Daily Archives: October 29, 2016

{FD} Soyuz space capsule returns to Earth

A Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. Continue reading

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{FD} Is video of ‘strange thing’ in Alaska river a Loch Ness monster-like creature?

Are the icy waters of an Alaska river home to a Loch Ness monster-like creature? Continue reading

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{FD} Man scattering friend’s ashes halts Metropolitan Opera performance

A man who wanted to honor his deceased friend caused the cancelation of two scheduled performances at New York City’s renowned Metropolitan Opera Saturday afternoon. Continue reading

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{FD} Ohio high school apologizes after ‘Trail of Tears’ banner displayed at football game

An Ohio high school Saturday blamed “ignorance” as it apologized for a banner displayed at a prep football game recalling the country’s brutal treatment of Native Americans. Continue reading

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{FD} Halloween parties become a new trend for young Cubans

A teenager dressed as Batman danced through the door as Reggaeton music thumped inside for a Halloween party in the ground-floor apartment of a Soviet-era housing project in Cuba’s capital. Continue reading

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{FD} Canadian PM plane returns to Ottawa shortly after takeoff

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plane has returned to Ottawa shortly after taking off because of mechanical issues. Continue reading

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{FD} Audley Coulthurst of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies in NYC at 92

A former member of the pioneering black aviation group the Tuskegee Airmen has died. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia plans to ban asylum seekers from ever visiting

Australia on Sunday announced plans to ratchet up its tough policy against refugees by banning any asylum seeker who attempts to reach its shores by boat from ever visiting the country. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Uber driver kidnapped, assaulted passenger

Police say an Uber driver is facing kidnapping and assault charges after taking an unconscious female passenger to a Maryland hotel. Continue reading

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{FD} Unknown powder sprinkled into pit halts NY opera performance

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has stopped a performance after someone sprinkled an unknown powder into the orchestra pit. Continue reading

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{FD} Movies, zombies, Halloween changing Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Hollywood movies, zombie shows, Halloween and even politics are fast changing Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, which traditionally consisted of quiet family gatherings at the graves of their departed loved ones bringing them music, drink and conv… Continue reading

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{FD} Maduro becomes talk of summit _ by not showing up

A meeting of Ibero-American leaders held amid a deepening political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela turned into a guessing game over whether the neighboring nation’s president would show. Continue reading

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{FD} US orders families of consulate workers in Istanbul to leave

The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns. Continue reading

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{FD} Political activist killed in car explosion eastern Libya

A Libyan hospital and security officials say a car exploded in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing three people including a political activist close to a powerful general. Continue reading

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{FD} Spain gets new government, but will it be able to govern?

Spain’s 10-month political deadlock is over and a new government is finally in place, but it’s anybody’s guess how long it will last. Continue reading

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{FD} Imprisoned founder of body armor company dies at 61

The founder of America’s leading supplier of body armor to the U.S. military has died in prison while serving a 17-year sentence for running a massive stock fraud scheme. Continue reading

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{FD} Serbia: Cache of weapons found near PM’s family home

Serbia’s police chief says Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has been moved to a safe location after a large of cache of weapons was found near his family house near Belgrade. Continue reading

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{FD} Belarus allows small demonstration outside KGB headquarters

Dozens of demonstrators bearing lit candles have held a gathering in front of Belarus’ KGB headquarters to commemorate victims of a Soviet mass execution and to protest continuing repression. Continue reading

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{FD} Erdogan: Parliament will ‘soon’ consider death penalty

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the government will soon submit a bill to Parliament to reinstate the death penalty amid calls for the execution of the plotters of a failed coup in July. Continue reading

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{FD} Errant drone temporarily shuts down Dubai’s busy airport

Authorities say an errant drone flying near Dubai International Airport forced the world’s busiest international airfield to close for nearly an hour and a half. Continue reading

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{FD} German police say 4 injured in stabbing in Frankfurt

German police say four people have been injured in a stabbing attack at a commuter rail and subway station in downtown Frankfurt. Continue reading

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{FD} Supreme Court to rule in Virginia transgender case

The Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school. Continue reading

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{FD} Turkey bans pro-Kurdish party leader from travelling abroad

Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has banned the co-chair of the pro-Kurdish political party from leaving the country. Continue reading

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{FD} Brooklyn-to-Staten Island drinking water tunnel is activated

A $250 million drinking water tunnel from Brooklyn to Staten Island that had been delayed by Superstorm Sandy has been activated. Continue reading

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{FD} Girl’s football hopes sacked by rules on competing with boys

Alison Rogers raced across the field, a touchdown-saving tackle in her line of sight. Continue reading

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{FD} Student accused of putting bleach in pregnant woman’s water

Authorities say a Pennsylvania university student accused of having put bleach in his pregnant girlfriend’s water in an attempt to harm her fetus has been charged with attempted murder. Continue reading

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{FD} North Carolina police say 12-year-old shot, killed on porch

Authorities in North Carolina say a 12-year-old girl was killed and a 3-year-old boy was fighting for his life after both were shot as they sat on a porch at a home. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Protesters staying near camp after standoff

The Latest on protests in North Dakota over the Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Romania: US man hospitalized after bear attack

Authorities say a 20-year-old American has been attacked by a brown bear in the Transylvanian city of Brasov. Continue reading

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{FD} Child of ‘Britain’s Schindler’ appeals for help for refugees

The daughter of a stockbroker nicknamed ‘Britain’s Schindler’ for saving Jewish children from the Nazis is appealing for today’s child refugees to be treated with similar compassion. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida cop gives himself ticket after reviewing traffic video

A police officer in Florida who was scanning video footage of traffic violations came across his patrol car running a red light. Continue reading

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{FD} Fourth person dies after blast at German chemical plant

Chemical giant BASF says another person has died from injuries sustained in an explosion at its plant in southwest Germany earlier this month, raising the death toll to four. Continue reading

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{FD} President admits French role in Nazi internment of Gypsies

President Francois Hollande has acknowledged the French state’s role in the Nazi persecution of Gypsies held in Nazi internment camps during World War II. Continue reading

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{FD} Coroner: Dead man mistakenly cremated due to name confusion

A 26-year-old man has been mistakenly cremated after a Los Angeles County Coroner’s technician confused his remains with those of another man with the same name, a spokesman for the coroner’s office says. Continue reading

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{FD} OPEC talks production cuts at previously unannounced meeting

Senior representatives of OPEC and other oil producing nations are meeting in Vienna ahead of a ministerial conference of the oil cartel next month to discuss limiting production. Continue reading

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{FD} French president vows to clear out Paris migrant camp

French President Francois Hollande is vowing to shut down a growing migrant camp in Paris, after his government cleared out 5,000 people from a camp in Calais in an effort to tackle the migrant crisis. Continue reading

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{FD} Bible-quoting cowboy wants $50 million over seized horses

An 80-year-old Bible-quoting cowboy who’s been crisscrossing the country on horseback wants $50 million from New York City for seizing his two steeds after he rode into town in June. Continue reading

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{FD} Angry Egyptians disrupt PM’s visit to flood-stricken city

Disgruntled Egyptians blocked the road in front of the Egyptian prime minister’s entourage as he headed to visit a city devastated by heavy rains and flooding. Continue reading

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{FD} Fire damages what is thought to be England’s oldest hotel

A fire has severely damaged what is thought to be England’s oldest hotel. Continue reading

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{FD} South Korean protesters call for president to step down

Thousands of South Koreans took to the streets of the capital on Saturday calling for increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that she let an old friend, the daughter of a religious cult leader, interfere in importa… Continue reading

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{FD} UN: 25 killed in Central African Republic’s rising tensions

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says 25 people have been killed in clashes between armed groups amid “rising tension” in parts of the country. Continue reading

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{FD} Officials: Family of 11 killed by airstrikes in Yemen

Yemeni security officials say a family of 11 people was killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the war-torn western city of Taiz. Continue reading

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{FD} Iraqi forces keep up push toward Mosul as Shiite militas join battle

Iraqi forces pushed into a town south of Mosul on Saturday after Islamic State (ISIS) fighters fled with civilians used as human shields, as state-sanctioned Shiite militias joined the offensive by opening up a new front to the west. Continue reading

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{FD} Spain’s Rajoy faces 2nd Parliament vote that may end impasse

Spain’s 10-month political deadlock may end as Parliament is expected to approve acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s bid to form a new minority government. Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian airstrikes on Aleppo amid intense clashes

Syrian opposition activists are reporting airstrikes and fighting on the edge of the contested northern city of Aleppo. Continue reading

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{FD} Witnesses: Bomb blasts kill 8 in northeastern Nigerian city

Witnesses say twin explosions from suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers have killed at least eight people in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri. Continue reading

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{FD} Roadside bomb kills 2 soldiers, injuries 4 others in Sinai

Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb killed two soldiers and wounded four others in the restive northeastern region of the Sinai Peninsula. Continue reading

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{FD} Pirates aim for gains as Icelanders choose new government

Icelanders are preparing to vote in a national election, with the radical Pirate Party hoping to unseat the center-right government. Continue reading

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{FD} Car bomb target Yemen’s central bank in Aden

Witnesses say a car bomb has exploded in the southern city of Aden at a checkpoint steps away from the central bank, which has been relocated recently from the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Iraqi forces push into town south of Mosul

The Latest on the battle to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Continue reading

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