Daily Archives: July 15, 2017

{FD} 6 Congo rangers safe; US journalist, 3 others still missing

Six Congolese rangers were found Saturday in a large forest reserve in Congo’s northeast a day after a security station was attacked by militia, but an American journalist and at least three security guards remain missing, a local official said Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} From small crimes, cousins allegedly move to killing 4 men

Authorities say two cousins who allegedly lured four young men to a farm to sell them marijuana and then killed them started off committing petty crimes. Continue reading

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{FD} AP Was There: The 50th anniversary of the Detroit riots

Gun battles raged in Detroit’s streets. Continue reading

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{FD} Recollections of the deadly 1967 rioting in Detroit

Some insights and recollections of Detroit’s 1967 riots, from those who lived through the unrest and its aftermath: —”Our apartment was on the first floor and it faced the alley. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman killed, 3 wounded as tensions rise with Venezuela vote

Venezuela’s opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that’s escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days… Continue reading

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{FD} Detroit at crossroads 50 years after riots devastated city

Deborah Chenault Green is 62, a writer. Continue reading

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UPDATED: Recent Absence From The Internet

We were totally absent from the internet for three days. This was due to a technical problem on one of our servers. The problem has been corrected. In the future, if such a problem should reoccur, we will take more … Continue reading

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{FD} Turks commemorate 1 year since failed coup with huge march

Turkey’s president addressed tens of thousands of people Saturday at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the country’s crushed military coup, vowing to “rip the heads off” of terror groups and of the coup-plotters who tried to end his more than… Continue reading

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{FD} Bone fragment scare forces Sabrett hot dog recall

The maker of Sabrett hot dogs is recalling more than 7 million pounds of hot dogs because they may contain bone fragments. Continue reading

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{FD} World War II pilot’s remains found in tree, return for burial 72 years later

For more than 70 years a tree protected the remains of a World War II fighter pilot from Washington state whose plane crashed in Germany in 1945. Continue reading

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{FD} Columbia settles lawsuit with student accused of raping ‘mattress girl’

Columbia University has reached a settlement with a former student who had been accused of raping a fellow classmate who became known as “mattress girl,” according to a report. Continue reading

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{FD} US journalist, Congo rangers missing after militia attack; 6 people found

An American journalist and at least three Congolese rangers are missing in a large forest reserve after a security station was attacked by militia on Friday, a local official said Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Pennsylvania murders: Cousins escalate from petty crimes to alleged killers

The cousins started small — break-ins, jewelry heists and traffic violations — but on Friday they were charged in a grisly crime spree that ended with police unearthing the bodies of four young men from two pits buried deep on a sprawling family-owned farm. Continue reading

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{FD} No need for diplomatic status for Russian center, US embassy says

The U.S. embassy in Belgrade said there’s no need to grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of the controversial facility in Serbia that some consider a spy base but that Moscow insists is a disaster relief center. Continue reading

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{FD} Rounds of drenching, severe storms to batter midwestern US next week

Additional rounds of thunderstorms will take aim at the Upper Midwest next week, threatening to turn severe and further heightening the flash flood danger. Continue reading

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{FD} Afghan girls robotics team arrives in US just in time

Twice rejected for U.S. visas, an all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan arrived in Washington early Saturday after an extraordinary, last-minute intervention by President Donald Trump. Continue reading

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{FD} Drought in High Plains the worst some farmers have ever seen

Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to crops and searing pasture and hay land. Continue reading

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{FD} Family scatters Chinese Nobel laureate’s ashes into the sea

China says family members of Liu Xiaobo have scattered the ashes of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate into the sea following his death from cancer this week while in custody. Continue reading

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{FD} Rwandan academic gets life in jail over 1994 genocide

A government official says a prominent Rwandan academic has been sentenced to life in jail after being convicted of genocide. Continue reading

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{FD} Suspect in killing of American in Greece claims innocence: ‘Wrong place at the wrong time’

One of the men accused of killing an American college graduate outside a nightclub in Greece is claiming his innocence as the family prepares to say goodbye on Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Chechen leader invokes damnation for gay persecution claims

Chechnya’s strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that the Russian republic has tortured and killed gay men, denying that there are even any homosexual men in his region. Continue reading

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{FD} US finalizing plans to revamp cyber command

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation’s military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America’s ability to wage cyber war against the Islamic State group and ot… Continue reading

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{FD} Congo militia kidnaps US journalist, 11 park guards

A Congolese rights group says rebels in the country’s eastern Ituri province have kidnapped an American journalist along with 11 Congolese security guards after attacking a security station near a local nature reserve. Continue reading

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{FD} Hurricane Fernanda strengthens in Pacific, no threat to land

Hurricane Fernanda has continued to build strength in the Pacific Ocean but is heading farther out to sea and does not pose any immediate threat to land. Continue reading

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{FD} Christian teenager detained in Pakistan for blasphemy

Pakistani police say a Christian teenager has been detained on blasphemy charges for allegedly using derogatory remarks against Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Erdogan opens monument to victims of failed coup

The Latest on the first anniversary since Turkey quashed last summer’s coup attempt (all times local): 1:30 p.m. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attending a special session in parliament to mark one year since authorities quashed last summer’s coup a… Continue reading

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{FD} Hamas says target Israelis after Jerusalem site attack

Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers are calling on Palestinians to attack Israeli forces in Jerusalem after a sacred site was closed following a deadly assault there. Continue reading

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{FD} Spain rescues 19 migrants from Algeria in Mediterranean

Spain’s maritime rescue service says that it has saved 19 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in a small boat. Continue reading

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{FD} Tony Blair says Brexit must be stopped to halt harm to UK

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says there’s a chance Britain won’t leave the European Union — and stopping Brexit is “necessary” to avoid severe economic damage. Continue reading

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{FD} France wades into Qatar row, urges end to punitive measures

A top Emirati diplomat has cautioned that a diplomatic standoff between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors could be prolonged. Continue reading

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{FD} Conditional release for jailed Utah man sought by Venezuelan prosecutor

A Utah man detained for more than a year on weapons charges in Venezuela might get released from jail. Continue reading

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{FD} Romania: 11 Hungarian tourists rescued from mountain

Mountain rescue workers have saved 11 tourists who were trapped overnight on a mountain in Romania’s northwest Transylvania region. Continue reading

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{FD} Official says water in Pakistan reservoir is fine

A Pakistan official said Saturday that laboratory testing shows that water from Lake Rawal is “fit for human consumption” after tons of dead fish were found in the water body on Islamabad’s outskirts. Continue reading

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{FD} Serbia says Turkish citizen arrested on terrorism warrant

Serbian police say they have arrested a Turkish citizen wanted for alleged terrorism. Continue reading

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{FD} Western US wildfire danger to remain elevated into next week

The risk of wildfire ignition and spread will remain high across the western United States despite an uptick in thunderstorms into next week. Continue reading

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{FD} How Turkey’s failed coup unfolded, hour by hour

A year ago Saturday, a group of Turkish soldiers using tanks, warplanes and helicopters launched a plot to overthrow Turkey’s president and government. Continue reading

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{FD} Brazil’s Environment Ministry proposes shrinking Amazon reserve

Brazil’s Environment Ministry is proposing to open up 860,000 acres of a protected reserve in the Amazon to logging, mining and agricultural use. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman accused of lying about rape claims psychiatric illness

A former university student accused of lying about being raped by two university football players is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed. Continue reading

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{FD} Jail for music teacher, 54, who blames male student, 17, for tricking her into having sex ‘like a used car salesman’

A former Georgia orchestra teacher on Friday admitted that she engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, but at one point shifted at least some of the blame on the pupil. Continue reading

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