The mayor of this largely white, historically working-class Boston suburb is promising not to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall despite complaints from police officers across the state. Mayor Joe Curtatone, a white Democrat, said Thursday it's "OK to disagree" and the only way to resolve the impasse is through an "open dialogue" about race. "That sign is not coming down," he insisted while standing in front of City Hall flanked by the police chief and two deputy chiefs.
The move comes after footage aired by the Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC) showed young inmates allegedly being abused by guards. Following a national outcry, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered a royal commission to investigate the mistreatment of children in detention. The government is also planning to move detainees out of the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre — the facility featured in a report by the ABC program Four Corners — and possibly into former immigration holding centers, the Guardian reports.
By Lisa Barrington and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians. The announcement came as Russia and President Bashar al-Assad's government declared a "humanitarian operation" in the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo, opening "safe corridors" so people can flee Syria's most important opposition stronghold. Washington said that appeared to be an attempt to depopulate the city and make fighters surrender.
A Japanese man who admitted murdering 19 people at a centre for the mentally disabled grinned at news cameras Wednesday before being questioned about the country's worst killing spree in decades. With a blue jacket draped over his head, Satoshi Uematsu was escorted out of a police station into a waiting van before a crowd of flashing cameras. Uematsu's self-styled mission to rid the country of the mentally disabled -- laid out earlier this year in a long letter that came to light Tuesday -- has shocked Japan, as has the carnage at the Tsukui Yamayuri-en centre in the city of Sagamihara outside Tokyo.
ABC's Liz Kreutz gives insight on why Tim Kaine was chosen to run with Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton ABC this crisis was inside. Good morning banning can this last night we saw Hillary Clinton's newly minted running mate Tim Kaine out there acting attack dog mocking.
Award-winning photographer Khue Bui is on the ground for Yahoo capturing scenes from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. From protests outside to the convention floor and the quirky stuff in between — we will be presenting his exclusive photographic report throughout the week. See our complete convention coverage here. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr!
Past earthquakes that damaged ancient temples perched high in the Himalayas could be harbingers of dangerous quakes to come, new research suggests. "The supporting pillars and temple structures are tilted with respect to their original positions.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law, Aparecida Schunck, has been kidnapped in Brazil. Australia's Herald Sun claims the ransom is the highest ever demanded in Brazil's history. Schunck, 67, was reportedly captured in the Interlagos region of Sao Paolo, Brazil.
FBI Director James Comey said government and the tech industry need to sort out their differences over encryption before "something terrible happens" that would make productive conversations impossible. Acknowledging that talks will probably have to wait until after a new president takes office next year, Comey said that it's up to the American people — not the FBI or the tech companies — to decide how to resolve the issue. "At some point encryption is going to figure into a major event in this country," Comey said.
The failed coup in Turkey offers a unique chance to end the dangerous levels of polarisation in the country, the main opposition leader told AFP Wednesday. In an interview at the Republican People's Party (CHP) headquarters in Ankara, Kemal Kilicdaroglu also urged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to uphold the rule of law during his post-coup purge. The CHP leader held an unprecedented meeting two days ago with Erdogan at his presidential palace in a bid to forge national unity in the wake of the July 15 coup.
The city has launched a review of protocols at all of its summer camps after a 7-year-old boy wandered away unnoticed from a camp at a beach and later was found dead in the water. City officials and police are trying to piece together what happened in the approximately 30 minutes between the time Kyzr Willis was last seen Tuesday afternoon and when he was reported missing from the Curley Community Center, Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday. The community center in the city's South Boston neighborhood is where the day camp is held and includes a beach bathhouse where the boy was seen.
By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs to Beijing's international reputation if flouted the court's decision. Earlier this year, U.S. officials spoke repeatedly of the need for countries in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere, including the European Union, to make it clear that the decision of the court should be binding.
Robert Herjavec was so touched by the story of 4-year-old Orange County boy Liam Brenes that he offered to replace the prosthesis that was swiped by heartless thieves on Sunday morning. "He sounds like an amazing person and he still just wanted to do something," Amanda McFarland said.
Paul Manafort, chairman for Donald Trump’s campaign, said on CBS “This Morning” Wednesday that Trump has no financial relationship with Russia, calling the claim “an absurd attempt by the Clinton campaign to get the focus off what the real issue is” — Hillary Clinton’s private email server. This Morning Co-Anchor Norah O’Donnell asked Manafort if Trump would be willing to release his taxes to be more transparent on any financial relationships he may have. Manafort said that Trump has said he will not be releasing his taxes, as they’re under audit, adding that he believes Trump has no financial relationship with Russian oligarchs.
Archaeologists have found the location of a long-sought Spanish fort on the South Carolina coast at the site of what was once the first capital of Spanish Florida. A release from the University of South Carolina says the site of San Marcos, one of five forts built during the 21-year history of the early settlement of Santa Elena, has finally been located on Parris Island near Hilton Head Island. University of South Carolina archaeologist Chester DePratter and Victor Thompson of the Center for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Georgia, have conducted research for the past two years to find the site of the 1577 fort.
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged, drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles made steady progress in containing the blaze on Wednesday, after a bulldozer operator helping to fight a smaller wildfire in central California died overnight when his machine overturned. Some 3,000 firefighters battling the so-called Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest extended containment lines around 40 percent of the 38,350-acre (15,520 hectare) blaze by Wednesday morning, according to fire information officer Sam Wu. The blaze has destroyed 18 homes as it tears through drought-stricken chaparral and brush, spewing out smoke that prompted the South Coast Air Quality Management District to warn residents in parts of Los Angeles County to avoid outdoor activities.
With those words, scientists aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus uncovered a marine mystery: a small purple orb tucked halfway under a rock off the coast of California. "None of the known species of California pleurobranch are purple," said Susan Poulton, a spokeswoman for the E/V Nautilus expeditions. It was found on July 18, during an E/V Nautilusexploration of Arguello Canyon, west of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
About three dozen protesters gathered outside of City Hall during a weekly demonstration against police violence, this time just hours after Baltimore's top prosecutor dismissed the three remaining cases against officers charged in the death of a young, black man whose neck was broken in custody. Organizer Tawanda Jones said Wednesday evening that she wasn't surprised prosecutors dropped all of the charges against the three remaining officers in the Freddie Gray case. Jones says that given the previous acquittals in the cases against the officers' co-defendants, she would have made the same choice as State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel, who interrupted her summer holiday to face the media in Berlin, said the four assaults within a week were "shocking, oppressive and depressing" but not a sign that authorities had lost control. Merkel repeated her rallying cry from last year when she opened the borders to people fleeing war and persecution, many from Syria, which brought nearly 1.1 million migrants and refugees to Germany in 2015.
In a story July 18 containing brief profiles of victims of the truck attack in Nice, France, The Associated Press, citing an interview widely circulated in French media after the attack, identified a 27-year-old Parisian named Timothe Fournier as one of those killed. The terror attack on a crowd gathered along a beachfront promenade to watch a Bastille Day fireworks celebration in Nice, France, killed dozens of people, including children. The driver of a truck indiscriminately drove through the crowd last week, taking the lives of 84 people, including a mother and her daughter and six members of a family.
After making a mark with its budget-friendly smartphones, China’s Xiaomi has finally entered the market for ultraportable laptops as it unveiled the Mi Notebook Air at a press event Wednesday. The laptop bears striking similarities to Apple’s MacBook Air, which is not exactly new since Xiaomi has made smartphones in the past that looked strikingly similar to the iPhone. The ultrathin laptop comes in two size variants — 13.3 inches and 12.5 inches that weigh 2.82 pounds and 2.36 pounds respectively.
Despite the kitschy viral madness that was the “Ice Bucket Challenge” way back in 2014, the funds that the challenge raised have now been directly linked to a major breakthrough in ALS research. If you recall, for every video or picture people posted of either themselves or their family doing the challenge, they were also meant to donate any amount of money to the ALS Association. The ALS Association then donated $1 million of the total amount raised to the UMass Medical School’s Project MinE, which has now discovered a gene that could offer treatments or further clues about how to target a currently untreatable and incurable disease that is newly diagnosed in about 5,000 people every year in the United States alone.
Venezuelan police blocked a march Wednesday by opposition protesters demanding a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, a prospect looking less likely as the leftist government digs in its heels. "Venezuela is a pressure cooker, a volcano.
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Germany have discovered a bacteria hiding out in peoples' noses that produces an antibiotic compound that can kill several dangerous pathogens, including the superbug MRSA. The early-stage finding, reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday, could one day lead to a whole new class of antibiotic medicines being developed to fight drug-resistant bacterial infections, the researchers said. As well as being a focal point for many viral infections, the nasal cavity is also a rich ecosystem of 50 or so different species of bacteria, lead researcher Andreas Peschel of the University of Tuebingen told reporters in a telephone briefing.