President Obama leads mourners in singing “Amazing Grace” as he delivers a eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney during funeral services in Charleston, S.C., June 26, 2015. Pinckney was one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Ever since the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, presidents have been judged on the successes they notch during their first 100 days.
Australia said on Monday it was "deeply disappointed" Japan had continued whaling in the Southern Ocean after anti-whaling activists published a photograph of a dead whale, and two days after Australian and Japanese leaders discussed the issue. Australia has long opposed Japanese whaling and the contentious issue was raised in talks between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sydney on Saturday, sources familiar with the discussions said. "The Australian government is deeply disappointed that Japan has decided to return to the Southern Ocean this summer to undertake so-called 'scientific' whaling," Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said on Monday.
Viet Cong veteran Vo Ban Tam remembers the first time he crossed paths with John Kerry on the banks on the Bay Hap river, a day that ended in bloodshed. Almost a half-century later, the now 70-year-old Mekong Delta shrimp farmer locked eyes with the US Secretary of State on Saturday and they warmly grasped hands in mutual respect. Kerry returned to the Vietnam waterway at the end of a visit to the Communist nation, less than a week before he was to leave office, searching for the spot where he won a Silver Star for bravery as a young US Navy lieutenant.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has advised possible victims of kidnappings at sea to avoid getting abducted. Duterte’s comments were in response to series of kidnappings at sea — mostly by the local militant group Abu Sayyaf that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Duterte’s statement comes at a time when Abu Sayyaf threat in southwestern Philippines is increasing.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Chair of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, is interviewed on "This Week." Congressman Jacobs chair the house oversight committee joins us right now you just heard has tries what's the answer this question. Well it that the president elect has a duty and obligation to abide by the law and he is exempt from most all of these laws. My question is about they head of the go Office of Government Ethics is he acting ethically.
A man placed on the FBI's list of 10 most-wanted fugitives after authorities said he killed two men in Milwaukee was arrested Sunday in Texas, the FBI said. Terry A.D. Strickland, 24, was arrested in El Paso and booked into the jail. Authorities said Strickland was among a group of men arguing in front of a Milwaukee home July 17.
Linguist Zhou Youguang, the man who helped invent the Pinyin system used for writing Chinese worldwide before becoming an outspoken critic of the communist government died on Saturday in Beijing. Zhou, who was probably China's oldest dissenter, died Saturday at his house in the country's capital, a day after having celebrated his 111th birthday, state media said. Zhou is commonly known as the "father of Pinyin", a system for transliterating Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet introduced in the 1950s and now used by hundreds of millions of language learners in China, as well as abroad.
Leave it to a group that calls itself the Citizen Sleuths to uncover a new lead in the 45-year hunt for D.B. Cooper. The three amateur scientists have found rare-Earth elements on the JCPenney tie the infamous skyjacker left behind when he jumped out of a commercial airplane on a blistering night in 1971, with $200,000 in unmarked bills, a parachute, and a raincoat. The sleuths say the elements could indicate Cooper was an engineer or manager in the aerospace industry.
The mind-body connection is more than just a catchphrase: A new study finds that increased levels of stress are indeed linked to greater risk of a heart attack or stroke. Researchers found that the people in the study who had more activity in an area of the brain that regulates the body's response to stress and fear, called the amygdala, were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those with less activity in the amygdala, according to the study. "This study identifies, for the first time in animal models or humans, the region of the brain that links stress to the risk of heart attack or stroke," lead study author Dr. Ahmed Tawakol, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said in a statement.
King was a Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and civil rights leader who practiced peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience to protest racial inequality. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year, he and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing.
By Ju-min Park and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's special prosecutor said on Sunday it will take into account the economic impact of whether to arrest Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] leader Jay Y. Lee in connection with an influence-peddling investigation involving the president. The office also delayed by one day, until Monday, its decision on whether to seek the arrest of Lee, the third-generation leader of South Korea's largest conglomerate, or chaebol, citing the gravity of the case. The special prosecution had said it would make a decision on Lee by Sunday.
A lawmaker who has long been critical of Chancellor Angela Merkel's policies says she is leaving the German leader's conservative party, citing discontent over Merkel's approach to migrants. Erika Steinbach, 73, has been a lawmaker for Merkel's Christian Democratic Union since 1990. Steinbach has criticized the most recent Greek bailout and Merkel's welcoming approach to migrants in 2015.
After delaying the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket this week, SpaceX is finally ready for lift off Saturday. Falcon 9 will head into space from a launchpad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54 a.m. PST, or 12:54 p.m. EST, Saturday. The new Falcon 9 will carry 10 Iridium satellites into the planet’s orbit, according to America Space, and you can watch SpaceX live stream the event on its webcast page here. The pending launch of the Falcon 9 was a highly anticipated event, as followed a September attempt to launch a Falcon 9 craft carrying a satellite that resulted in the explosion of the craft.
By Isabel Coles MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - In some parts of Mosul, you can almost forget that a war is being waged over the city between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants who still control more than half of it - at least momentarily. Cars clog the streets, stalls are heaped with fresh produce and bicycles weave through the traffic, as the city slowly emerges from more than two years under the iron grip of Islamic State. As Iraqi forces prise away more and more of the militants' largest urban stronghold, a semblance of normality is returning to eastern districts that were retaken in the early stages of a campaign that began nearly three months ago.
The latest in a string of brutal prison massacres involving suspected gang members in Brazil has killed 26 inmates, most of whom were beheaded, officials said Sunday. The bloodbath erupted Saturday night in the overcrowded Alcacuz prison in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte. Similar violence at other jails in Brazil left around 100 inmates dead in early January.
A feud between Donald Trump and a prominent civil rights icon ramped up Sunday, as Vice President-elect Mike Pence jumped to his boss's defense while a growing number of Democrats vowed to skip the upcoming inauguration. Pence said he was "deeply disappointed" in veteran Congressman John Lewis's decision to boycott Trump's inauguration. "I was deeply disappointed to see someone of his stature question the legitimacy of Donald Trump's election as president and say he's not attending the inauguration," Pence said on Fox News Sunday.
Four kittens were rescued just in the nick after being abandoned in a cardboard during a snowstorm in Ohio. Thankfully a Good Samaritan spotted the box outside and called Cleveland police who took the animals to the Cleveland Animal Protective League,
The eagle has landed — on chickens and rare birds, with talons at the ready. The resurgence of the bald eagle is one of America's greatest conservation success stories. Federal protections mean farmers can do little to keep them away, said Ken Klippen, a poultry scientist and former farmer who heads the National Association of Egg Farmers.
Whether you’re a customer of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile, you can probably say that at some point you’ve wanted to drive your car through your respective wireless carrier’s front door. Most of us have enough sense to pull ourselves together before we smash the gas pedal, but one Florida woman apparently just couldn’t take it anymore and sped her SUV right through the massive glass wall at a local T-Mobile store. According to an employee of the store next to the T-Mobile outlet, the woman was cruising down the narrow sidewalk in front of the strip of stores before smashing through the glass.
Swiss police detained 32 Tibetans and Swiss nationals protesting against a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, a spokesman said. Swiss authorities had limited the duration of the protest in the center of Bern to two hours before noon (1100 GMT) to avoid the kind of confrontation that marked the last visit by a Chinese president 18 years ago. Several people near a security zone set up for the state visit failed to comply with police instructions, Bern cantonal police said in a statement.
Tens of thousands of people seeking better lives are expected to trek across deserts and board unseaworthy boats in war-torn Libya this year in a desperate effort to reach European shores by way of Italy. More than 181,000 people, most so-called "economic migrants" with little chance of being allowed to stay in Europe, attempted to cross the central Mediterranean last year from Libya, Africa's nearest stretch of coast to Italy. In the latest reminder of the journey's perils, more than 100 people were missing off Libya's coast over the weekend after a migrant boat sunk.
House Speaker Paul Ryan let the nation know that he was, in fact, well aware what dabbing was during his town hall interview with CNN Thursday. The 46-year-old even demonstrated the popular dance move and referenced NFL star Cam Newton's particular style of dabbing. Sometimes called honey oil, budder, shatter, wax, honeycomb or butane hash oil, dabs are mostly made by heating marijuana soaked solvents like butane or carbon dioxide, resulting in its sticky brownish-green candle-wax like texture.
By Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has left the country for neighboring Senegal, a coalition member and local media said on Sunday, a day after West African leaders failed to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to step aside. Barrow, a former real estate agent, won a Dec. 1 election in the former British colony by a slim margin. Long-ruling Jammeh conceded defeat but then changed his mind, plunging one of West Africa's tourist hot spots into crisis and dimming hopes for democracy in a region accustomed to coups and autocratic rule.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region held a dress rehearsal for the presidential inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
A Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport Monday, killing 32 people and destroying homes after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said. The majority of the dead were from the village of Dacha-Suu where the cargo plane crashed at around 7.30 am local time (0130 GMT), a spokesman for the country's emergency services, Muhammed Svarov, told AFP. At least four pilots on the flight, which was travelling from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, were among the dead, the emergency services ministry said, with one pilot's body yet to be found.