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6 Officers Shot in Florida and Pennsylvania, 2 Killed and 4 Wounded

6 Officers Shot in Florida and Pennsylvania, 2 Killed and 4 WoundedThree police departments are reeling from a violent night that has left two officers dead.

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2017 11:39 AM

South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she allegedly attacked young model

South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she allegedly attacked young modelGrace Mugabe, the first lady of Zimbabwe, returned home last night from South Africa after being granted diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a model with an extension cable in a Johannesburg hotel. However last night lawyers announced they would launch a legal challenge this week to the immunity which allowed Mr Mugabe to escape facing any charges of assault. The immunity, granted after she arrived in South Africa more then a week ago on private business was a political decision not a legal one said Lorna Ferguson, a South African lawyer. “It was irrational and in contravention of South African laws for her to be granted immunity in the face of what were serious criminal charges laid against her for alleged assault a week ago. Gabriella Engels is seen with an injury to her forehead  Credit: Debbie Engels via AP "I consulted the law and with a veteran South Africa foreign affairs expert who said that immunity cannot be granted retrospectively.” Mrs Mugabe is accused of assaulting and injuring Gabriella Engels, a 20-year-old model who was visiting Mrs Mugabe’s two sons, Robert Jnr and Chatunga in a top Johannesburg hotel a week ago. Ms Engels laid charges against Mrs Mugabe after she had her face stitched up in hospital.  Mrs Mugabe avoided going to court and was rescued when her husband, President Robert Mugabe, arrived in South Africa to attend a regional conference and arranged immunity for his wife which was officially announced on Saturday. Grace Mugabe, shown here in October 2014, returned home from South Africa Credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images Ms Engels case has been taken up by a non Governmental organisation Afriforum which says it will go to court for the injured woman re the immunity, and will also charge Mrs Mugabe in both criminal and civil cases. President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, sneaked out of South Africa via South Africa’s main military airport near the capital Pretoria, in the very early hours of Sunday morning. Alex Magisa, a senior Zimbabwean and legal academic at the University of Kent, said one of the tragedies of the Grace Mugabe assault case in South Africa is that few people in Zimbabwe know about it.  No mention of the case has been made on the only TV station and all radio stations and daily newspapers it controls. "Much of the 67 percent of people who live in rural areas have to rely on traditional sources (of information) which simply refused to cover the story. MUGABE TIMELINE "Few incidents illustrate the totalitarian face of the Zimbabwean regime as this current case involving Grace Mugabe’s embarrassing moment in South Africa where she allegedly beat up a young woman whom she found in the company of her two sons,” he said. Mrs Mugabe and various web sites and twitter feeds which support her in Zimbabwe say the first lady was attacked by Ms Engels. Ahead of Mrs Mugabe’s return home, South Africa and Zimbabwe seized and grounded passenger aircraft in Johannesburg and Harare. Only after diplomatic immunity for Mrs Mugabe was gazetted did South Africa’s civil aviation authority allow the Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767 it had grounded early Saturday, to take off after midnight on Sunday. Harare had retaliated by seizing a South African Airways aircraft at the Harare International Airport on Saturday and refused to clear it for take-off until after the Mugabe’s were on their way back to Harare. Flights between the two countries have now resumed.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 2:10 PM

Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree

Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spreePolice shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku. Within hours of the attack on Friday the force had announced increased police patrols across the country. Two dead and six injured," Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square.

POSTED AUGUST 18, 2017 11:39 PM

Flying dogs caught in action

Flying dogs caught in actionThese excited pooches are flying without wings in this series of hilarious images. Taken in July by photographer Peter Mueller, Each photo shows the canines’ exuberant facial expressions, as they appear to be leaping through the air.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 11:30 AM

Boston 'free speech' rally abandoned by right-wing demonstrators outnumbered by 15,000 counter-protesters

Boston 'free speech' rally abandoned by right-wing demonstrators outnumbered by 15,000 counter-protestersAs the official start time of the contentious “Free Speech Rally” in Boston approached, the winner in the battle of words between organisers and counter-demonstrators had already been determined. If hateful speech aimed at Jewish people or minorities was chanted at Boston Common park, it was not audible at one of the largest rallies being held just one week after the deadly demonstrations in Charleston, Virginia, where neo-Nazis marched bearing torches, and where one woman was killed. Instead, an estimated 15,000 counter-protesters dominated the air with anti-Nazi and anti-fascist chants.

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2017 4:31 PM

Ten sailors missing after US destroyer collision off Singapore

Ten sailors missing after US destroyer collision off SingaporeA rescue operation is under way for 10 sailors missing after a US destroyer collided with a tanker east of Singapore on Monday, in the second accident involving an American warship in two months. Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore and near the Straits of Malacca in the early hours, the US Navy said a statement. "Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft," it said.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 9:37 PM

Couple Who Engaged In Sexual Act Aboard Southwest Airlines Flight Questioned

Couple Who Engaged In Sexual Act Aboard Southwest Airlines Flight QuestionedThe airline said the incident occurred on a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas and apologized to other passengers aboard the flight.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 12:24 PM

See the Path of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse As It Moves Across the U.S.

See the Path of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse As It Moves Across the U.S.On Aug. 21, skygazers will see a total solar eclipse

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 10:00 AM

Balz: Judgment on Trump has been 'extremely harsh' from fellow Republicans

Balz: Judgment on Trump has been 'extremely harsh' from fellow RepublicansThe Powerhouse Roundtable debates the week in politics on "This Week."

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 12:25 PM

German writer critical of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in Spain

German writer critical of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in SpainBy Thomas Escritt BERLIN (Reuters) - German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies. The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a "targeted hunt against critics of the Turkish government living abroad in Europe," Akhanli's lawyer Ilias Uyar told magazine Der Spiegel, which first reported Akhanli's detention. Any country can issue an Interpol "red notice", but extradition by Spain would only follow if Ankara could convince Spanish courts it had a real case against him.

POSTED AUGUST 19, 2017 3:47 PM

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The US and South Korea are holding war games. Here's how North Korea might respond
America's annual military drills with South Korea begin Monday, and they may hold more potential to provoke than ever.

POSTED AUGUST 21, 2017 12:40 AM
Trump to lay out US strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night
President Trump will lay out his long-awaited US strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address on Monday night.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 10:01 PM
10 sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with 600-foot tanker
Initial reports indicated the USS John S. McCain sustained damage to its port side, U.S. authorities said.

POSTED AUGUST 21, 2017 1:27 AM
After a wild week at the White House, weakened stock market hopes for no Fed bombshells
Stocks are technically weakened, and traders are hoping to get past the Fed's Jackson Hole symposium with no new bombshells.

POSTED AUGUST 18, 2017 11:13 PM
Asian shares subdued following Bannon departure as US-South Korea military drills begin
Asia markets were subdued as investors digested developments in Washington while U.S.-South Korea drills began.

POSTED AUGUST 21, 2017 2:15 AM
Ron Paul: 50% stock market plunge 'conceivable,' but it's not President Trump's fault
Wall Street may soon pay a big price for escalating tensions in Washington.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 9:00 PM
No US president has ever revoked a national monument's status. Trump might be the first
Trump is going to consider whether or not to revoke the protection of two dozen national monuments—something no US president has ever done.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 3:04 PM
If Congress doesn't fund Obamacare subsidies next month it could get pretty complicated
State health insurance regulators expect that the fate of key health insurance subsidies will remain in limbo.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 12:00 PM
Solar eclipse 2017: How the solar power industry is prepping for a huge blip
The solar eclipse will significantly diminish solar capacity for a couple of hours, prompting the solar industry to set up a complex back-up system of other power sources, Vox reports.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 4:59 PM
Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, known for his slapstick antics, a brilliant comedic partnership with Dean Martin and muscular dystrophy telethon, has died of natural causes, his publicist said. He was 91.

POSTED AUGUST 20, 2017 6:56 PM

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