during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, officials said Thursday. Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said in the capital, Brasilia, that 10 suspects had been detained and two more were being sought. All are Brazilian, and one is a minor. The gender of the people was not given. Police acted because the group discussed using weapons and guerrilla tactics to potentially launch an attack during the Olympics, which begin Aug. 5, Moraes said. However “they were complete amateurs and ill-prepared” to actually launch at attack, Moraes said. “A few days ago they said they should start practicing martial arts, for example.” Still, Moraes said even disorganized groups should be taken seriously. Last week the top military aide for Brazil’s interim government said concerns over terrorism had “reached a higher level” after the attack in Nice, France. Security has emerged as the top concern during the Olympics, including violence possibly spilling over from Rio’s hundreds of slums. Authorities have said they will be prepared and that some 85,000 police and soldiers will be patrolling during the competitions. (AP) Here’s a look at security in Rio de Janeiro as it ramps up ahead of the 2016 Olympics. Find more news-related photo galleries on the Yahoo News Photo Tumblr!
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.
On Thursday, July 21, 2016, Yahoo National Political Columnist Matt Bai, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, and Yahoo Chief Washington Correspondent Olivier Knox sit down with former United Kingdom Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage. The four
The pilot who flew missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have gone off route and crashed in the Indian Ocean, conducted a simulation of a similar path just weeks prior, New York magazine reported. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the highly respected airman at the helm of the plane, used an elaborate home-built flight simulator to steer himself over the Strait of Malacca and into the remote southern Indian ocean, a course with striking resemblance to the route MH370 is believed to have taken. The finding, which casts a shadow of suspicion over the 53-year-old pilot, was published Friday by New York magazine, which obtained a confidential document from Malaysian police investigating the incident.
Hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers set off on foot Friday toward Serbia's border with Hungary to protest its decision to keep its border closed for most people trying to reach the European Union. Migrants held cardboard placards saying "Hungary Open Borders" or "No Borders, No Fence" as they marched Friday in a long column along a road leading north from Belgrade toward the Hungarian border 200 kilometers (120 miles) away. Most migrants appeared to be young men who stand little chance of entering Hungary or other EU nations.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate for the 2016 election, ending months of speculation about her pick and setting the stage for a heated general election against Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. The announcement, made on Friday night from Clinton’s Twitter account, comes a day before Clinton and Kaine are set to campaign together in Florida. Clinton’s decision to draft the mild-mannered Kaine is intended to help her consolidate support among white voters and bring a workmanlike partner with her into the White House.
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.
New York City Department of Health officials said the baby's mother was infected after traveling to an area with ongoing Zika transmission. U.S. health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.
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Hundreds gathered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Friday to honor police officer Matthew Gerald, one of the three cops shot dead by a troubled ex-Marine last weekend. The 41-year-old, himself a former Marine and Iraq veteran, only joined the Baton Rouge Police Department last year. At the funeral, Gerald's childhood friend Dave Mulkey said he'd texted the officer as protests broke out following the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.
NASA's intrepid Curiosity rover on Mars now has the ability to choose an interesting rock target and fire its scientific laser at it autonomously. A car-sized rover can select a rock it wants to shoot with a laser and then actually fire it all without human intervention. The rover's new autonomy is made possible by using software that helps Curiosity pick out rock targets based on brightness and size parameters laid out by scientists ahead of time, according to NASA.
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday tentatively rejected Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by Trump University students who said they were defrauded through its real-estate seminars. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego told a hearing he would take under consideration arguments on both sides in the case and issue a formal written ruling in the coming weeks. The lawsuit, one of at least three over the defunct Trump University, was filed on behalf of students who paid up to $35,000 to learn Trump's real estate investing "secrets" from his "hand-picked" instructors.
Turkey on Friday detained almost 300 members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's guard and began shaking up the security forces one week after a failed coup, as US President Barack Obama denied having any prior intelligence of the putsch. Supporters celebrated the coup's failure to unseat Erdogan, but the Turkish strongman faced growing global criticism over the mass detentions and sackings of tens of thousands of people. In the latest swoop, Turkey detained 283 members of the presidential guard, an official said, There are at least 2,500 members of the guard, according to local media.
As the result of an altercation with a former University of Michigan State football player earlier this month, the Golden State Warriors star has taken a plea agreement that limits his punishment to a paltry fine and one-year restraining order against the victim. The former Spartans star was arrested for assault in East Lansing on July 11.
A fire official says a big wildfire in mountains just north of Los Angeles and its suburbs is a threat to 1,000 homes. Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief says a wind shift is expected Saturday afternoon and communities have been put on alert. The fire erupted Friday afternoon in the city of Santa Clarita and spread southeastward into the Angeles National Forest, scorching more than 17 square miles.
Venezuela’s McDonald's has stopped selling Big Macs due to food shortages within the country. The franchisee, Buenos Aires–based Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc., told Bloomberg that the situation was “temporary.” Food shortages in Venezuela, however, have been ongoing amid an escalating political and economic crisis. “Ordinary people have not been getting enough to eat for some time, but now the situation means we’re hearing of families where one kid doesn’t eat at least one day a week, or parents go without food to give what little they have to their children,” Phil Gunson, a Caracas-based senior analyst for the International Crisis Group, told The Christian Science Monitor in June.
A Chicago gang member was sentenced to 90 years in prison after he shot and killed a pregnant teenage girl who plead with him for her life, according to PEOPLE. Timothy Jones, 23, was sentenced on Monday in Cook County after being convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm in the August 2011 killing of Charinez Jefferson, then just 17, prosecutors said in a release. Jones saw Jefferson with a rival gang member and fired at him but missed, say prosecutors.
A Colorado man who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria, his mother said. 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.