Just weeks after she started preparing opposition research files on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort last spring, Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa got an alarming message when she logged into her personal Yahoo email account. Chalupa — who had been drafting memos and writing emails about Manafort’s connection to pro-Russian political leaders in Ukraine — quickly alerted top DNC officials.
A mayor, a town councilman, two other town employees and a local resident were shot to death Saturday in the conflict-ridden indigenous town of San Juan Chamula, in southern Mexico. San Juan Chamula is known for its colorful religious practices mixing Catholic and indigenous traditions. Prosecutors in southern Chiapas state said a crowd of about 35 people demanded to speak with the mayor in the town square Saturday morning about funding for public works.
British holidaymakers spent hours sweating in their cars as 15-hour queues snaked back from the port of Dover on Sunday due to heightened entry checks by French border police. Stationary vehicles tailed back up to 12 miles (19 kilometres) inland from Dover, on England's southeastern tip. Dover is Britain's main ferry port to continental Europe, with Calais in northeastern France 21 miles (33 kilometres) away across the Channel.
Extremely dry conditions in California caused yet another fire this week, with a fire in Santa Clarita burning a path through 5,500 acres this weekend. Wildfire experts say that this unusual fire behavior can likely be attributed to continued heat and dry conditions. “It is unusual to see a fire grow this quickly,” fire ecology and management expert Max Moritz of the University of California, Berkeley, tells The Christian Science Monitor by phone.
A sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on a record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy was due to depart from Cairo early Sunday on the last leg of its journey. "It's a project for energy, for a better world," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard told journalists standing in front of the plane which weighs no more than a large car but has the wingspan of a Boeing 747. The plane was scheduled to depart at 1 am Cairo time (2300 GMT) for Abu Dhabi.
A shooting at a Texas apartment complex on Saturday left four people dead including the suspected shooter, police said. Vicky Steffanic said at a news briefing that the dead were one man, two women and a child.
By Marko Djurica HORGOS, Serbia (Reuters) - About 150 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, on Monday started a hunger strike in a field in Serbia on the border with Hungary to demand passage to the European Union. The group, which initially numbered about 300 people, had traveled to the border over the weekend from Belgrade and settled in a field about 100 m (yards) from Hungary's wire-fenced frontier with Serbia. Last month Hungary limited the number of daily entries to a maximum of 30, creating a bottleneck in Serbia.
Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing killed one woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle following an argument, Chinese media reported on Sunday. The attack took place at Beijing Badaling Wildlife World Saturday, Chinanews.com reported, when one of the women left the vehicle following an altercation.
A Florida air conditioning repairman is facing attempted homicide charges after police say he beat a woman while on a house call. Dotto was reportedly at the residence as an employee of a repair company when cops say the assault occurred at about 5:30 p.m.
Sen. Tim Kaine called Hillary Clinton his soulmate on Saturday, in his first appearance as her vice presidential pick in front of a crowd of 5,000 at Florida International University. The presumptive Democratic nominee introduced Kaine as “everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not” and a “progressive who likes to get things done,” before taking a seat behind him and beaming as he introduced himself to the crowd. “For many of you, this is the first time you’ve ever heard my name,” Kaine said.
Prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet, who died when his car was bombed in Ukraine, has been buried in his hometown of Minsk, Belarus. Sheremet, who once was imprisoned in Belarus, where independent media are under consistent pressure from the authoritarian government, had moved to Ukraine two years ago after several years in Russia, seeing Ukraine as having a more free media environment.
Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady admitted being part of a cocaine smuggling scheme in a US sting operation before their arrest last year, according to recently filed court documents. Details of the alleged confessions by Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freita were recounted in documents US prosecutors filed Friday in the US federal court in Manhattan. The two -- sons of brothers of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's wife Cilia Flores -- were arrested in Haiti in November 2015 and flown to New York by US Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
On many days, traffic stretches for miles outside the busiest park entrance at West Yellowstone, Mont. Once motorists pass through the gate, they confront more congestion traveling to Old Faithful, often in the form of “wildlife jams” whenever there is a bull elk, grizzly bear, or buffalo roaming the roadside.
It has now been over two years of theories, false leads, heartbreak, and investigation since the Malaysian Airlines flight 370 mysteriously vanished off the radar during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard. The March 2014 disappearance kicked off a multinational search effort, which initially ranged from China southward toward Australia. As the hope of finding survivors waned, the importance of locating the aircraft and finding answers to what, or who, was responsible for the disappearance waxed.
Thomas Sutherland, a teacher was held captive in Lebanon for more than six years until he was freed in 1991 and returned home to become professor emeritus at Colorado State University, has died. Sutherland died in Fort Collins on Friday at the age of 85, according to Colorado State University. Sutherland was one of a number of Americans in Lebanon — including Associated Press bureau chief Terry Anderson — who were kidnapped by terrorist groups in the 1980s.
By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's vote to leave the European Union must be binding, the chairman of Britain's ruling Conservative Party said on Sunday, and the exit process will be started before the next general election. Patrick McLoughlin, who was made party chairman by new Prime Minister Theresa May last week, told the BBC's Marr Show that the vote for Brexit meant Britain must now get control of its own borders and that immigration must be reduced. Asked about a report in the Observer newspaper that an "emergency brake" on the free movement of people was being discussed, which would allow Britain to keep access to the European single market, McLoughlin said: "Let us see." "I'm quite clear that the referendum result is binding on parliament," he said.
Indecision is certainly not the habit of Federal Reserve policy makers. Most observers do not expect the Federal Open Markets Committee, which sets monetary policy, to raise the crucial federal funds rate when they meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington. "I think it's very plausible you'll see zero" change, said Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Authorities say a burned body has been found at the scene of a wildfire that's threatening 1,500 homes north of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Rob Hahnlein says the body was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday outside a home on Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. The area is among those ordered evacuated because of a wildfire that has blackened more than 31 square miles of brush and continues to rage in canyons and ranchlands.
Nobody knows better than Hillary Clinton the steep political price to pay for voting in favor of an unpopular war. Clinton’s 2002 “yes” vote on legislation permitting George W. Bush to hurl America’s military against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq helped smother her 2008 presidential hopes. Kaine has bluntly told colleagues who are worried about the long-term political fallout of voting yes (or no) to a war on ISIS that ducking a vote now amounts to cowardice and sets a terrifying precedent for unchecked presidential war-making power.
Ready or not, the Rio Olympics are opening their doors. The Games begin in just over two weeks, but the Athletes Village opens officially on Sunday, meaning 10,500 athletes and another 7,000 staff members will start trickling into the luxurious layout, with the pace picking up daily until the Aug. 5 opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. "I want to help all the athletes have a wonderful welcome to Brazil," said Priscilla Antonello, a residence center deputy manager whose job is to help athletes find their accommodations.
Mexico's top prosecutor said Saturday it has launched a comprehensive investigation of the murder of reporter Pedro Tamayo Rosas. A 45-year-old newspaper reporter who covered crime, Tamayo was gunned down in front of his wife and two grown sons outside his home in the town of Tierra Blanca on Wednesday night. Reporters Without Borders said the investigation should focus on whether Tamayo's murder was linked to his journalistic work.
With some of the summer's hottest temperatures so far scorching much of America, police say one Arkansas woman made the decision to leave her infant daughter in the car while she ate pizza. Officer Keith Baggett said in his report that Reeder told him the baby was sleeping when she arrived to the restaurant and she decided to leave the her in the car. Police forwarded their report to the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Hotline for a possible investigation.
BMW recently announced that it will produce one of its most powerful cars in a limited edition for the U.S. market. Only 50 M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition midsize premium cars will be produced in Germany and available beginning in August 2016 with
Line drying clothes and sheets conjures up all sorts of images and ideas. Consumer Reports’ textile expert, Pat Slaven, is a big fan of line drying and while it’s a simple task, some practices are better than others. Slaven is the resident textile expert at Consumer Reports.
By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three Hong Kong activists have asked the High Court to review an election commission ruling that could bar anyone who advocates independence from China from standing in an upcoming poll, the first legal challenge to a decision that was supported by Beijing's representative in the city. For the first time, candidates for September's Legislative Council election will be required to explicitly pledge that Hong Kong is an "inalienable" part of China, the Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) said on Friday. Previously, candidates only needed to pledge to uphold Hong Kong laws.