The British embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa has reopened after it was closed for nearly two weeks over "increased security concerns". UK staff in Sanaa were sent home after messages between the head of al-Qaeda and the group´s head in Yemen about an attack were reportedly intercepted. US embassies across the Middle East and North Africa were also closed. Yemen said the closures had played into the hands of terrorists, but Britain said safety was the top priority. The BBC´s Rami Ruhayem, in Sanaa, said the reopening of the British embassy, at 08:30 BST on Sunday, appeared to suggest the perceived danger
Comments: And the US Embassy? I found news that the French and German embassies are also opening but did not see any news of the US Embassy.
Sunny the Portuguese water dog - the latest addition to the Obama family – was bought from a breeder in Michigan for around $2,300 and seems have been born though frozen sperm, MailOnline can reveal today. Sunny was introduced to the world earlier this week as a new sister for Bo and the Obama girls through pictures posted on the White House blog but few details about where she came from - apart from saying Sunny was born in June in Michigan. MailOnline tracked down Sunny’s birthplace to Amy Lane in Attica, Michigan. Mrs Lane runs a farm and a Portuguese puppy
The nation´s top intelligence official is declassifying three secret U.S. court opinions that reveal yet more details about how the National Security Agency has spied on Americans, it was announced on Wednesday. The shocking documents show how the NSA inadvertently scooped up as many as 56,000 emails annually over three years, even though they were written by people with no connection to terrorism. The court opinions also reveal how the NSA reported the error in 2011. The court then ordered the agency to find ways to limit what it collects and how long it keeps it. Director of National Intelligence
The White House, Members of Congress and the international community reacted swiftly, but with varying levels of intensity, on Wednesday after reports from Syria indicated that the Bashar al-Assad regime had killed at least 1,300 people with a chemical weapons attack. While the White House held its cards close to the vest, some in Congress were quick to blame the Obama administration for inviting genocide through a weak posture abroad. There are ´no consequences for Assad using chemical weapons & crossing red line,´ Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said in a tweet. ´We shouldn´t be surprised he´s using them again.´
It is one of our most cherished national myths: Britain, standing alone in the darkest days of the Second World War, sustained only by the rhetoric, passion and willpower of its greatest prime minister. In the words of William Rees-Mogg, recalling a childhood spent glued to the radio, Churchill’s speeches “persuaded the country as a whole that the Nazi regime was wholly evil; that there could be no security in surrender”. In doing so, “they saved Britain and, through Britain, they saved the world”. Except that, according to Richard Toye, a history professor from the University of Exeter, it didn’t
An Egyptian court has ordered the release of former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of corruption. But it is not clear whether he will be freed from prison later on Wednesday. The prosecution may still appeal. The 85-year-old is also being retried on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising that forced him from power in 2011. He was sentenced to life in jail last year, but a retrial was later ordered after his appeal was upheld.
Alan Rusbridger’s pushy government pen pal has been outed. Not by The Guardian but by The Daily Mail. It revealed last night that the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, was sent by the Prime Minister to menace Rusbridger. Sir Jeremy told The Guardian editor-in-chief that the paper should “destroy the files after warning that they could fall into the hands of terrorists”. [Snip] The plan, which I like to think of as Operation Oblivious, sprang from the odd belief among senior politicians that the existence of encrypted copies of the data overseas and in the cloud doesn’t matter. It led
The suffering of the casualties shown lying in makeshift hospitals is consistent with the after-effects of gas. Footage of this sort is extremely difficult to stage-manage. One British official said the latest evidence was “significant enough” to warrant the statement issued by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, on Wednesday morning. However, two questions remain. First, even if the pictures are genuine, when did the chemical weapons attack actually take place? Activists say that it happened early on Wednesday morning, coinciding with a bombardment of areas around Damascus by the regime’s forces. But this explanation is open to doubt. Mr Assad
Syrian activists accused President Bashar al-Assad´s forces of launching a nerve gas attack that killed at least 213 people today, in what would, if confirmed, be by far the worst reported use of poison gas in the two-year-old civil war. Activists said rockets with chemical agents hit the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar before dawn. The accounts could not be verified independently and were denied by Syrian state television, which said they were disseminated deliberately to distract a team of United Nations chemical weapons experts which arrived three days ago. Meanwhile, fighting in strife-hit country has fuelled a mass exodus
Four State Department employees who were placed on administrative leave after the Benghazi terror attack have been reinstated, it emerged today. A top House Republican also confirmed that the U.S. State Department´s review of the attack and its aftermath did not include interviews with the employees--suggesting that they may have been used as scapegoats to spare higher-ups any responsibility. [Snip] A State Department official told MailOnline on Tuesday that after Secretary of State John Kerry took over from former Secretary Hillary Clinton, the four employees were placed on leave in order to avoid the appearance of favoritism after Kerry inherited
Police have found the handgun used in a 2012 double murder that has been linked to NFL star Aaron Hernandez, it was revealed today. The .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver was found in a black case in the trunk of a 19-year-old woman´s car after she crashed near Springfield, Massachusetts, in June. The Massachusetts State Police sent the weapon in for ballistics testing and learned that it fired the rounds that killed Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, outside a Boston night club in July 2012. WSHM-TV reports that the woman, Jailene Diaz-Ramos, from Hernandez´s hometown
Pope Francis is a beguiling, confusing pontif. Some in the media imagine him to be Fr Liberal, parachuting into the slums to feed the hungry and chastise the rich. Others regard him as positively medieval--all that crazy talk about demons and exorcisms ("The power of Christ compels you!"). [Snip] Then a chance click on a blog by Alejandro Bermúdez, head of the Catholic News Agency, leant me a fascinating insight into his intellectual character. During his first homily, Pope Francis quoted the 19th century French convert Léon Bloy. And it´s a striking quote: When one does not confess Jesus Christ
So, Hannan, people keep asking me, are you going to stand up for your constituents in Balcombe who are protesting against fracking? Eh, eh, are you, eh? Well, my constituents in Balcombe, like those in every other village I represent, hold a variety of opinions. [Snip] Balcombe is simply the latest destination for the anti-globalisation crowd, whose sense of geography seems hazy. First, they set out to ‘Occupy London Stock Exchange!’ but ended up ‘Occupying St Paul’s Cathedral!’ Now, they have managed to stage their anti-fracking demo in a village where no fracking is taking place: the drilling at Balcombe
Trenton — In case anyone had any doubts on where Gov. Chris Christie stands on climate change, he made his position crystal clear this afternoon: It´s real and it´s a problem. In vetoing a bill (S2946) that would have required New Jersey to stay in a regional program intended to curb greenhouse gases — a program Christie plans to leave by the end of the year — the governor said "climate change is real." He added that "human activity plays a role in these changes" and that climate change is "impacting our state." Christie´s words are his strongest to date in regards to
It’s hard to fathom how or why our administration ever thought the Muslim Brotherhood saw democracy as other than a means to an end — and a particularly repellent one at that — in the first place. It’s not as if the MB is subtle. They have proclaimed who they are since their founding by Hasan al Banna in 1928 and have not wavered in any significant way since in their global jihadist goals. They have also been unstinting in their massive misogyny, homophobia and rigid support of Shariah law über alles (quite literally über alles, since the Brotherhood were —
The images of three youths police say murdered Melbourne baseballer Christopher Lane have emerged. The Oklahoma teens, who face first-degree murder charges, have been named as Chancey Luna, James Edwards and Michael Jones, News.com.au has reported. But their parents yesterday protested their innocence. Jennifer Luna, whose son is suspected of firing the fatal shot, claimed her son was at home saying: "My son is not that way. My son is a good kid." Earlier today, former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has urged Australian tourists to boycott the US in the wake of the shooting murder of the Melbourne baseball star.
Former President Bill Clinton´s foundations spent a total of $50million on travel over the past decade, $12.1million of which was spent in just one year. An internal investigation into spending at the various charities that the former President runs found that the funds used for travel costs have gone up in recent years. The audit comes as new reports have revealed that the Clinton Foundation has been ´in the red´ for years even though the charity has raised hundreds of millions of dollars each year, showing the high cost of running the worldwide charity.
CAIRO — The world’s most influential Islamist movement is in danger of collapse in the land of its birth — its leaders imprisoned, its supporters slain and its activists branded as terrorists in what many are describing as the worst crisis to confront Egypt’s 85-year-old Muslim Brotherhood. In the week since Egypt’s new military-backed rulers ordered a brutal crackdown on camps filled with protesters calling for the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, the group that used its organizational muscle to win the country’s first democratic elections, held in late 2011 and early 2012, has been cast into disarray. Analysts
Waiting to Exhale author Terry McMillan alternately uses Twitter to bash the GOP and share warm and fuzzy life tips with her followers. Today´s social media message falls squarely in the former camp. McMillan, an Obama apologist of the highest order, lashed out at former Gov. Sarah Palin, promising violence should the two women ever end up in the same place at the same time.McMillan previously compared the GOP to Hitler and called Mitt Romney a sociopath.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Australian man attending an Oklahoma college on a baseball scholarship was shot and killed in what police described Monday as a random act of violence by three "bored" teenagers who decided to kill someone for the fun of it. Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, was found dead Friday while visiting the town of Duncan, where his girlfriend and her family live. Three boys, ages 15, 16, and 17, are in custody and face a court appearance Tuesday afternoon.Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday a woman called 911 after she saw Lane stagger across the road
When Craig Mazin first met his freshman roommate, Rafael Edward Cruz, he knew the 17-year-old Texan was not like other students at Princeton, or probably anywhere else for that matter. (Snip) By Mazin’s account and those of multiple members of Princeton’s class of 1992, the Ted Cruz who arrived as a college freshman in 1988 was nearly identical to the man who arrived in Washington as a freshman Republican senator in 2013: intelligent, confident, fixated on conservative political theory, and deeply polarizing.
Chris Lane is the Australian college student and baseball player who was murdered while jogging along a street in Duncan, Oklahoma. The perpetrators were three teenagers who were bored and decided to murder someone just for fun. They saw Lane running by, got in a car, drove behind him and shot him in the back. Two of the bored teenagers, Chancey Luna and James Edwards, have been charged with first degree murder:(Snip for photos)Their confederate Michael Jones is charged with being an accessory after the fact. Apparently Jones was driving the car, while Luna pulled the trigger on a .22
MSNBC host Chris Matthews went off on Tuesday about what he characterized as a variety of efforts by Republicans and conservatives to “delegitimize” President Barack Obama. Among the efforts he cited to prove this case are Republicans calling Obama “a liberal leader,” or simply “Obama,” instead of “The President of the United States.” Addressing Bush’s Brain author Wayne Slater, Matthews tore into what he saw as GOP efforts to ensure that the president’s legacy is a mixed one. “It seems there’s a very interesting compelling continuing effort to delegitimize this president,” Matthews insisted. “People on the right say he’s a disaster, which
Emboldened by an outpouring of support on social media, low-wage fast-food and retail workers from eight cities who have staged walkouts this year are calling for a national day of strikes Aug. 29. The workers — who are backed by local community groups and national unions and have held one-day walkouts in cities such as New York, St. Louis and Detroit — say they have received pledges of support from workers in dozens of cities across the country. The workers are calling for a wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Organizers of the walkout say
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged two teenagers accused of gunning down an Australian student in Oklahoma for the “fun of it” with first-degree murder, and a third teen with being an accessory. Officials say 22-year-old Christopher Lane, who was visiting the U.S. on a baseball scholarship at East Central University, was jogging along a road in Duncan, Okla., after visiting his girlfriend on Friday when he was shot in the back, allegedly by the teens.