Up to 70 people are feared dead after a massive explosion likened to a nuclear blast ripped through a fertiliser plant in West, near Waco, Texas. Latest 8.42 (2.42) Police have said that they do not know what the cause of the fire was at the plant, but say they cannot rule out criminal activity. 8.27 (2.27) April 16 coincidentally marks the anniversary of the Texas City Disaster, when a large cargo ship being loaded with tons of ammonium nitrate caught fire and exploded. In all, 576 people died in Texas City over April 16 and 17, 1947.
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Coincidence? Maybe. Let´s not jump to conclusions quite yet--but don´t rule out foul play, either.
The wife of an American diplomat has been killed in the terror attack on a Kenyan shopping mall which left at least 59 people dead, authorities said today. Secretary of State John Kerry, who offered assistance to Kenya in the incident, told Reuters that several U.S. citizens had been hurt and the wife of a diplomat working for the U.S. Agency for International Development was killed. Ten to 15 hostages are still being held inside a shopping mall in Kenya that was stormed by armed Islamic extremists on Saturday. As many as 300 people were injured in the Nairobi terror attack unleashed
Russia can send its military personnel to help in the proposed operation to eliminate Syria´s chemical arms, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. Mr Lavrov told Russian TV that military observers could help Syria destroy its stockpiles under a US-Russian deal. He also accused the US of using "blackmail" over a UN resolution. The international chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, says Syria has met the deadline to submit details of its estimated 1,000-tonne chemical arsenal. This was the first step in a deal, brokered by Russia and the United States, to eliminate the weapons by the middle of next year
Tim Scott has been a freshman U.S. senator for about 10 months, but he´s been running a high-demand travel schedule, visiting at least 16 states--many “red” in their politics--that have provided fertile ground for cash toward next year´s election. Scott´s calendar has taken him as far west as California speaking to conservative groups and fundraising for an election year in which, by most accounts, he remains one of the safest-seat politicians in South Carolina. Scott´s latest federal campaign filing shows him with more than $2.3 million cash on hand with no serious challenger announced. And, unlike the more globally and
Can we go easy on the phrase "religion of peace" today? Of course most Muslims are horrified what may be the biggest slaughter of Christians by Islamists in modern times: at the time of writing, estimates of the number of dead at All Saints´ Peshawar are ranging from 60 to 200.[Snip] Don´t tell me that every member of that mob was a paid-up, al-Qaeda jihadist: this is also tribal violence inspired by an extreme interpretation of Islamic teachings that is gaining traction in the developing world. What has the Pakistan government done to stop it? Not enough (if anything).
1346: Mr Odinga appealed to people not to propagate hate messages on social media and appealed to the international community to "stand with us". He said he wanted the attack to be treated as an isolated incident and wished the wounded a quick recovery. 1343: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga gave his condolences to relatives of those who died. "It is an act of impunity aimed at destroying the spirit of the Kenyan people," he said. "Kenyans cannot be divided." 1341: Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi said: "This is a very unfortunate visitation of evil once again on the people of
A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who fought against British and US forces in Afghanistan has been killed while fighting for Al Qaeda in Syria. Mohammed Al Alami was released from the top-security detention centre in 2006 after convincing officials that he was no longer a threat to the West. The 37-year-old, who spent four years in custody, claimed he confessed to being a terrorist only after being beaten and threatened with death. But it has now been revealed that he was killed last month while fighting for Al Nusra Front, one of the most violent and ruthless Islamic groups in
The pressure of being related to the Vice President has made Joe Biden´s niece Caroline ´unravel´, a report has claimed. Miss Biden, 26, was detained by police this week after getting into a fight with her roommate, and was pictured being carried away by officers while hiding under a towel. But now her ´friend´ socialite Paul Johnson Calderon has told the New York Post she has a pill and drink addiction caused by the pressure of being related to the Vice President. [Snip] ´The pressure of being Joe Biden’s niece made her totally unravel. it’s a desire for attention, a cry for help,´
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
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
For diners who hate loud restaurants and couples who don´t have anything to talk about, one New York eaterie is hoping to strike gold with its silent suppers. Eat, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, held its first no-talking, four-course dinner this month and it was a sell-out success. Nicholas Nauman, 28, the venue´s managing chef and events planner, said he was inspired by silent breakfasts he enjoyed while staying at a Buddhist monastery in India. He told MailOnline: ´People´s experience of food can be so clouded by noise. Food anxiety is real. ´I wanted to provide people with an opportunity to be quiet and eat.
Pakistan have freed its most senior Taliban detainee in an effort to encourage Afghan peace talks. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was released from jail after being held since 2010, when he was captured in the Pakistani city of Karachi. A spokesman for the interior ministry, Omar Hamid, told the AFP news agency: "Yes Baradar has been released". However, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban´s spokesperson in Afghanistan, said they could not confirm the release. Baradar is one of the four men who founded the Taliban movement in Afghanistan in 1994. He held several senior positions in the Taliban government before it fell
WASHINGTON — The House voted 230-189 along party lines Friday to approve a stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government through mid-December, but it is facing certain defeat in the Senate because it includes language aiming to dismantle President Obama´s health care law. Without a stopgap spending bill, the federal government will feel the effects of a shutdown when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. The bill extends the current rate of government spending at $986 billion a year. House Republicans attached a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, a consistent target of congressional Republicans. However, the provision has
"This is the United States of America," declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Missouri, on Friday. "We´re not some banana republic." He was talking about the Annual Raising of the Debt Ceiling, a glorious American tradition that seems to come round earlier every year. "This is not a deadbeat nation," President Obama continued. "We don´t run out on our tab." True. But we don´t pay it off either. We just keep running it up, ever higher. And every time the bartender says, "Mebbe you´ve had enough, pal", we protest, "Jush another couple trillion for the road. Set ´em up, Joe."
KATY, Texas- Eli Gau admits his 3-year-old son Ryan and 1-year-old son Ethan are a handful at times. "They´re kind of active,” Gau said. “They act like children. They´re not adults." So he and his wife thought nothing of it when they brought their boys to an Applebee’s restaurant in Katy for dinner Sunday night. Gau said everything seemed fine until his oldest boy began wandering away from the table. "I went and grabbed him,” Gau said. ”As I was grabbing him and coming back, the manager was walking to me.” He said the manager told him that the children were making too
Speaking at the annual Congressional Black Caucus dinner, President Obama excoriated congressional Republicans Saturday night for risking a government shutdown, and vowed to stop their efforts to defund his health-care plan. “It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis,” Mr. Obama said at the Washington Convention Center. “Some want to shut down the government rather than provide people with health care!” Referring to Republicans’ strategy to defund Obamacare, the president said he wanted to speak “as clearly as I can.” “It’s not going to happen,” he said. The administration and congressional Republicans are on a collision course over a
Speaking at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Missouri Friday, President Obama accused congressional Republicans of "trying to mess with me" by derailing basic government operations. The sharply-personal remarks--made during a speech in which the president outlined his economic vision--came just hours after the House passed a continuing resolution on a largely party-line vote that would keep the government running while simultaneously defunding the Affordable Care Act. Because the Senate is expected to strip out the defunding plan when it considers the measure, the House action raises the prospect of a possible government shutdown at the end of the month.
President Obama said Republicans in Congress were threatening to make the United States into "a deadbeat" and a "banana republic" with their maneuvers to tie the federal budget and the debt ceiling to defunding ObamaCare. (Snip) "You don´t have to threaten to blow the whole thing up just because you don´t get your way," Obama said. "Nobody gets 100 percent of what they want." Telegraphing his intention to veto any spending bill that delayed or defunded his signature health care law, Obama accused Republicans of lacking "the same common sense" and willingness to compromise that ordinary Americans showed in their
A Twitter debate on policy turned ugly Friday, when a local Democratic official wished the children of a Republican aide to Sen. Ted Cruz would "die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases" after she praised the House´s vote to derail funding for Obamacare. Amanda Carpenter, who formerly worked for Sen. Jim DeMint before heading to the Texas Republican´s office, praised the GOP-led action in a tweet. "GOP beat gun control, changed Obama´s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!" she posted early Friday afternoon.
Mackinac Island— U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a libertarian leader and potential presidential contender, said Saturday Republicans likely have lost the battle on repealing Obamacare and should focus on improving the president’s signature health care law. Paul struck a tone of realism Saturday — a day after the U.S. House voted for the 42nd time to derail the Affordable Care Act. The latest effort was a condition of funding federal operations past Sept. 30 or risking a government shutdown. “I’m acknowledging that we probably can’t defeat or get rid of Obamacare but by starting with our position of not funding it
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, seems to believe that Republicans don´t like President Obama because they´re jealous. "You know why it is," Pelosi told Politico in an interview. "He´s brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done ... and he´s completely eloquent. That´s a package that they don´t like." Republicans also don´t like what Pelosi called the president´s non-partisanship. Obama has been "open, practically apolitical, certainly non-partisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution," Pelosi told Politico "I think that´s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take
Having attained power in late 1917 on a raft of promises — land to Russia´s peasants, bread to Russia´s starving cities and peace to Russia´s World War I-weary soldiers — V.I. Lenin was able to dispense with every one of them by advancing civil war from 1918 to 1921 to justify his acts by crisis. In place of promises of liberty and rights, Lenin gave Russians propaganda, empowering the Bolsheviks to govern through knoutish messages, if not the barrel of the gun. In so doing, he sought to undermine Russia´s weak democracy and to transform society fundamentally. "The Russian Revolution was permeated
Isn’t it obvious that Ted Cruz is in it for Ted Cruz? The man had a choice–he could fight the’ Senate’s push for “amnesty first” immigration legislation, which he had a very good chance of killing, or he could stage a showy fight against funding Obamacare that he’d certainly lose. The first course would annoy the business backers who fund Senate and presidential campaigns. The latter course would gin up and channel conservative anger , boosting Cruz’s profile in the caucuses and primaries,without doing anyone much damage at all (since it would fail). The choice seems to have been a
In his first national media interview since losing the New York City mayoral primary, former Rep. Anthony Weiner joined Geraldo Rivera for a nearly 20-minute appearance on Rivera’s radio show Friday, taking responsibility for his loss while also blaming the media for focusing on his sexting scandal. As he did on the trail, Weiner said he tried to run a campaign on the issues, but he admitted that revelations of further sexting after his resignation from Congress led to his loss. Continue Reading Text Size - + reset Latest on POLITICO King: Shutdown an Obama ´tantrum´ Anthony Weiner: ´I´m not an idiot´ Coal-state Democrats slam EPA Source: W.H. pushing Yellen nod