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Washington – Trump Widens Lead Over U.S. Republican Presidential Field: Reuters Poll

August 21, 2015 at 07:15 PM
Washington - Republican Donald Trump is pulling away from the pack in the race for the party's U.S. presidential nomination, widening his lead over his closest rivals in the past week, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday. Republican voters show no signs they are growing weary of the brash real estate mogul, who has dominated political headlines and the 17-strong Republican presidential...

Washington – Decision Nearing, Biden Games Out Mechanics Of A 2016 Run

August 21, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Tucked away at his family home in Delaware, Vice President Joe Biden has been huddling with longtime aides and family members, evaluating what it would take to launch a viable presidential campaign against well-funded Democratic opponents with a huge head start. Although Biden has yet to make a decision, his advisers say the vice president and his associates have started gaming...

Manhattan – Security Guard, Gunman Dead After Federal Building Shooting

August 21, 2015 at 06:59 PM
Manhattan - An armed veteran slipped through a side door of a federal building on Friday and shot a security guard in the head, killing him, before fatally shooting himself, police said. Detectives were investigating what prompted the shooting of FJC Security Services guard Idrissa Camara, who was supposed to have gotten off work at 4 p.m. but agreed to stay on for an extra shift. The...

Washington – Democrats Urge Clinton To Offer Better Explanation Of Emails

August 21, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Washington - Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing fresh worries among elected Democrats about her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state, as new polls signal that the inquiry is taking a toll on her presidential campaign. The Democratic front-runner's campaign has taken steps to defend her against allegations she may have put classified information at risk by using a...

Jerusalem – Ehud Barak: Steinitz, Ya’alon Got Cold Feet Just Before Israel Was About To Attack Iran

August 21, 2015 at 05:15 PM
Jerusalem - Ehud Barak, the former defense minister, said that a plan to launch an attack against Iran was sabotaged by the hesitancy of fellow cabinet ministers Yuval Steinitz and the man who would replace him at the Kirya Defense Ministry compound, Moshe Ya'alon. The bombshell revelations were made in a tape recording obtained by Channel 2. The clip was aired on its flagship Friday news...

Paris – Attack On High-Speed Train In France, 3 People Wounded; 2 Americans Subdued Gunman

August 21, 2015 at 04:35 PM
Paris - A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding three people before being subdued by two American passengers, officials said. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking in Arras in northern France where the suspected was detained, said one of the Americans was hospitalized with serious wounds. Their names...

Washington – US Restarts Military Exercise With South Korea, After Pause

August 21, 2015 at 04:07 PM
Washington - The Pentagon said Friday that America's annual military exercise with South Korea has resumed after being stopped as a result of escalating tensions and threats of war from Pyongyang. David Shear, the assistant secretary for Asia issues, told Pentagon reporters that the exercise was temporarily halted so that the U.S. and South Korea could talk and coordinate over the recent...

New York – Stock Market Plunge: Dow Jones Closes Down More Than 500 Points

August 21, 2015 at 04:02 PM
New York - The S&P 500 suffered its biggest daily percentage drop in nearly four years on Friday as fears of a China-led global slowdown continued to rattle investors. The Dow Jones industrial average < .DJI> fell 530.81 points, or 3.12 percent, to 16,459.88, the S&P 500 < .SPX> lost 64.7 points, or 3.18 percent, to 1,971.03 and the Nasdaq Composite < .IXIC> dropped 171.45 points, or 3.52...

Washington – White House: Islamic State Second-in-command Killed In U.S. Air Strike

August 21, 2015 at 03:44 PM
Washington - The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate in the Middle East. "Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz ... was killed in a U.S. military air strike on August 18 while traveling in a vehicle near Mosul...

London – Artist Banksy Opens Derelict ‘Dismaland’ Theme Park

August 21, 2015 at 03:31 PM
London - The elusive British graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his latest project — a parody of a seaside theme park called "Dismaland" complete with a derelict castle, a dead Cinderella and a Grim Reaper in a bumper car. The artist, best known for his subversive, stenciled street art, said it was a "festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism." "I guess you'd say it's a theme...

Jerusalem – Israel PM Highlights U.S. Iran Deal Concern After It Kills Palestinian Rocket Crew In Syrian Golan

August 21, 2015 at 03:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli said its forces killed at least five Palestinian militants in an air strike on the Syrian Golan Heights on Friday after cross-border rocket fire from there prompted the heaviest Israeli bombardment since Syria's civil war began in 2011. An Israeli defense official said the people killed were Palestinian militants from the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad. "We now know of five...

Syria – IS Destroys Ancient Monastery In Central Syria

August 21, 2015 at 03:02 PM
Syria - The Islamic State group on Friday demolished a monastery founded more than 1,500 years ago in central Syria, near a town where the extremists abducted dozens of Christians earlier this month, activists and a Christian priest said. The destruction of the Saint Elian Monastery near the town of Qaryatain comes days after IS militants in the town of Palmyra publicly beheaded an 81-year-old...

Ottawa – Gloomy Poll On Scandal Raises Election Pressure On Canadian PM

August 21, 2015 at 02:47 PM
Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's election campaign took another hit on Friday when an opinion poll showed most people do not believe he was unaware of an ethics scandal involving several close confidants. The ruling Conservatives, seeking to extend a decade-long hold on power in the Oct. 19 election, are campaigning as a string of awkward revelations arise from the fraud and...

Boston – Trump Speaks Out After Mexican Consulate Condemns Anti-immigrant Attack In Boston

August 21, 2015 at 02:15 PM
Boston - Mexico's top official in Boston on Friday condemned an attack earlier in the week on a 58-year-old Mexican citizen who two Massachusetts brothers urinated on and then beat because he appeared to be a homeless undocumented immigrant. The brothers, 38-year-old Scott Leader and 30-year-old Steve Leader, were arrested and ordered held without bail on Wednesday while they await trial on...

Mobile, AL – Heading To The South: 30,000 Expected At Trump Event

August 21, 2015 at 02:06 PM
Mobile, AL - Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is declaring the "silent majority is back!" and heading South to Alabama for a rally. Interest in the New York billionaire forced organizers to move the event from the Mobile Civic Center, which holds about 2,000 people, to Ladd-Peebles Stadium, a 40,000-seat football stadium. The Alabama secretary of state's office said more than...

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