The death toll from an attack in northeastern Nigeria that saw insurgents dressed as soldiers set up checkpoints and gun down travellers on a highway has risen to at least 142, an official said Sunday. "We recovered 55 bodies on Wednesday and 87 on Thursday," Abdulaziz Kolomi, an official with the environmental protection agency in Borno state where the attack occurred, told AFP. The previous toll from the attack in the Benisheik area was 87. The insurgents suspected to be from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram also burned scores of homes and buildings in the assault and left corpses littering
Last week, Starbucks asked its American customers to please not bring their guns into the coffee shop. This is part of the company´s concern about customer safety and follows a ban in the summer on smoking within 25 feet of a coffee shop entrance and an earlier ruling about scalding hot coffee. After the celebrated Liebeck v McDonald´s case in 1994, involving a woman who suffered third-degree burns to her thighs, Starbucks complies with the Specialty Coffee Association of America´s recommendation that drinks should be served at a maximum temperature of 82C. Although it was brave of Howard Schultz, the company´s
On March 13 of this year, Sen. Ted Cruz and 20 Republican co-sponsors offered an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would "prohibit the use of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." With just 45 Republicans in the Senate (there are now 46), and facing united Democratic opposition, the amendment had no chance. "Sen. Cruz and I have been assured that this amendment will fail and Obamacare will move ahead as planned," said Sen. Mike Lee, a co-sponsor. "If that is the will of the Senate, then so be it." It was the will
WASHINGTON - Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA´s surveillance programs to be sure they weren´t violating civil liberties and to restore Americans´ trust. But with just weeks remaining before its first deadline to report back to the White House, the review panel has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA and all other U.S. spy efforts. The panel´s advisers work in offices on loan from
RENO, Nevada – A World War II soldier´s heartfelt letter to his daughter has finally reached her, seven decades after it was written. Peggy Eddington-Smith received the letter penned by her father, Pfc. John Eddington, as well as his Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, during an emotional ceremony Saturday in Dayton, Nev., about 40 miles southeast of Reno. The father she never met wrote the three-page letter shortly after she was born and shortly before he died in Italy in June 1944. He sent it while stationed in Texas, just before he was sent overseas. Getting his medals was nice, but the
My friend and former colleague Hugh Hewitt is a big supporter of the effort to defund ObamaCare, going so far as to call House staffers who oppose this effort “weenies.” But even Hewitt doesn’t really believe victory is possible. In fact, he admitted it on his radio show the other day: “We’re not going to win this fight,” he conceded. “Please understand that. We’re not going to win this fight. But we are going to educate the American people about what a disaster it is. And we’re going to build the list. And we’re going to identify the activists.” What? I thought
ACORN’s former CEO Bertha Lewis urged Africans-Americans to support increased immigration as a strategy to gain political power. “We got some Latino cousins, we got some Asian cousins, we got some Native-American cousins, we got all kind of cousins,” said Lewis, who spoke Thursday at the annual political conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. “Cousins need to get together because if we’re going to be [part of the non-white] majority, it makes sense for black people in this country to get down with immigration reform,” said Lewis, whose ACORN group was formally disbanded in 2010 after a series of scandals.
NAIROBI — Kenyan troops are locked in a fierce firefight with Somali militants inside an up-market Nairobi shopping mall on Sunday, in a final push to end a siege that has left at least 50 dead and 200 wounded with an unknown number of hostages still being held. Heavy gunfire could be heard as Kenyan security officials said they were attempting to kill or capture the remaining attackers and end to the 22-hour-long bloodbath at the Westgate mall. Somalia’s al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels said the carnage at the part Israeli-owned complex mall was in retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia, where African
In a post yesterday, we noted how quickly the media dropped any interest in the politics of the Navy Yard shooter … as soon as it became clear that the was a mentally-ill liberal black man, not a conservative/Tea Party/right-wing white guy, Why Has The Media Stopped Talking About The Navy Yard Shooter?: The media typically loves stories about people who go on shooting sprees but just a few days after the Navy Yard shooting story broke, no one in the media is talking about it anymore. Why? The answer is pretty simple. The story didn’t fit the media’s preferred gun control
Want to see your tax dollars promoting Islam and giving Muslims at an Islamic school in New York an opportunity to complain that other people don’t understand them, don’t respect them and discriminate against them in restaurants? Oh, and you’ll also learn that Islam gave women rights in the 7th century that women in the West had to live without until the 19th and 20th centuries.
In recent columns in the mainstream press, columnists have been distorting gleefully the Pope´s recent statements to make it appear he´s the liberal that will bring the Catholic Church in line with their own agenda. In actuality, Pope Francis is no more likely to approve gay marriage or homosexual activity than any other pope. If the media were less agenda-driven, they would be trying to debunk a miracle that defies explanation and which involves Pope Francis when he was a bishop in Argentina in 1996.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 52 people and wounded over 100 Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country´s Christian minority in years. The bombing underlines the threat posed by Islamic extremists as the government seeks a peace deal with domestic Taliban militants. It occurred as worshipers were coming out of the church in Peshawar city after services to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn, said a top government administrator, Sahibzada Anees.
At least 65 people were killed in a triple bombing that targeted a tent filled with mourners in Baghdad´s Shi´ite Muslim stronghold of Sadr City on Saturday, police and medical sources said. A car bomb went off near the tent where a funeral was being held, a suicide bomber driving a car then blew himself up, and a third explosion followed as police, ambulances and firefighter were gathering at the scene, police said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 120 others were wounded, medics said. "Crowds of people were visiting the tent to offer their condolences
Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted Sunday morning from the upscale Kenyan mall where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles. Two wounded Kenyan security forces were carried out of the Westgate shopping mall after a sustained volley of gunfire that may have included grenade blasts. Kenyan authorities said the militants held an unknown number of hostages in the shopping center located in the Westlands area of Nairobi, after killing at least 59 on Saturday. The attack is believed to be orchestrated by extremists against non-Muslim Kenyans and Westerners
Gunfire erupted on Sunday at an upmarket shopping mall in Kenya´s capital Nairobi, where at least 59 people were killed and several more held hostage by gunmen from a Somali Islamist group that has declared allegiance to al Qaeda. The shooting, lasting about 30 seconds, came after a period of tense quiet in the standoff, a Reuters witness said, speaking from close to the shopping centre that has several Israeli-owned outlets and which is frequented by Westerners and Kenyans. Foreigners, including a Canadian diplomat, were killed in Saturday´s attack at Westgate mall, claimed by the Islamist group al Shabaab.
At least 59 people have died and 175 people have been injured after suspected members of an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group attacked an upscale shopping mall in Kenya´s capital, Nairobi, Saturday. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of the Interior Joseph Ole Lenku, announced the updated figures in a press briefing shortly after noon local time Sunday. Lenku said that the government believed that between 10 and 15 gunmen were still inside the Westgate shopping mall and described the situation as "delicate." When asked if hostages were still inside the building, Lenku initially would not say, but later, when answering another question, said that
DALLAS — About 30,000 works of art reflecting on love will be displayed throughout Dallas this fall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as his motorcade passed through downtown. On Saturday, volunteers with the nonprofit art organization 29 Pieces began displaying the works as part of its Dallas LOVE Project, intended to show that Dallas — branded the "City of Hate" after the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination — is a place where love thrives. Several incidents before the assassination — including the distribution of fliers in the form of a "Wanted" poster with
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ruler of the murder capital of the United States, would often open his news conferences with a wisecrack: "Do you have questions for my answers?" But these days, with South and West siders afraid for their lives in the bloody gang wars, and a $1 billion deficit facing the underperforming Chicago Public Schools, questions are being asked about him. They come privately, quietly, from the business community and from alley guys who know how the city really works: Is he losing it? Can he run the city? Is Emanuel a better political operative in Washington than a manager in Chicago? And
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has placed an op-ed column in the Washington Post. Rouhani explains: “Why Iran seeks constructive engagement.” D Rouhani presents himself as the harbinger of a benign international order. He appears to be spending his spare time consuming columns and books by the New York Times’s Thomas Friedman. Drafting his Washington Post column, Rouhani may even have sought assistance help from the Friedman op-ed generator. The internal evidence suggests as much to me. Rouhani’s column makes an interesting contrast with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed column. Putin’s column was a calculated assertion of mastery over Barack
Most of the attention these days is on Syria, but there is also a growing problem in Egypt with global implications. Nine Egyptian policemen were wounded by a bomb in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Monday. The week before, suicide bombers killed nine soldiers in the peninsula. Shootings, kidnappings and bombings — roadside, car and suicide — have become routine occurrences in Sinai. And the burgeoning Islamist insurgency is spreading to other parts of Egypt. In early September, the interior minister narrowly survived a car-bomb attack in Cairo reportedly perpetrated by a Sinai-based jihadist group. Already reeling from more than two
President Barack Obama--now eight months into his second term--said today that the U.S. economy is "still trying to recover" from events that took place five years ago before he took office. At the same time, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which dates the beginning and ending of recessions in the U.S. economy, insists that the last recession ended more than four years ago. "It was five years ago this week that a financial crisis on Wall Street spread to Main Street, and very nearly turned a recession into a depression," Obama said in his weekly address.
For almost two decades, Winston Williams traipsed across the sandy hills of western Oklahoma, searching the vast, windswept dunes for a trace of his eldest son. Betty, his wife, baked Jimmy a birthday cake each year, in case their 16-year-old boy, who had vanished while out driving with two friends in 1970, should breeze back in through the front door. As the 1980s turned to 90s, however, their broken hearts surrendered. Gone at just 52 and 56, Winston and Betty never learned what became of Jimmy, Thomas Rios and Leah Johnson that November night. "Until she died, Betty always thought that some day
When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office last month, many international observers hailed him as a new leader that would move Iran past the nuclear issue it currently faces. Rouhani himself has stated, "The administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran intends to put logical and constructive interaction with other countries and international bodies on top of its foreign policy agenda." While some experts openly discussed how Rouhani would be more amenable to negotiations with the West over its enrichment activities others wondered if President Rouhani even has the power to call the shots or if his conciliatory tone is a
The EU is all up on arms because a French diplomat supposedly was roughed up by Israeli soldiers. The background is that the Israeli Supreme Court — which often sides against the Israeli military — upheld the demolition of a Palestinian encampment built in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank without a permit. A group of Palestinian activists assisted by European activists, including some diplomats, then sent trucks with supplies to reestablish the encampment. The posse was accompanied by the usual phalanx of photographers and videographers, some wearing UN vests, because the purpose was to provoke a confrontation which would be a
WASHINGTON- President Obama used the podium at the Congressional Black Caucus´ annual dinner Saturday to again rip Republicans for trying to defund U.S. healthcare reform. Obama told those gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the caucus foundation´s Phoenix Awards dinner he wanted to speak "as clearly as I can -- it´s not going to happen." (Snip) "It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis" and focus on "what really matters," Obama said, reiterating that the federal debt ceiling is not up for negotiation because the country is obligated to pay its bills. While Obama spent