Follow along with the Yahoo Politics team as we provide updates from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. From the speeches to the protests and everything in between, this will be the go-to place for the latest news all week long.
By Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - A 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested on Sunday after killing a pregnant woman with a machete in Germany, the fourth violent assault on civilians in western Europe in 10 days, though police said it did not appear linked to terrorism. The incident, however, may add to public unease surrounding Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy that has seen over a million migrants enter Germany over the past year, many fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. The Syrian had been involved in previous incidents causing injuries to others, and had apparently acted alone, a police spokesman said.
Sen. Tim Kaine received a hero's welcome outside his Richmond home, capping off his debut as Hillary Clinton's running mate. Hundreds of neighbors and other well-wishers greeted Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, on their return to their home in Richmond on a hot and sticky Saturday night. The Kaines had spent the day campaigning with the Democratic presidential candidate, who chose Kaine for the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket just 24 hours earlier.
A tiger attacked two women after they left their car in a Beijing animal park on Saturday. The beginning of the attack was caught on surveillance footage in the Siberian tiger enclosure of Badaling Wildlife World. The video shows the younger woman exiting her car and walking around it to get back in, when the tiger seizes her and drags her off-screen.
DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran confirmed on Sunday the detention of an Iranian-American visiting the country, the latest in a string of arrests of dual nationals in the past year. Asked about reports of the arrest on national security charges, Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a weekly news conference: "The report on the arrest of an Iranian-American dual national is correct," the semi-official Fars news agency said. Mohseni Ejei declined to name the individual and said he did not know what specific charges would be lodged.
Earlier today, ministers from the three nations responsible for finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370-Australia, China, and Malaysia-announced that they would stop looking for the lost jet once the current 46,000-square-mile search zone is completed this fall.
Many thousands of Turks massed Sunday for the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid a purge of suspected state enemies. Istanbul's Taksim square was transformed into a red sea of national flags as Erdogan's ruling Islamic-conservatives and the opposition secular camps briefly set aside their differences in a show of national unity. Despite the high tensions since the coup attempt, the mood at the Istanbul rally was strongly patriotic.
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A Georgia local TV news anchor has died after taking a fatal plunge from a waterfall in North Carolina. Taylor Terrell, an anchor at a Macon, Georgia, TV station WMGT, was swimming with a friend in the water at the top of Rainbow Falls in Transylvania County, North Carolina, Thursday. Terrell somehow lost her footing and was swept away by the Horsepasture River current before plummeting 185 feet off Rainbow Falls, authorities say.
Despite a delay of several days, the head of the Australian delegation said she expects her 700 athletes and officials to move into housing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday. Australia refused to check in at the Athletes Village when it officially opened on Sunday, complaining about water leaks, gas leaks, electrical faults and filth that delegation head Kitty Chiller said "endangered" athletes. "It's looking like, according to our plan, that we will be able to move everybody in on Wednesday," Chiller said, speaking Monday at Rio's Olympic Park.
Suddenly, student loans are getting used to buy Red Bulls between classes and 24-packs of cheap beer. You actually can return a student loan with no interest or fees charged. It's within your right as a borrower to cancel all or a portion of your federal student loan with one caveat: You must do it within 30 to 120 days of the date your school disbursed your loan money.
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A prominent Illinois Republican has resigned from the state legislature, citing multiple incidents of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts set up in his name in recent weeks. "After some cyber security issues arose, I began to re-evaluate my continued public service," Representative Ron Sandack, House Republican floor leader, said in a resignation letter dated Sunday and provided on Monday by the Republican Caucus. Sandack, known as an adamant defender of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's initiatives on the floor of the Democratic-dominated House, was up for re-election in November against Democrat Greg Hose.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren argued that Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign was little more than a scam on the American people in a speech at the Democratic national convention Monday night. “Trump’s entire campaign is just one more late-night Trump infomercial. Hand over your money, your jobs, your children’s future, and The Great Trump Hot Air Machine will reveal all the answers,” she said.
Greenhouse gases emitted by commercial airplanes contribute to global warming and endanger public health and the environment, US officials concluded Monday, opening the path for regulation of passenger planes. The final assessment by the US Environmental Protection Agency supports the goals of President Barack Obama's plan to reduce emissions from large sources of carbon pollution. US aircraft are "the single-largest greenhouse gas (GHG)-emitting transportation source not yet subject to GHG standards in the US," said the EPA.
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Four people were killed when a Dallas Cowboys bus collided with a van in Arizona. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr says all the fatalities in the Sunday crash were passengers in the van. Mehr didn't say what led to the crash on U.S. Highway 93 in western Arizona.
The FBI has begun an investigation into the Democratic National Committee’s email hack, officials announced Monday. “The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter,” the organization said in a statement. The investigation comes after leaked emails, posted by Wikileaks, appeared to show Democratic party officials trying to aid Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the primary.
Bangladesh police Monday arrested a spinning mill worker for allegedly torturing a nine-year-old boy to death with an air compressor, the second such incident in less than a year, officers said. Sagar Barman died of internal injuries in a Dhaka hospital late on Sunday after his family alleges eight workers were involved in forcing the compressor into the boy's rectum and turning on the machine. The boy also worked at the Zubaida Textile Mills in Rupganj town, just south of the capital, one of millions of child labourers in impoverished Bangladesh, many employed in hazardous industries.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department says about 10,000 homes have been evacuated as crews protect mountain and canyon communities from a ferocious wildfire that’s destroyed 18 houses. Officials said late Sunday that the blaze had burned through at least 51 square miles of brush north of Los Angeles — but that number is expected to jump Monday when better assessment is done at daylight. The Fire Department’s incident web page says about 20,000 residents have been ordered from their homes.
(Reuters) - General Mills Inc said it was expanding its flour recall to more batches after the detection of E. coli in its flour samples that led to four new cases of illnesses. One of the four persons developed a type of kidney failure,
The number of children killed or wounded in Afghanistan's conflict surged in the first half of 2016, compared to the same period last year, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said on Monday. The daunting figures came in a mid-year report by UNAMA, released just days after the deadliest bombing to hit Kabul since the insurgency began in 2001, following the U.S. invasion to topple the Taliban's brutal regime. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, fueling concerns that the extremists, who have had a presence in the remote eastern border regions near Pakistan for the past year, plan to raise their profile in Afghanistan as they rack up losses in their heartland in Iraq and Syria.
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders said Sunday he would have preferred to see Hillary Clinton select someone like Senator Elizabeth Warren for the vice presidential spot over Senator Tim Kaine. "I have known Tim Kaine for a number of years...Tim is a very, very smart guy.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the role that brain training can play in lowering the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Now, in the most rigorous study to date, researchers compared different types of cognitive training head to head and report that a speed-processing-based training can indeed lower rates of cognitive decline and dementia. The researchers were led by Jerri Edwards, from the University of South Florida, and the results were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association annual meeting on Sunday.
Yahoo has agreed to sell its core business to telecom giant Verizon for $4. The acquisition, expected to close in early 2017, will exclude Yahoo's cash, certain patent holdings, and its big share in China's Alibaba Group and stake in Yahoo Japan. The deal will, however, turn over the popular Yahoo News, Mail and other online services used by more than a billion people worldwide.
International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates says the IOC's decision not to ban all Russian athletes from the Rio Games reflected the need to be fair to athletes who hadn't turned to doping. Coates spent three days advising the IOC on the legal aspects of any decision relating to Russian sanctions for the games in Rio de Janeiro and explained the rationale in a statement released by the Australian Olympic Committee. "I will be urging them to concentrate on their own performances, and wipe Russia from their mindset," she said.
Two women will soon be the first female soldiers to undergo training to become members of the Green Berets, the US Army's special forces, the military said Monday. "They are the first two women who have been selected for special forces assessment" following the elimination of the ban on women in combat roles, said Major Melody Faulkenberry, a spokeswoman for the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. President Barack Obama's administration decided in 2013 that all combat positions should be open to women by 2016, including the infantry and special operations forces.