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In assault on Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurds see region's reply to independence vote
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  • 2017-10-16 20:53:22Z

The euphoria last month of the Kurds who moved forward with a controversial referendum on independence in Iraqi Kurdistan is quickly giving way to alarm as the central government of Iraq and powerful regional neighbors make good on their pledges to push back. Predictably, conflict has flared in the

NFL owners to meet, with racial divide on the agenda
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  • 2017-10-16 20:23:56Z

Minutes before kickoff for the first round of Sunday's football games, the National Football League website carried two unusual features. Below the usual fare of game-day predictions and fantasy matchups were slideshows of Baltimore players visiting schools with Baltimore police and of Miami Dolphins

Trump Says His Predecessors Didn
Trump Says His Predecessors Didn't Call The Families Of Fallen Service Members. That's Not True.

WASHINGTON ― Facing heat for not publicly commenting on the deadly ambush of four U.S. soldiers in Niger on Oct. 4, President Donald Trump tried Monday to convince reporters that he is actually more caring and compassionate to the troops than any of his predecessors were.

The battle of Kirkuk as a lesson on 'self determination'
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  • 2017-10-16 19:34:37Z

When Woodrow Wilson declared nearly a century ago that any group of people are entitled to "self determination," he was not very clear on the meaning of "self," or what is the essential identity needed to bind a nation. After the two regions held contentious votes on independence in the past few weeks

The 84 Most Delish Fall Soups
The 84 Most Delish Fall Soups

In first, scientists detect light from gravitational wave source
In first, scientists detect light from gravitational wave source

By Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, at the same time as light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday. The waves, caused by the collision of two neutron stars some 130 million years ago, were first detected in August by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories, known as LIGO, in Washington state and Louisiana as well as at a third detector, named Virgo, in Italy. Two seconds later, observatories across earth and in space detected a burst of light in the form of gamma rays from...

EU demands
EU demands 'expensive dinner' with May to unlock Brexit talks
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  • 2017-10-16 16:24:23Z

By William James and Alastair Macdonald LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to offer new concessions to Brussels over the terms of Britain's divorce from the European Union when she meets European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker over dinner on Monday, her spokesman

Washington Players Celebrate On The Field With Simulated 'Stop And Frisk'
Washington Players Celebrate On The Field With Simulated 'Stop And Frisk'

After Washington Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller intercepted a pass to seal a 26-24 victory over the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, the player and his teammates simulated an arrest.

Tiffany Trump celebrates 24th birthday in gorgeous all-white blazer dress
Tiffany Trump celebrates 24th birthday in gorgeous all-white blazer dress

Tiffany Trump is feelin' 24! Donald Trump's youngest daughter celebrated her 24th birthday on Friday evening in New York City surrounded by friends, family and, of course, the paparazzi.

IS fighters stage last stand as Raqa capture nears
IS fighters stage last stand as Raqa capture nears

US-backed fighters battled hundreds of Islamic State group jihadists holed up in the last pockets of Syria's Raqa, as the former extremist stronghold stood on the verge of capture. "The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently waging their toughest battles yet," Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, spokeswoman for the operation to capture the city, told AFP. The latest fighting "will bring an end to Daesh's presence", she added, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress
EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress
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  • 2017-10-16 15:04:01Z

By Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Trump

Turkey should close its air space to Northern Iraq, security council tells government
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  • 2017-10-16 14:51:35Z

Turkey's national security council on Monday advised the government to close its air space to Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region and have Baghdad take control of the Iraqi side of its main border crossing. The attempt to put the Habur border gate under control of the Iraqi central government

Björk Says She Was Sexually Harassed By A Danish Director
Björk Says She Was Sexually Harassed By A Danish Director

In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a chorus of women in various industries have been sharing their experiences with sexual harassment and assault.

'This Should Not Have Happened.' A Drone Crashed Into a Canadian Passenger Plane
'This Should Not Have Happened.' A Drone Crashed Into a Canadian Passenger Plane

But everybody on board was OK

Israel says attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon

The Israeli air force on Monday attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft battery that Israel said had fired a missile at its planes as they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon. No Israeli planes were hit, Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said. The counter-strike took place two hours later and "incapacitated" the anti-aircraft unit located 50 km (30 miles) east of Damascus, he said.

Neutron star smashup seen for first time,
Neutron star smashup seen for first time, 'transforms' understanding of Universe

Scientists have for the first time witnessed the crash of two ultra-dense neutron stars, cataclysmic events now known to have generated at least half the gold in the Universe, excited research teams revealed Monday. "We witnessed history unfolding in front of our eyes: two neutron stars drawing closer, closer... turning faster and faster around each other, then colliding and scattering debris all over the place," co-discoverer Benoit Mours of France's CNRS research institute told AFP. The groundbreaking observation solved a number of physics riddles and sent ripples of anticipation through the scientific community.

108 U.S. F-35s Won't Be Combat-Capable
108 U.S. F-35s Won't Be Combat-Capable

The new F-35 program executive officer, U.S. Navy vice admiral Mat Winter, said his office is exploring the option of leaving 108 aircraft in their current state because the funds to upgrade them to the fully combat-capable configuration would threaten the Air Force's plans to ramp up production in the coming years. Without being retrofitted, these aircraft would become "concurrency orphans" - airplanes left behind in the acquisition cycle after the services purchased them in haste before finishing the development process. If they are left in their current state, nearly 200 F-35s might permanently remain unready for combat because the Pentagon would rather buy new aircraft than upgrade...

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Here's the Memo the Kremlin-Linked Lawyer Took to the Meeting With Donald Trump Jr.

No dirt on Clinton, a passing mention of adoptions, and a lot on Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act.

Aimmune teams with Regeneron, Sanofi on peanut allergy drug

(Reuters) - Aimmune Therapeutics Inc said on Monday it would collaborate with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi to develop its experimental peanut allergy drug. The company said it would test the drug, AR101, in combination with Regeneron and Sanofi's dupilumab in a mid-stage trial that is expected to start in 2018 and will be sponsored by Regeneron. AR101, an oral immunotherapy, is already being tested as a mono-therapy for peanut allergy in a late-stage trial.

Toddler Drowns in Grease Pit at Ice Cream Shop
Toddler Drowns in Grease Pit at Ice Cream Shop

A family in Alabama mourns the loss of a 3-year-old girl after she tragically died at an ice cream shop. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more.

Iraqi forces drive back Kurdish fighters in independence standoff
Iraqi forces drive back Kurdish fighters in independence standoff

Iraqi forces seized a key military base, an airport and an oil field from Kurdish fighters Monday in disputed Kirkuk province in a major operation sparked by a controversial independence referendum. The rapid advance, which follows weeks of soaring tensions between two US allies in the battle against the Islamic State group, aims to retake oil and military sites that Kurdish forces took over during the fightback against the jihadists. The US-led coalition against IS urged the two sides to "avoid escalatory actions" and to focus on fighting the extremists, who are on the verge of losing their last strongholds in Iraq.

Monday's Morning Email: Inside Trump's Moves With Obamacare To 'Blow That Thing Up'
Monday's Morning Email: Inside Trump's Moves With Obamacare To 'Blow That Thing Up'

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2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob - First Ride
2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob - First Ride

2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob - First Ride Bare-essentials big twin may be best of the bunch "Llibertat ," is a word moto-journalists became pretty familiar with during last month's Harley-Davidson press ride in Catalunya. The English version of the word -

U.S.-backed militias in final push against Islamic State in Raqqa
U.S.-backed militias in final push against Islamic State in Raqqa
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  • 2017-10-16 11:48:43Z

By John Davison RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month campaign for the city to the brink of victory. A Reuters correspondent saw smoke rising above

The Latest: EU exec leader tightlipped about May meeting
The Latest: EU exec leader tightlipped about May meeting

LONDON (AP) - The Latest on Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union (all times local):

Kevin James Explains Why 'Kevin Can Wait' Killed Off His Wife
Kevin James Explains Why 'Kevin Can Wait' Killed Off His Wife

Kevin James said his sitcom "Kevin Can Wait" killed off his on-screen wife after last season because "we were literally just running out of ideas."

Ruins of Jerusalem hall shed light on Roman-era gatherings
Ruins of Jerusalem hall shed light on Roman-era gatherings

A small, half-built and roofed amphitheatre from 2nd-century Jerusalem has been unearthed during excavations below Judaism's Western Wall, the first such Roman-era find in the city, Israeli archaeologists said on Monday. The 200-seat carved stone structure was found underneath a passageway leading to the raised esplanade where an ancient Jewish temple stood until it was razed by the Romans as they put down a rebellion in 70 AD. Unlike larger, open-air Roman auditoriums, the amphitheatre was likely meant to be an odeon, for musical performances, or a city council meeting hall known as a bouleuterion, the Israel Antiquites Authority said.

Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia
Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia
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  • 2017-10-16 11:16:57Z

By Julien Toyer and Sam Edwards MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan authorities must drop a bid for independence by Thursday, the Spanish government said, moving closer to imposing direct rule over the region after its leader missed an initial deadline to back down. In a confrontation viewed with

'The American Government Has Failed.' Celebrity Chef José Andrés Slams FEMA's Puerto Rico Response
'The American Government Has Failed.' Celebrity Chef José Andrés Slams FEMA's Puerto Rico Response

The celebrity chef is serving tens of thousands of meals every day in Puerto Rico

Pope implicitly criticizes U.S. for leaving Paris climate accord
Pope implicitly criticizes U.S. for leaving Paris climate accord
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  • 2017-10-16 10:51:50Z

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis implicitly criticized the United States on Monday for pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, praising it as a means to control the devastating effects of global warming. The United States is the only country out of 195 signatories to have

Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda exec
Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda exec

Mazda is committed to the rotary, though whether the unique engine design is used to directly power a sports car or serve as a range-extender for an electric car remains to be seen. Mazda has hinted at both options in recent years but so far has tended to flip-flop between the two. Now, though, a senior Mazda executive has hinted that both options could be on the table.

Nancy Pelosi: This Was The Week Donald Trump 'Went Rogue'
Nancy Pelosi: This Was The Week Donald Trump 'Went Rogue'

.@NancyPelosi to @GStephanopoulos: "This week, the week of Friday the 13th, is the week that President Trump went rogue."

Two most-wanted Isil militants in south-east Asia killed in Philippines 
Two most-wanted Isil militants in south-east Asia killed in Philippines 

Islamic State's emir in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon has been killed in offensive by Philippine troops, the country's defence secretary claimed on Monday. His death deals a blow to Isil's reported ambition to create a regional base to carry out terrorist activities across Asia. Minster Delfin Lorenza said Hapilon had been killed alongside Omar Maute, leader of the Isil-linked Maute group, during a final push to retake the southern Muslim city of Marawi, which has been besieged by Islamist militants since May. "We have received a report from AFP ground commanders in Marawi that the operation…has resulted in the death of the last terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, and that...

Iraqi forces retake base, airport, oil field from Kurds
Iraqi forces retake base, airport, oil field from Kurds

Iraqi forces made rapid progress on Monday in their operation against Kurdish fighters in the disputed Kirkuk province, seizing a key military base, an airport and an oil field, commanders said. Iraq's Joint Operations Command (JOC), which groups all pro-government forces, did not specify whether there had been significant clashes in the operation, but the speed of the advance suggested Kurdish fighters were so far withdrawing without resistance. Iraqi troops and allied forces launched the operation overnight after tensions between Baghdad and the Kurds spiralled into an armed standoff following last month's referendum on Kurdish independence.

Oil rig explosion near New Orleans
Oil rig explosion near New Orleans

One worker is missing and several others are injured after a massive explosion ripped through an oil rig in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain.

Philippines vows to crush pro-Islamic State groups after two leaders killed
Philippines vows to crush pro-Islamic State groups after two leaders killed

By Neil Jerome Morales and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' military chief vowed no letup on Monday in hunting down and destroying extremist groups loyal to Islamic State, saying Marawi City would be retaken within days after the pivotal killing of two top rebel commanders. General Eduardo Ano said the successful operation to take out the two leaders was a "triumph of good over evil" and urged the 30 militants remaining in a shrinking combat zone to surrender and free hostages as troops stepped up their fight. "It will be just a matter of days before it will finally be declared that Marawi has been liberated from the clutches of terrorists," Ano told a televised news...

Death toll from Somalia bomb attacks tops 300
Death toll from Somalia bomb attacks tops 300
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  • 2017-10-16 08:03:59Z

By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught up in Somalia's deadliest attack in a decade. The death toll has steadily risen since Saturday

Bombs kill Pakistani soldiers hunting U.S.-Canadian family's kidnappers
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  • 2017-10-16 08:02:08Z

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Bomb blasts killed a Pakistani army officer and three soldiers searching for the kidnappers of a freed U.S.-Canadian family in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials said. Pakistan's army said the attacks in Kurram tribal district

Here's What You Need to Know About the Latest Deadly Bombings in Somalia
Here's What You Need to Know About the Latest Deadly Bombings in Somalia

The attacks are among the worst in recent years

Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh
Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh
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  • 2017-10-16 04:57:00Z

By Zeba Siddiqui COX'S BAZAR (Reuters) - Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing attacks by Buddhist mobs and hunger that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing. Wading

Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle over Kirkuk as 'major operation' launched
Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle over Kirkuk as 'major operation' launched

Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of the city of Kirkuk, after central government forces began a "major operation" to take control of a Kurdish military base and oil fields. Iraqi forces said they had seized an oil field during the operation, which follows soaring tensions over an independence referendum. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said the forces took over the Baba Gargar oil field, one of six in the disputed Kirkuk region, as well as the headquarters of a public oil company. Shortly before, state television announced that government troops had taken "large areas" of the province from Kurdish peshmerga fighters...

Clinton accuses WikiLeaks of blunting impact of crude Trump tape
Clinton accuses WikiLeaks of blunting impact of crude Trump tape

Hillary Clinton Monday accused WikiLeaks of working with Russia to deflect attention away from an infamous tape of Donald Trump bragging about groping women in the run-up to the US presidential election. The former secretary of state's devastating election loss to Trump remains raw and she again lashed out at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his alleged role in damaging her candidacy. "Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator," she said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The Latest: Venezuela ruling party wins most governor races
The Latest: Venezuela ruling party wins most governor races

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - The latest on Venezuela's gubernatorial elections (all times local):

Tillerson: NKorea diplomacy continues until 1st
Tillerson: NKorea diplomacy continues until 1st 'bomb drops'
  • World
  • 2017-10-16 00:52:27Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis "will continue until the first bomb drops."

Death Match: America's Stealth Zumwalt Destroyer vs. Russia's Big Battlecruiser
Death Match: America's Stealth Zumwalt Destroyer vs. Russia's Big Battlecruiser

Zumwalt, unable to get close enough to target with guns and Kirov, unable to use its radar-guided weapons, both break off to fight another day. After more than a decade of supporting land wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, the U.S. Navy is reinvesting in the core mission of sinking ships. The U.S. Navy is expanding this capability but at the same time introducing a new class of ship, the guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt, designed primarily to support land warfare.

China
China's precedent-breaking Xi Jinping gets set to bolster his power
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  • 2017-10-16 00:36:55Z

By Ben Blanchard and Philip Wen BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to amass even greater power at a Communist Party Congress this week, promoting close allies, having his guiding thought enshrined in the party constitution and possibly assuming a title to put him on par with Mao

The F-35 and F/A-18 Super Hornet: The Ultimate Military Combination?
The F-35 and F/A-18 Super Hornet: The Ultimate Military Combination?

In June, the U.S. Navy released a budget allocating $264.9 million towards upgrading its roughly six hundred FA-18E and F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighters to the new Block III standard, which includes some of the enhancements proposed for the Advanced Super Hornet. The first of the upgraded aircraft are expected to enter service in 2019, and the Pentagon is now talking about keeping its Super Hornet fleet active through 2046. A few days later, the Navy also announced plans to purchase an additional eighty Super Hornets over the next five years for $7.1 billion.

The F-22 Is the World's Most Lethal Stealth Fighter (And Its About to Get Better)
The F-22 Is the World's Most Lethal Stealth Fighter (And Its About to Get Better)

Like the F-35, the latest F-22s have radar (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and data-links (F-22 has LINK 16), radar warning receivers and targeting technologies. Also, Air Force officials have told Scout Warrior that, by 2019, the service will begin upgrading F-22 functionality for the AIM-120D and AIM-9X Air-to-Air missiles as well as enhanced Air-to-Surface target location capabilities. The F-22 currently carries the AIM-9X Block 1 and the current upgrade will enable carriage of AIM-9X Block 2.

California fire toll rises to 40
California fire toll rises to 40

The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 40 on Sunday but firefighters reported progress in battling the flames, and thousands of evacuees were gradually being allowed to return home. "Sadly, the death toll has risen to 40 people," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on its website. Cal Fire said 22 of the victims died in Napa and Sonoma counties, just north of San Francisco.

Donald Trump campaign ramps up 2020 re-election fundraising

But legal fees stemming from Russia investigation a major cash drain, new disclosure shows

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