Iraq has asked the United States for new help to fight extremists in the country less than two years after it forced American troops to withdraw. The request follows a resurgence of violence across Iraq and a renewed threat from al Qaeda extremists. The White House has largely turned its attention away from Iraq since US forces left in 2011. But the country has recently been hit with deadly bombings at a rate reminiscent of Iraq´s darkest days, stoking new fears of a civil war. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in terror-related attacks in July, the deadliest month since
The Israeli army has fired into Syria after shells from the neighbouring country hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, a military spokesman says. "Today, several shells fired from Syria landed in the central Golan heights, adjacent to the Israel-Syria border," he told AFP on Saturday. Israeli military "forces carried out a pinpoint strike, targeting the source of the shooting. A hit was confirmed." The spokesman said at least three shells were confirmed to have hit Israel. (Snip) Army radio reported the Israeli attack demolished a Syrian military position.
Washington - Federal agents have launched a criminal investigation of instructors who claim they can teach job applicants how to pass lie detector tests as part of the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on security violators and leakers. The criminal inquiry, which hasn’t been acknowledged publicly, is aimed at discouraging criminals and spies from infiltrating the U.S. government by using the polygraph-beating techniques, which are said to include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic. So far, authorities have targeted at least two instructors,
Boston - Gov. Chris Christie told Republican leaders his New Jersey successes were an example of winning GOP support from female and minority voters in a blue state. The party should follow conservative economic themes and the pledge of pragmatic governance, the one-term governor, (Snip) "I´m not going to be one of these people who goes and calls our party stupid," he said, alluding to Jindal, the Republican Governors Association chairman, who told the RNC in January the GOP had to "stop being the party of stupid." "There´s nothing wrong with our principles," Christie said.
Baghdad - Iraq´s prime minister warned Saturday that weapons and fighters flowing into Syria are now making their way to Iraq, as a rising tide of violence sweeps across the country. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that weapons provided by some countries to the Syrian rebels and foreign fighters attempting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, are now ending up in Iraq. "The weapons provided to those killers in Syria have been smuggled to Iraq and those wolves that came from different countries to Syria are now sneaking into Iraq," he said during a youth gathering.
Los Angeles - A Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is constitutional, a federal judge has ruled. The decision is a setback to porn producers who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, which was approved by voters last November. It was sponsored by five individuals affiliated with the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation. In the ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson wrote that supporters presented sufficient evidence of the health risks the measure seeks to reduce.
"Lee Daniels´ The Butler" opened to a strong $8.3 million Friday, putting the Forest Whitaker-Oprah Winfrey civil rights saga on pace for a debut weekend in the $25 million range. That about $5 million over analysts´ expectations and makes the Weinstein Company´s decision to release the "The Butler" in 2,933 theaters, rather than the gradual platform release favored for most awards hopefuls, look like a good one. Its $8,300 per-screen average was well ahead of anything else in the market on Friday. Also read: ´´The Butler´ Reviews: Is the Civil Rights Drama a Masterpiece or Maudlin?
The Obama administration faced a backlash from congressional Democrats on Friday following revelations that the National Security Agency broke privacy rules and overstepped its authority thousands of times since 2008. The details were reported late Thursday in The Washington Post, based on an audit and other secret documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The report challenged claims by President Obama just last week that the NSA was not abusing its authority, (Snip) House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called the latest reports "extremely disturbing."
"This Town" exposes Washington, DC, for the scandal that it really is. The conventional wisdom is that the nation´s capitol is dysfunctional. And for the American taxpayers, that is certainly true. But, for the people who actually live and work there, it is functioning better than they could have ever imagined, thank you very much. As Leibovich reveals in his book, which is a literary proctological exam of the country´s political establishment, "The problem is not that the city is hopelessly divided, the problem is that it is hopelessly interconnected." Leibovich puts Washington through an acid bath,
Washington - A troubled new computer system used by inspectors at the nation’s 6,500 meatpacking and processing plants shut down for two days this month, putting at risk millions of pounds of beef, poultry, pork and lamb that had left the plants before workers could collect samples to check for E. coli bacteria and other contaminants. (Snip) “Management sent out a memo saying to reschedule the sampling of meat,” said Stan Painter, a federal inspector in Crossville, Ala., who leads the inspectors’ union. “But in most cases that meat is now gone. We can’t inspect product that went out the
New information which has been passed to the police relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed is thought to include an allegation that they were murdered by a member of the British military, it emerged tonight. Scotland Yard said it is ´scoping´ the information and ´assessing its relevance and credibility´. It is understood the allegation was made by the former parents-in-law of a former soldier based on information that the ex-soldier talked about in the past, according to a military source. It is believed the information was passed to the Metropolitan Police through the Royal Military Police.
Egypt’s famous Malawi National Museum has been ransacked, looted and smashed up by vandals in another example of the recent unrest in the country. Photos of the damaged artefacts and empty display cases were released this afternoon as supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi fought a gunbattle with security forces in a Cairo mosque. According to a statement made by the Ministry of Antiquities, the museum, in the Upper Egyptian city of Minya, was allegedly broken into and some artifacts were damaged and stolen on Thursday evening. Scroll down for videos
Audrey Hepburn had come a long way from her early days as third chorus girl on the left in the line-up for a 1950 musical called Sauce Piquante at London’s Cambridge Theatre. Her take-home pay then was a modest £8 a week, but she had gone on to become the toast of Broadway in Gigi, won an Oscar for her first big Hollywood movie Roman Holiday, and played a string of other major roles in films such as Breakfast At Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady. In short, she’d become a millionaire and a world star. But in private, she lived
NewsBusters readers might recall Stacey Dash, the black actress who was racially attacked on Twitter last year for having the nerve to come out in support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Dash took to Twitter again Friday this time responding to Oprah Winfrey´s comparison of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till writing, "Shame on you Oprah": If You aren´t careful, The newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed And loving the people who are doing the oppressing ~ Malcolm X Oprah Compares Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till; Says Obama is "Smart" for Not Appearing on Fox
Egypt’s Orthodox Coptic Church announced on Friday its support for the military and security forces in their fight against what it called “groups of armed violence.” “The Egyptian Coptic Church is following the unfortunate developments on the ground of our country Egypt and emphasizes its strong stance with the Egyptian police, armed forces and other organizations of the Egyptian people in the face of groups of armed violence and black terrorism,” the church said in a statement. “While we appreciate the sincere and friendly position that understands the nature of the developments, we strongly deplore the media fallacies that are
There´s no mystery why the U.S. Golf Association chose The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., as the venue for this week´s U.S. Amateur. That´s where Francis Ouimet, an unheralded 20-year-old amateur, won the U.S. Open 100 years ago next month. Somewhat inconveniently, Friday´s amateur action left four players standing, none from the U.S. (two from Australia, one each from England and Canada). (Snip)Class was definitely a theme. Ouimet wasn´t a scion of society, which most Americans rightly associated with golf back in those days. He lived with his parents in a small house across the street from The Country Club
In the ongoing federal investigation of state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, prosecutors have served subpoenas on numerous law firms, seeking detailed information about referral fees paid to McCaffery´s wife. Veteran defense lawyer John W. Morris, who represents one of the eight firms referred cases by McCaffery´s wife, Lise Rapaport, said his client turned over records last month. The federal grand jury subpoenas to law firms also demanded information about campaign donations to McCaffery, according to Morris and Charles E. Schmidt Jr., a top attorney with another of the firms that received a subpoena. Though federal authorities have refused
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — It was an illicit and volatile love affair that spanned two war zones and four countries. The married general couldn’t stay away from a captain on his staff. She fell hard for her boss and called him “Poppa Panda Sexy Pants.” The three-year entanglement ended disastrously for both, at a time that could not be worse for the Army. All the raw and sordid details are spilling out in an austere military courthouse here, where the Army is girding — for only the third time in half a century — to court-martial one of its generals.
NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. - A mother concerned about art work posted at a Newton County school with the words "God is Dead" got a chance to voice her concerns to the principal on Friday. As FOX 5 reported on Monday, Crystal Mitchell was upset about a poster at Alcovy High School that quoted from the Arthur Miller play "The Crucible." "It made my daughter very uncomfortable," Mitchell said. "If my child can´t pray in school and they´ve taken religion out of school, for this to be plastered on the walls of school, is a huge concern for me."
That Egypt has a new strongman is no longer in doubt. Since the Egyptian military ousted the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi last month following protests across the country, posters of Egypt’s de facto leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, have become more ubiquitous on Cairo streets than Sphinx souvenirs. The head of the Army stares out from café walls and the windows of government buildings, the red and the gold of his uniform remaining bright, even as the features of his face fade under the relentless sun. “He is the one we can trust,” read some of the posters. Others
Since the public learned in June about sweeping National Security Agency programs, government officials from President Obama on down have insisted the nation´s surveillance programs are subject to layers of oversight. "I am comfortable that the program currently is not being abused," Mr. Obama said in a press conference last week, when he announced new efforts at increasing transparency. "Part of the reason they´re not abused is because these checks are in place." However, the latest revelation that the NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times, as documented in an internal report -- an internal report withheld from at least
An Oklahoma federal judge struck down a state constitutional amendment that forbade its courts from considering Islamic law in judicial decisions. The constitutional amendment — approved by more than 70% of Oklahoma voters in 2010 — was part of a broader national push led by a handful of organizations that claim Islamic Sharia law is creeping into courtrooms. WSJ wrote about the anti-Sharia movement last year. Because the proposed amendment discriminated among religions, Oklahoma needed to show a compelling state interest to justify it, U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City wrote in her decision. The decision, made on Thursday, largely mirrors
On his radio show on Thursday night, conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt lobbied National Review columnist and occasional fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh to make a run for a New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat against the current incumbent, Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Hewitt on Friday had announced the launch of SteynforSenate.com, where one can sign a petition to encourage him to run as well as be notified how to contribute to his campaign in the event he does run. But in his regular appearance on Thursday, Steyn expressed his disappointment in the lack of the quality of candidates
President Obama and other top administration officials rubbed shoulders with stars of screen and stage during an exclusive Martha´s Vineyard cocktail party hosted by Comcast CEO Brian Roberts earlier this week, according to a report from the New York Post. In addition to the president and first lady, top Obama fundraiser and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was in attendance, as was "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David and singer Carly Simon. (Snip)Other notables included Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, entertainment executive Peter Chernin, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Comprehensive immigration reform advocate Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) seemed to admit that immigration reform legislation will not pass the House this year, telling Bloomberg News on Friday that he only expected passage of a "comprehensive" bill "within the next 9 to 12 months. “Within the next 9 to 12 months, I believe, yes, that you´ll get a bill that has serious border security, more serious and less expensive than the Senate´s version, and that also has future flows,” Norquist said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt to air at 9 p.m. EDT Friday evening on
CAIRO — Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, a government spokesman said Saturday, once again outlawing a group that held the pinnacle of government power just more than a month earlier. The announcement comes after security forces broke up two sit-in protests this week by those calling for the reinstatement of President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader deposed in a July 3 coup. The clashes killed more than 600 people that day and sparked protests and violence that killed 173 people Friday alone.