Democrats made gun violence one of the biggest issues of their four-day convention on Wednesday night, devoting nearly an hour to the topic. On a night otherwise devoted to President Obama’s primetime speech boosting nominee Hillary Clinton and to introducing her running mate — Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia — to the nation, Democrats set a somber tone for much of the night.
Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby strutted into the national spotlight last year when she filed criminal charges against six officers tied to Freddie Gray's death in police custody just days after the alleged crime. Such a high-profile failure would be a heavy blow for the career of any prosecutor, but Mosby's quick action has earned her significant support in the majority black city of 620,000 people, legal experts and civil-rights activists said. "She did what she had to do," said Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore City branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Warning of humanitarian catastrophe in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, the UN's aid chief on Wednesday called for scaling up efforts to address Africa's fastest growing refugee crisis. More than 2.8 million people have been displaced in northeastern Nigeria and parts of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, fleeing attacks by Boko Haram Islamists who have ransacked villages across the poverty-stricken region. "If we do not act now, the human suffering will only get more extreme," Stephen O'Brien told a Security Council meeting called to discuss the crisis.
A 27-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker who blew himself up in the southern German town of Ansbach was chatting online with a still-unidentified person immediately before the explosion, Bavaria's interior minister said Wednesday. Attacker Mohammed Daleel died and 15 people were wounded when his bomb exploded outside a wine bar Sunday night after he was denied entry to a nearby open-air concert because he didn't have a ticket. "There was apparently an immediate contact with someone who had a significant influence on this attack," state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said on the sidelines of a party meeting in Bavaria, news agency dpa reported.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft is not a real contender in the smartphone business when it comes to hardware, but the company keeps launching exciting new apps for other platforms – or buying cool mobile apps – in its quest to dominate iPhone and Android. One such app from the software giant is Pix, a “smarter” camera app that’s supposed to take better pictures than the default iPhone camera app. Or, at least, that’s what Microsoft says.
WikiLeaks has released 29 voicemails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, and they include several from unidentified party members upset by Bernie Sanders' influence on the party. One caller objects to Sanders' choices for the party's platform committee and doesn't even want the Vermont senator to have a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention. The caller — speaking about Sanders — says "he's not a Democrat.
Indonesia on Thursday rejected mounting international pressure and desperate pleas from relatives to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts who are expected to imminently face the firing squad. The group, including foreigners from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, have been placed in isolation on a prison island where Jakarta carries out executions. President Joko Widodo believes Indonesia faces an emergency due to rising drugs consumption and has dramatically escalated the use of capital punishment, putting to death 14 drug convicts, mostly foreigners, since he took power in 2014.
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 Tulay Karadeniz, Gulsen Solaker and Can Sezer ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey on Wednesday deepened a crackdown on suspected followers of a U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed coup, dismissing nearly 1,700 military personnel and shutting 131 media outlets, moves that may spark more concern among its Western allies. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania but whose movement has a wide following in Turkey where it runs a large network of schools, has denied any involvement in the failed putsch. Western governments and human rights groups, while condemning the abortive coup in which at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured, have expressed concern over the extent of the crackdown, suggesting President Tayyip Erdogan may be using it to stifle dissent and tighten his grip on power.
Many across the western U.S. who glanced up Wednesday night saw fiery streaks shoot across the sky, and experts said it was remnants from a rocket China launched in June. The debris passed over parts of California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Idaho, and prompted a number of social media posts of people asking about the meteor-like occurrence. Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center, told the Los Angeles Times that the debris was part of the Long March 7 Rocket that China launched on June 25.
Police officers in the U.S. are more likely to stop or arrest black, Hispanic and Native American people than they are to stop or arrest non-Hispanic white people, a new study finds. The researchers also found that more blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans were killed and injured by police over the study period than non-Hispanic whites. "Both blacks and white Hispanics are four times as likely to be killed by the police as white non-Hispanics are," said lead study author Ted Miller, a senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Maryland.
A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they've found it mixed with or passed off as heroin. The appearance of carfentanil, one of the most potent opioids known to investigators, adds another twist to the fight against painkillers in a country already awash in heroin and fentanyl cases. "It certainly is a very disturbing trend," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
The Institute of Economics annually produces the Global Peace Index that assesses the levels of peace in 163 independent states and territories. It takes into account factors like terrorism, political security and safety, and the perception of crime. The 2016 rankings of the Global Peace Index are now out. They rank every country in the world, allocating each a ‘Global Peace Index’ score.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange foreshadowed the release of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails more than a month before the archive of emails was published ahead of the Democratic National Convention. Assange’s comments in a June 12 interview with ITV made it clear that he intended to harm Hillary Clinton’s chance of winning the presidency, and timed the release of the emails to coincide with the start of the convention, an interview first highlighted by the New York Times.
Five US special forces troops have been wounded fighting the Islamic State group in eastern Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, the US commander said Thursday. Two of the troops have returned to duty after being treated for their wounds, while the other three were expected to recover fully, General John Nicholson, who heads the NATO force in Afghanistan, said in a video conference from Kabul. The Americans were wounded "in the last several days" while taking part in a joint operation with Afghan army troops in eastern Nangarhar province, Nicholson said.
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.
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations warned South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Tuesday that any political appointments must be consistent with a peace deal that ended nearly two years of civil war after Kiir replaced his vice president and rival Riek Machar. Machar left the South Sudanese capital Juba earlier this month after an eruption of violence in the city when forces loyal to Kiir and Machar battled each other for several days with tanks, helicopters and other heavy weapons. An August peace agreement states that the vice president must be chosen by the South Sudan Armed Opposition.
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.
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.