Maverick Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel delivered a speech tonight that would have been unheard of at a Republican convention not too many years ago: He proclaimed himself “proud to be gay,” decried “fake culture wars” and called for an end to “stupid wars” in the Middle East. “Instead of going to Mars, we have invaded the Middle East,” Thiel said to a packed auditorium. Then, after attacking Hillary Clinton for pushing for a military intervention in Libya, he added: “On this most important issue, Donald Trump is right.
Ten Brazilians who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group were arrested Thursday, authorities announced, describing them as "amateurs" who discussed on social media the possibility of staging attacks during next month's Olympics. Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said in the capital, Brasilia, that the 10 were being held on two terrorism-related charges and that two more people were being sought. Authorities said any attack plan would have had little chance of coming to fruition, citing the group's lack of resources and skills.
Obama also told reporters that Turkey's request for the extradition of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen -- blamed by Erdogan for the deadly unrest -- would be handled in accordance with US law and that "evidence" of wrongdoing by Gulen would be taken seriously. "Any reports that we had any previous knowledge of a coup attempt, that there was any US involvement in it, that we were anything other than entirely supportive of Turkish democracy, are completely false.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said. Fedor Konyukhov landed 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of Northam, where he started his journey on July 12, about three hours after he flew over the same town on his return, flight coordinator John Wallington said. Konyukhov's gondola — a carbon box 2 meters (6 feet, 7 inches) high, 2 meters long and 1.8 meters (5 feet, 11 inches) wide — bounced twice over 200 meters (yards) in an empty field and tipped on its side before the support crew grabbed it to prevent the deflating balloon from dragging it farther, crew member Steve Griffin said.
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.
Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump participated in a walk-through ahead of their speeches Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. And if there was any question whether the GOP nominee would be using a teleprompter during his highly anticipated
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!
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.
McDonald’s wants to make sure some users of the wildly popular Pokémon Go game don’t have to. The home of the golden arches will become the first major company to partner with Niantic, the developer behind Pokémon Go, the Associated Press reports. Although the game still hasn’t launched in Japan, that’s where the McDonald’s collaboration is set to take place.
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.
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By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will revisit a 2015 ban on police forces getting riot gear, armored vehicles and other military-grade equipment from the U.S. armed forces, two police organization directors told Reuters on Thursday. Shortly after the recent shooting deaths of police officers, President Barack Obama agreed to review each banned item, the two law enforcement leaders said.
The U.S. government is suing to stop two major health insurance mergers, a move regulators say is needed to protect Americans from potential cost hikes and lower quality care. The Department of Justice said Thursday that the combinations of Aetna and Humana and Anthem and Cigna would hurt competition that restrains the price of coverage and reduce benefits, among other drawbacks. Aetna Inc. proposed last summer to buy Humana Inc. for $34 billion, while Anthem Inc. moved to acquire Cigna Corp. for $48 billion.
30-Year-Old Artem Vaulin is the man reported to be behind Kickass Torrents, the file sharing site that recently surpassed The Pirate Bay in terms of illegal downloading. Vaulin has been charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement. The authorities used the Kickass Torrents fan page to zone in on Vaulin’s email, owned by Apple according to Gizmodo, and then passed through the channels to catch him.
Democratic politicians swiftly condemned Donald Trump’s Republican nomination acceptance speech on Thursday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as peddling prejudice and paranoia without offering any real solutions to the problems facing the United States. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, excoriated the real estate tycoon’s vision for the country before the night came to a close.
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.
Torrential rains that have swept through China have killed at least 154 people and left 124 missing, officials said Saturday, with most of the casualties reported from a northern province where villagers complained about lack of warning before a deadly flash flood. Most of the fatalities were reported in the northern province of Hebei, where the provincial Department of Civil Affairs said 114 people were killed and 111 others were missing. More than 300,000 people were evacuated in Hebei, and the province made another round of appropriations of tents, blankets, rain boots and generators, the department said.
A California community is in disbelief and mourning the loss of a 13-year-old girl who police say was killed by her 14-year-old brother.
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.
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 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".