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.
U.S. officials say electric power has been restored to the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey. The base had been operating on a backup generator since July 16, when power was shut off at all military bases in Turkey following a failed military coup. Turkish authorities have alleged that planes involved in the coup attempt were refueled by Turkish planes housed at the base.
Heavy rain in China has killed at least 87 people and forced thousands from their homes, state media reported on Saturday. Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department. In the central province of Henan, 15 people were killed and eight were missing after thunderstorms and strong winds forced 72,000 people from their homes and damaged 18,000 houses, Altogether about 8.6 million people have been affected by the flooding, according state media and local government reports.
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.
The Dallas Police Department has seen job applications surge threefold following the mass shooting that killed five officers earlier this month. The department received 467 job applications in the 12 days after the July 7 shooting, Reuters reported on Friday, citing city officials. At a press conference last week, Dallas Police Chief David Brown asked people to “become a part of the solution” and apply for a job.
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.
Puerto Rico's governor announced Friday that he will not authorize aerial spraying with the insecticide naled to fight an increase in Zika cases as U.S. health officials have urged. Instead, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said he will support the spraying of Bti, an organic larvicide. Zika can cause microcephaly, a rare defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.
By Richard LeongNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock prices rose on Friday, marking four straight weeks of gains, while sterling dropped on bleak data that raised fears about a possible British recession following the country’s June 23 vote to leave the European
Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, received the most love during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Com on Friday. “I was in L.A. a few days ago at the hotel and all their doorstops said Hodor on them. Co-creator David Benioff confirmed Hodor’s name and death had been A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin’s idea.
Hillary Clinton introduces her new running mate, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, at rally in Miami, and says the Democratic vice presidential nominee is "everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not." Photo: Getty
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.
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.
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.
By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors on Saturday for an unprecedented attack on ageing President Robert Mugabe and vowed to identify its unnamed authors and put them on trial. Mugabe abruptly cancelled a hastily arranged news conference on Friday evening meant to respond to the veterans. War veterans have accused her of having too much influence over her 92-year-old husband.
Several people were killed on Friday in a shooting rampage in a Munich shopping centre and the attacker or attackers are still at large, police said. The Bild newspaper reported that a gunman ran through the mall near the Olympic stadium in the southern German city, firing on several people before fleeing in the direction of a nearby metro station. “There are several dead and injured,” a Munich police spokeswoman told AFP, adding that the shooting had started shortly before 1600 GMT at a McDonald’s restaurant.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will convene her security council Saturday to address the deadly shooting rampage in Munich, her chief of staff Peter Altmaier said. "The cabinet ministers concerned are on their way to Berlin," he added. Beyond the chancellor and her chief of staff, the German security council includes the ministers for foreign affairs, defence and interior affairs as well as other top officials.
BMW has unveiled a special M5 Competition Edition. Dubbed the ‘ultimate’ version of the German automaker’s mid-size sedan, it is a limited edition 592bhp RWD monster which we believe the company has unveiled to bring the fight to the soon-to-be-launched Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. In BMW parlance, Competition means better than the best which in the larger scheme of things means this is a high performance version of a high performance car.
A 65-year-old Russian adventurer reached the Australian coast on Saturday and was within a few hours of setting a new record for flying solo nonstop around the world, an official said. Fedor Konyukhov's 56-meter (184-foot) -tall helium and hot-air balloon was descending as it crossed the southwest coast directly over the city of Perth at 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour and at an altitude of less than 7,000 meters (23,000 feet), support crew member Steve Griffin said. When he drifts across 117 degrees longitude east of Perth, he will have shaved two days off the record of 13 days and eight hours set by American businessman Steve Fossett in 2002.
“There is no argument, on current evidence, for a safe level of drinking with respect to cancer,” Jennie Connor, the author and a professor of epidemiology at Otago University in New Zealand, wrote in the analysis, published Thursday in the scientific journal Addiction. Connor’s report found there is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer of the liver, colon, rectum, esophagus, larynx, pharynx and female breast. “Alcohol consumption is one of the most important known risk factors for human cancer and potentially one of the most avoidable factors, but it is increasing worldwide,” the authors of that study wrote.
On Saturday, a breakaway faction of opposition politicians replaced First Vice President Riek Machar with Taban Deng, a top opposition leader. The internal party coup comes shortly after Juba saw days of running street battles between President Salva Kiir’s government forces and those of the opposition, and just three months after a unity government between Mr. Kiir and Machar was formed to put an end to civil war.
A fast-moving wildfire that has already blackened some 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares) of drought-parched land northwest of Los Angeles was threatening some 1,000 structures on Saturday, fire officials said. "Because this is the fifth year of an ongoing drought we have a lot dry vegetation," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told a news conference.
A woman has been booked into Cleveland County, Okla. jail on one count of child abuse. The arrest comes after medical crews were called to a home with an unresponsive four-month-old baby.
A federal judge said Friday that he is inclined to deny a request by Donald Trump's lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the Republican presidential nominee of defrauding customers at the now-defunct Trump University. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel did not elaborate on his thinking during a lengthy hearing in San Diego — one day after Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Trump's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, urged the judge to reconsider, calling the lawsuit a "gross overreach" of federal civil racketeering statutes.
Police are investigating how a man's body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports. "Hungry Jack's is cooperating with all relevant authorities regarding the matter at its restaurant in Balga, Western Australia," the fast-food outlet said in a statement. Western Australian police gave no indication of how long the man had been dead before his body was discovered inside the locked cubicle.
The world's leading economies must do more to boost slowing global growth, the International Monetary Fund and Washington urged as G20 finance ministers gathered Saturday, with Britain's vote to leave the European Union threatening more disruption. Central bank chiefs and finance ministers from the world's top 20 economies met in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, and US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told journalists it was "a time of continuing uncertainty in the global economic outlook". Britain's new finance minister Philip Hammond on Saturday met his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble for the first time, and held talks with Chinese central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan.