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Rabinal, Guatemala – Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation Documents Guatemala Genocide

December 26, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Rabinal, Guatemala - Juan Chen Chen lit up as he recalled a childhood spent romping in the Guatemalan countryside, playing soccer and spinning tops while his parents harvested maize and squash. But his voice turned somber and his eyes wandered blankly to focus on a nonexistent horizon as he described the events of March 1980, when the army came to town. Chen managed to hide, but others weren't...

Fort Myers Beach, FL – 3 Detained After Leading Authorities On 300-mile Sea Chase

December 26, 2015 at 11:39 PM
Fort Myers Beach, FL - Three suspects are in custody after leading authorities on a 300-mile chase in the Gulf of Mexico. According to a Lee County Sheriff's Office news release, authorities were alerted to a boat theft in Fort Myers Beach, about 125 miles south of Tampa, early Thursday. When officers arrived, the suspects allegedly attempted to ram their vessel with the stolen 36-foot...

Birmingham, AL – Southeast Storm Death Toll Rises To 18

December 26, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Birmingham, AL - The death toll in the Southeast climbed to 18 on Saturday after days of tumultuous weather — unusual warmth, tornadoes and torrential downpours — wreaked havoc during the Christmas holiday. Two deaths attributable to weather were reported Saturday in Mississippi: two people who have been missing since Wednesday, bringing that state's death toll to 10. Late Saturday, one...

Chicago – Police Officer Responding To Call, Kills Man And Mother Of Five By Mistake

December 26, 2015 at 10:19 PM
Chicago - In a city troubled by allegations of police misuse of force, a Chicago officer early on Saturday shot and killed a male college student and a mother of five, both black, and the police department later said the woman's death was both accidental and tragic. Hours later police shot another person at a separate location. "Officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in...

Dallas – At Least 4 Dead In Texas Tornado

December 26, 2015 at 10:06 PM
Dallas, TX - Four people died in a storm-related incident in Texas near where a tornado touched down on Saturday, bringing the death toll from tornadoes and flooding this week in the southern United States to 22, according to officials and local media. The four victims were killed in what was believed to be a traffic accident in the Texas city of Garland, about 15 miles (24 km) northeast of...

New York – Donald Trump: Relying On, Trying To Control Free Coverage

December 26, 2015 at 09:55 PM
New York - Nobody understands the power of the media on public perception quite like Donald Trump. The former reality television star and tabloid king, who has relied on free news coverage and social media to power his presidential campaign, is uniquely obsessed with how the news media portray his events. Trump routinely orders news camera operators to pan the crowds at his rallies to show how...

Damascus – Report: Assad Offered To Renew Peace Talks With Israel In 2012 And Was Rebuffed

December 26, 2015 at 09:26 PM
Damascus - Embattled Syrian ruler Bashar Assad wanted to restart peace negotiations with Israel in 2012, when it appeared his grip on power was weakening, but was rebuffed by Jerusalem, according to a report in the London Review of Books. The lengthy report, which was authored by famed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, cites Russian government sources as saying that the Kremlin...

Istanbul – Turkey To Israel: No Renewal Of Ties Without Unlimited Access To Gaza

December 26, 2015 at 09:01 PM
Istanbul - Turkey is demanding that Israel permit unfettered access to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as one of the conditions before a formal renewal of diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Ankara, according to a report in Saturday editions of the Hurriyet Daily News. The report states that the government headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not accept any Israeli restrictions on the...

Malaysia – Report: Israeli Windsurfers Denied Visas To Go To Malaysia

December 26, 2015 at 08:38 PM
Malaysia - The Malaysian government said it has accepted the withdrawal of two Israeli windsurfers from the ISAF world youth sailing championships. Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told the Malay Mail Online website that Malaysia, which does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, "is guided by the existing policy of the Malaysian government." In Jerusalem, the Israel Sailing...

Syria – IS Leader Says ‘Caliphate’ Well Warns Jews ‘Palestine Will Be Your Graveyard’

December 26, 2015 at 08:20 PM
Syria - The Islamic State group on Saturday released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming that his self-styled "caliphate" is doing well despite an unprecedented alliance against it and criticizing the recently announced Saudi-led Islamic military coalition against terrorism. In the 24-minute audio, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said airstrikes by the international coalition...

Vienna – European Capitals On Heightened Alert For Terror Attacks Ahead Of New Year

December 26, 2015 at 07:49 PM
Vienna - Police said on Saturday a "friendly" intelligence service had warned European capitals of the possibility of a shooting or bomb attack before New Year, prompting police across the continent to increase security measures. "Several possible names of potential attackers were mentioned, which were checked, and the investigation based on (these checks) has so far yielded no concrete...

New York – Florida Bound Spirit Airlines Evacuated In Nyc After Smoke Reported

December 26, 2015 at 07:28 PM
New York - Passengers and crew on a Spirit Airlines jetliner parked at a gate at New York's LaGuardia Airport in preparation for a flight to Florida were evacuated on Saturday after a report of possible smoke in the aircraft, an airports authority spokeswoman said. Firefighters responding to a call from the pilot found no visible smoke, said Cheryl Albiez, spokeswoman for the Port Authority of...

Miami, FL – Miami Airport Train Back In Service After Derailment

December 26, 2015 at 07:20 PM
Miami, FL - Officials at Miami International Airport say a train that derailed during a maintenance check is back in service. The Skytrain serving Terminal D went off its track early Tuesday. Airport officials tweeted Saturday morning: "All systems fully functioning. The D Skytrain is running & back in service. Thanks for your patience." Terminal D serves American Airlines and American...

Hawaii – Obama Eulogizes Six US Soldiers, Including Jewish Airman, Killed In Afghanistan Attack

December 26, 2015 at 07:17 PM
Hawaii - President Barack Obama called the six U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan on Monday "outstanding" and "brave" as he thanked American service members on Friday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay. "Even though we have been able to reduce the number of folks we're deploying to places like Iraq and Afghanistan, there are still folks over there every...

Gaza Strip – Egyptian Troops Gun Down Palestinian On Beach Who Crossed Sinai-Gaza Border

December 26, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Gaza Strip - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were enraged on Saturday after Al Jazeera television aired footage of Egyptian soldiers shooting and killing a Palestinian man who had wandered into the Egypt side of the Rafah crossing through the beach. In the clip, the man is seen entering the water along the Sinai-Gaza divide. After he steps a few meters into the Egyptian side, he is hit by live...

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