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Libya says key terrorist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in U.S. airstrike

Libya says key terrorist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in U.S. airstrike

Washington, June 15 - Libyan authorities have issued a statement saying that key terrorist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been killed in U. S. airstrike

The United States has also confirmed that it carried out an airstrike in Libya early Sunday against the mastermind of the 2013 terrorist seizure of an Algerian gas plant that left 38 foreign hostages dead.

American officials were quoted by the New York Times, as confirming that Belmokhtar was the target of the strike, carried out by multiple American F-15E fighter jets.

But, at the same time, they expressed caution about his fate, saying forensic proof was needed to declare with certainty that he had been killed.


Ex-LA Times editor John Carroll passes away

Ex-LA Times editor John Carroll passes away

New York, June 15 - Former editor of The Los Angeles Times, John S. Carroll, died Sunday of a rare neurological ailment. He was 73.

A widely admired newspaper editor who restored the reputation and credibility of The Los Angeles Times in the early 2000s, Carroll died at his home in Lexington, Kentucky.

Lee Carroll, his wife, was quoted by the New York Times, as saying that the cause of death was Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare neurological disorder.

With a gentle demeanor that belied his passion for ambitious investigative stories, Carroll, according to the NYT, helped deliver 13 Pulitzer Prizes to The Times during his five-years as editor, which ended in 2005.

It was the last of three daily newspapers he edited over more than four decades.


At first campaign rally, Hillary Clinton vows to champion cause of 'everyday Americans'

Hillary Clinton

New York, June 14 - Addressing her first major rally in her 2016 presidential campaign United States Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton on Saturday vowed to help "everyday Americans".

Outlining her key policies in a speech to thousands of supporters on New York City's Roosevelt Island, Clinton pledged to support working families, saying: "America can't succeed unless you succeed."

She promised to make the economy work for everyday Americans, not just those at the top if elected president next year.

She said prosperity can't be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers; democracy can't be just for billionaires and corporations.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter Chelsea were also present, reports the BBC


'Unstable' Libya an 'entry point' for ISIS

'Unstable' Libya an 'entry point' for ISIS

Washington, June 13 : The Islamic State is said to be using Libya, which is gradually becoming the most unstable country in the region, ?as an 'entry point' into Europe.

Fox News quoted intelligence sources on the ground in Africa as saying that at least 30 ISIS fighters who left from the country have been picked up by the Italians in recent weeks.

U.S. President Barack Obama had earlier this week authorized up to 450 additional U.S. troops to deploy to Iraq to help the local security forces in the fight against ISIS there.

With American foreign policy focusing on the ISIS operations in Syria and Iraq, many in the region and in American intelligence have expressed concern over Libya giving the ISIS its best opportunity for entry to the West.


King Felipe VI revokes sister's `Duchess` title amid fraud case

King Felipe VI revokes sister's `Duchess` title amid fraud case

Washington, June 13 : King Felipe VI of Spain has withdrawn the title of 'Duchess of Palma de Mallorca' from his sister Cristina de Borbon following charges of fraud being levelled against her.

As per the official statement released by the palace, the official journal of the state will publish a royal decree by which his majesty the King will strip the use of the royal title by Her Royal Highness the Infanta Cristina,Us Magazine has reported.

The 50-year-old princess is accused of being involved in a huge tax-evasion scheme involving her former Olympic handball player husband Inaki Urdangarin, who apparently embezzled millions of public funds through his Noos Foundation.


Obama considering financial sanctions against Chinese hackers

Obama considering financial sanctions against Chinese hackers

Washington, June 13 : United States President Barack Obama is reportedly considering financial sanctions against alleged Chinese hackers who gained access to files of millions of federal workers.

According to the New York Times, investigators are saying that Chinese hackers have allegedly obtained personal data from more than four million current and former federal employees in one of the boldest invasions into a government network.

Officials further said they believed that a separate computer system at the agency was breached by the same hackers, putting at risk not only data about the federal employees, but also information about friends, family members and associates that could number millions more.


Here's how to spot pedophiles

Here's how to spot pedophiles

Washington, Jun 11 : A new study has suggested that pedophiles are more likely to have superficial facial flaws, known as Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs) and are also more likely to be left-handed.

The University of Windsor study adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests pedophilia develops prenatally, around the same time that such physical flaws develop.

Researcher Fiona Dyshniku said that evidence is steadily accumulating to support a neurodevelopmental basis of pedophilia, adding that if people find that pedophilia has a biological basis, with a very early, even prenatal onset, this will influence and hopefully improve methods of treatment for this group.


White House evacuated following telephoned bomb threat

White House evacuated following telephoned bomb threat

Washington, June 10 - The White House was evacuated on Tuesday following a telephoned bomb threat, hours after a Senate hearing was interrupted by a similar threat.

According to The Washington Times, the press briefing room was evacuated immediately after a Secret Service agent interrupted ongoing proceedings to say that the room needed to be evacuated.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was in the midst of his regular daily briefing with reporters shortly after 2 p. m. when the Secret Service interruption came

Earnest said that US President Barack Obama was in the room but was not evacuated.

The Secret Service gave the "all clear" signal about 30 minutes later. (ANI)


Voldemort beats Presidential candidates in popularity poll

Voldemort beats Presidential candidates in popularity poll

Washington, June 10 - Apparently American citizens prefer Voldemort over the group of Republican candidates, who are in line of becoming their next President.

In a recent poll, conducted by the Washington Post, the one who 'Must Not Be Named' was declared a better alternative than Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump Chris Christie and their rivals Ted Cruz and George Bush, reported E! Online.

Hollywood's popular villains, Darth Vader, the Terminator and the Shark received positive scores in the poll leaving the politicians far behind. Donald Trump came in dead last with Chris Christie following closely behind.


Obama administration criticizes Egypt in report to Congress

Barack Obama

Washington: The Obama administration has sent Congress a report that harshly criticizes the Egyptian government of restricting free speech, arresting political dissidents and undermining democracy, but recommends the US continue sending it USD 1.3 billion in mostly military aid.

The report, quietly submitted to lawmakers last month, said that while Egypt has implemented some democratic reforms, "the overall trajectory of rights and democracy has been negative."

The six-page report, which the administration is required to send to Congress, said human rights and civil activists have reported a "steadily shrinking space for political dissent" that has prompted them to censor their activities or leave the country.


Air raids targeting IS jihadists, avoiding civilian casualties: US official

Air raids targeting IS jihadists, avoiding civilian casualties: US official

Washington, June 7 - A senior U. S. official has reportedly dismissed the latest criticism of the country's air campaign against the Islamic State (IS), saying that the raids have killed militants without killing large number of civilians.

Claiming that the air offensive was killing more than 1,000 militants a month while avoiding civilian casualties, U. S. Air Force Lieutenant General John W. Hesterman III said that the idea that the country was only observing large number of IS members and not killing them was fiction, reported Fox News.


Taiwan commissions two new ships amid tension in South China Sea

Taiwan commissions two new ships amid tension in South China Sea

New York, June 7 - In a bid to counter China's growing influence in the South China Sea, Taiwan's coast guard has commissioned two 3,000-ton patrol vessels for duty.

The vessels will be able to dock at a new port being built on Taiping Island, the largest of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, before the end of this year. While one of the two ships will be sent to the South China Sea, the other will move to waters north of Taiwan, where it has overlapping claims with Japan, reported aol. com.


Terrorist's selfie gives up location of ISIS centre in Syria, US destroys building in 24 hrs

isis militants

Washington : A selfie, bragging about the command and control capabilities of the Islamic State, posted on social media by a terrorist helped the US forces track and destroy its headquarters in Syria in less than 24 hours.

"These guys that are working down at Hurlburt (Florida), they were combing through social media. And they see some moron standing at this command and control capability for Daesh, ISIL," said Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command.

Twenty-two hours after seeing the post, US warplanes went in for the kill and destroyed the building, reported CNN.

"Long story short... Three JDAMs [joint direct attack munitions] take the entire building out," Carlisle said at a speech in Arlington, Virginia.


Death toll from Chinese cruise ship disaster rises to 331

Death toll from Chinese cruise ship disaster rises to 331

Washington, June 6 - The death toll from the cruise ship disaster on China's Yangtze River has risen to 331, even as rescue teams continue to search for more bodies.

According to Fox News, the overturning of the Eastern Star ship has been attributed to sudden and severe winds by the authorities.

The surviving captain of the ship and his first engineer have been taken into police custody for questioning.

Relatives of the passengers have questioned whether the ship should have continued its cruise after the storm started in a section of Hubei province and despite a weather warning earlier in the evening.

The boat had more than 450 people aboard, many of them elderly tourists, for a cruise from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing. (ANI)


Now, Barbie to wear 'flats' for first time in 56 yrs

Now, Barbie to wear 'flats' for first time in 56 yrs

Washington, June 5 : Times have certainly changed, as now Barbie will be stepping out in flats for the first time in 56 years.

According to Cosmopolitan, Mattel is giving the iconic doll a makeover with their Barbie Fashionista line, by changing the shape of their feet and ankles, which were previously designed to fit only heels.

Kim Culmone, vice president of design for Barbie said in an interview that Barbie was never designed to be realistic, and was always meant to be easy for girls to dress and undress them.

In addition to the flats, the range will also include Barbies of eight different skin tones, 14 different facial sculpts, 18 eye colours, 22 hair styles, and 23 hair colours. (ANI)


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