President Obama has now addressed the seventh mass shooting of his presidency, and we certainly heard the weariness in his voice Monday as spoke about the massacre at the Washington Navy Yard: “It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. (Snip) As a state legislator now branded by the word “recalled,” I can identify with that weariness. Gun legislation has stalled in Congress because lawmakers fear the fate I suffered — being targeted, voted out or recalled by extremist political activists because of views on firearms safety that dare challenge the gun lobby. The recall fight that my
Beijing -- Huawei, China´s leading information and communications solution provider, has pledged to diversify its service portfolio in Europe, while the United States has offered no easy market access, its senior executive said. "Our expansion progress in Europe is different from that in the US, where we have encountered access difficulties due to some groundless reasons given by the American side," Patrick Zhang, president of marketing and solutions, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, told China Daily in the Netherlands. While continuously enhancing business cooperation with European telecommunications operators, Zhang said providing information technology solutions to European enterprises is a new growth
Released 60 years ago, when the western was arguably at its apogee, "Shane" had in fact been shot some two years earlier in northwest Wyoming. Paramount Pictures had fretted over director George Stevens´s protracted editing and then, spurred by the "wider still and wider" spirit of the time (Cinerama as well as the nascent CinemaScope processes), opened the picture in a ratio of 1.66:1, which meant the image was sheared at top and bottom, cinematographer Loyal Griggs having composed the film for the traditional "Academy" ratio of just 1.37:1. The Variety reviewer of the time, however, saw immediately the value
A series of gun attacks overnight in Chicago left four men dead, following a shooting at a South Side park that wounded 13 people this week, police said on Saturday. The latest violence came as the city struggled to respond to a rash of street violence. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel returned home from Washington, after cancelling meetings there, and spoke at a prayer vigil on Friday night where he urged witnesses to Thursday´s park shooting to come forward. "We cannot allow children in the city of Chicago and we will not allow children in the city
At least 30 people were reported dead and 60 wounded, including foreigners, after gunmen stormed an upscale mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, says the country’s Red Cross. Witnesses said the attackers ordered all Muslims to leave the premises, as only non-Muslims would be targeted. "The casualties are many, and that´s only what we have on the outside. Inside there are even more casualties and shooting is still going on," Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary General Abbas Guled said. A police officer inside the shopping center said the gunmen had barricaded themselves into the Nakumatt supermarket. "We have reports of American citizens injured
Responding to criticism that a government shutdown would be the fault of Republicans for bundling Obamacare with a debt ceiling deal, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, blamed the president for his unwillingness to negotiate. “This isn’t a dictatorship. The president can’t say, ‘Give me exactly what I want, or I’ll blame you,’ ” Mr. Gingrich said on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday. House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, made a similar criticism of President Obama in a video released Thursday that wondered why the president was so eager to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but would not
Billionaire investor George Soros, 83, will marry 42-year-old Tamiko Bolton today, followed by a huge party at his Caramoor Estate in Bedford, with 500 guests. We’re told the couple will say their vows in front of a select group of friends and family before they celebrate with hundreds from 4:30 p.m. onward.-SNIP-Also there will be Paul Tudor Jones II and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Somali militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting at a mall in Kenya, according to several media reports. "On its Twitter feed, the al-Qaeda-linked group said it confirmed it was behind what it called the ´Westgate spectacle,´" according to the BBC. The group took responsibility after gunmen attacked a shopping mall in an upscale district of Nairobi on Saturday, killing more than two dozen people in what is believed to be a targeted attack by extremists against non-Muslim Kenyans and Westerners in the area. (Snip)The attack, which took place midafternoon, according to Kenya´s Daily Nation, began after
The man they called “the Hammer,” who used Democrats as anvils, got a little satisfaction Thursday. An appeals court in Texas reversed the money-laundering conviction of Tom DeLay and told him to go and sin no more. Time and events move quickly in the modern media, and a new crime of the century arrives with the noise of every news cycle. The final acquittal of Tom DeLay, who was once the Republican majority leader in the House, is but a footnote to the news. He was once the most feared man on Capitol Hill, merciless in pursuit, and like all
The most notorious was the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi, but since Kenyan forces´ foray into Somalia in October 2011, smaller-scale grenade, gun and bomb attacks on civilians have increased dramatically. 1980--A bomb flattened the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi on New Year´s Eve, killing 20 people and injuring 80. An Arab group claimed responsibility, saying it was in retaliation for Kenya allowing Israeli troops to refuel in the capital en route to rescue 100 hostages being held by pro-Palestinian hijackers at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. [Snip] 2011 to 2013--Since Kenyan troops were sent along with American, French and Ethiopian
A senior figure in the Somali militant group al-Shabab has told the BBC it carried out a deadly attack on a shopping centre in neighbouring Kenya. Al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaeda, said the attack was in response to Kenya´s presence in Somalia, where its troops have been fighting the militants since 2011. A senior Kenyan security official has put the death toll at 11. However, the Red Cross says at least 30 people were killed and dozens injured. On its Twitter feed, the al-Qaeda-linked group said it confirmed it was behind what it called the "Westgate spectacle". The attackers
Gunmen who opened fire at a shopping centre killing at least 25 and injuring dozens more today let muslims go free if they could prove they were Islamic. Witnesses caught up in the attack at Westlands Shopping Centre, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, said anyone who could recite a muslim prayer to their captors was allowed to leave unscathed. But the attackers turned their guns on anyone who could not prove their Islamic credentials. Sir Simon Fraser, the Foreign Office´s chief civil servant and head of the Diplomatic Service, said on Twitter that Britons had been caught up in the
The news that hundreds of scientists and officials from all over the world are this weekend converging on Stockholm to discuss the next 2,000-page report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) again highlights what is the most terrifying political conundrum facing our country today. Emerging in instalments over the next seven months, this report will try to convince the world, without a shred of hard evidence, that the prospect of catastrophic man-made global warming is “extremely likely”. The air is already thick with familiar claims and counterclaims, President Obama quotes yet another laughably silly paper trying to
The kind of violence that typically plagues Chicago does not handily fit the terms of the national debate on assault weapons and mass shootings. While tragedies in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and other cities have made the nation stop and take notice, the nearly daily killings in Chicago more often make headlines only by the periodic tallying of their collective toll. Most often, the approximately 500 people slain last year in Chicago were shot one at a time, usually with a handgun that could be concealed in a waistband or jacket pocket. The gun violence that unfolded Thursday night at
Bias: Heard the one about how House Republicans have passed 40-plus bills to repeal or defund ObamaCare, all of which went nowhere? It´s not true. Yet the mainstream press continues to peddle this blatant falsehood. In the run-up to Friday´s House vote to defund ObamaCare, the media tried to portray it as part of some deranged anti-ObamaCare syndrome. As evidence, they claim Republicans have already tried this dozens of times before, all to no avail. (Snip) Just one problem: Twenty percent of those bills made it to Obama´s desk and secured his signature.
NAIROBI, Kenya — An upscale mall popular with the Kenyan elite and the foreign diplomats and businesspeople who call Nairobi home turned into a war zone on Saturday, as gunmen opened fire on shoppers in an apparent terrorist attack, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more. At nightfall, the mall remained sealed off to the public as police officers and soldiers searched floor by floor for the gunmen, who were still believed to be inside with hostages. Witnesses described hearing explosions and gunfire as they fled, leaving behind blood, broken glass and carnage in what was apparently one of
At least 26 people have been killed or sucumbed to injuries following the shooting at the Westgate Shopping mall in Nairobi´s Westlands area. This is according to the Kenya Red Cross service that provided emergency response services. Red Cross also say that a further 50 people have been admitted to various hospitals with injuries ranging from gunshot wounds to fractures and cuts. The hospitals receiving patients are Aga Khan, MP Shah, Nairobi Hospital and the Kenyatta National Hospital. A combined contingent of the General Service Unit, the Kenya Defence Forces among other security agencies are currently conducting an evacuation exercise at the
A well-organised “terror gang” is believed to be behind an armed assault on a Nairobi shopping mall, senior police sources told AFP, adding they had also detained one wounded suspect. “This cannot be a normal robbery because all the survivors are saying how the group confronted them and opened fire,” a senior police official told AFP on condition he remained anonymous. “We have reports there were up to 10 or so attackers and they appeared to be wearing a similar outfit, and others covered their faces,” another police official said. “The pattern of the attack and the way they were speaking to their
MOSCOW- It looks like quarterback Tim Tebow won´t be taking his talents to Red Square, the owner of a Russian football club said Saturday. Mikhail Zaltsman told Russia´s R-Sport he offered the Heisman Trophy winner $1 million to play in two games with his Moscow Black Storm squad but Tebow declined the offer. "Unfortunately agents of Tim Tebow turned down our proposal," Zaltsman said. "I hope that it´s Tebow´s agents´ fault that the contract wasn´t signed and Tim couldn´t do anything about it." Zaltsman said the Black Storm, part of the 18-team semi-pro American Football Championship of Russia league,
A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima. The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster of monumental proportions when two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina on 23 January 1961. The bombs fell to earth after
Gunmen attacked an upscale shopping mall in the Kenyan capital on Saturday, leading to a fierce gunbattle with police and leaving dozens of casualties. The Kenyan Red Cross reported 20 dead, though a government official, Joseph Ole Lenku, only confirmed 11. Fifty more people were wounded in the attack at the mall in Nairobi, said Abbas Gullet, head of the Kenyan Red Cross. A security agent told CNN´s Lillian Leposo at the scene that the violence was a terrorist attack, but officials had yet to confirm that information, Leposo told CNN.
The most powerful typhoon of the year was eyeing landfall on Hong Kong today as it swept past the Philippines and Taiwan, sparing those countries from the worst of its wrath. Typhoon Usagi had gusts exceeding 163 mph this morning as it battered island communities in the Luzon Strait, according to the U.S. Navy´s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. China´s National Meteorological Centre announced a red alert, its highest level, as the storm maintained its track toward Hong Kong and the manufacturing heartland of the Pearl River Delta. Scroll down for video -The observatory warned that Usagi would also smash into
Afghan troops are in the midst of their deadliest fighting season since the war here began 12 years ago. That is because, as U.S.-led forces withdraw, the Afghans are fighting a different war. The Taliban are growing more aggressive. Coalition forces, taking with them their superior training and equipment, are leaving Afghan troops less able to fight and less able to save the lives of their critically wounded. The Afghan forces—including the army, national police and village self-defense police—have been losing well over 100 men a week to insurgent attacks, with close to 300 injured, through much of the summer, according
Oklahoma City - Here´s something you don´t often see in Washington: a businessman trying to repeal a law that helps his company. That´s Bob Funk´s latest mission in life. He´s the president and founder of Express Employment Services, the fifth-largest employment agency in America, with annual sales of $2.5 billion and more than 600 franchises across the country. This year he will place nearly half a million workers in jobs. "ObamaCare has been an absolute boon for my business," he says as we sit in his new office headquarters near downtown Oklahoma City.