The Latest: Smollett says no truth he played role in attack

Published: 2019-02-17 11:10:02 UTC

[Associated Press] CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of the attack on Jussie Smollett (all times local):11 p.m.Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the "Empire" actor played a role in an assault on him last month by what he described …

You’re Addicted to Plastic. Can You Go Cold Turkey?

Published: 2019-02-17 11:02:40 UTC

[The New York Times] Going plastic free starts with cloth bags and straws. Suddenly, you’re … making your own toothpaste?

‘It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out

Published: 2019-02-17 11:02:40 UTC

[The New York Times] The crisis over sexuality in the Catholic Church goes beyond abuse. It goes to the heart of the priesthood, into a closet that is trapping thousands of men.

Land Mines Block Saudi-Led Assault in Yemen, Killing Civilians

Published: 2019-02-17 11:02:09 UTC

[The New York Times] Hundreds of thousands of land mines have stymied the Saudi-led forces in Yemen, and could pose a danger to civilians for decades to come.

Aurora attacker took gun to work he shouldn't have owned

Published: 2019-02-17 11:01:41 UTC

[Associated Press] AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The man who opened fire and killed five co-workers including the plant manager, human resources manager and an intern working his first day at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse, took a gun he wasn't supposed to have to a job he wa…

US-backed Syria force says IS holding 1,000 civilians

Published: 2019-02-17 10:56:19 UTC

[Associated Press] AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — Islamic State militants are preventing more than 1,000 civilians from leaving a tiny area still held by the extremist group in a village in eastern Syria, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian militia fighting the group s…

France's yellow vests mark 3 months amid racist tensions

Published: 2019-02-17 10:47:00 UTC

[Associated Press] PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities opened an investigation Sunday into anti-Semitic remarks hurled at a noted philosopher during a yellow vest protest in the capital, an incident that raised national concerns about the movement's ascendant radical fringe.The Pari…

How a Trans Soldier Took On the Jail That Denied Her Medication, and Won

Published: 2019-02-17 10:42:00 UTC

[The New York Times] She began her transition during a tour of Iraq. When jail doctors on Long Island denied her hormone therapy, her body turned on her. Now they owe her $355,000.

Guaidó sets up Venezuela aid confrontation

Published: 2019-02-17 10:40:13 UTC

[BBC News] The self-declared interim leader calls for a "humanitarian avalanche" on 23 February.

In Iraq visit, U.S. general eyes longer-term Islamic State threat

Published: 2019-02-17 10:36:47 UTC

[Reuters] The general overseeing U.S. forces in the Middle East flew into Iraq on Sunday for talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials expected to focus on ensuring that Islamic State cannot stage a resurgence after U.S. troops withdraw from neighboring Syria.

Iran's Zarif says risk of war with Israel is great

Published: 2019-02-17 10:34:20 UTC

[Reuters] Iran's foreign minister accused Israel of looking for war and warned that its behavior and that of the United States was increasing the chances of a clash in the region.

Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse at 'yellow vest' protest

Published: 2019-02-17 10:27:00 UTC

[Al Jazeera English] Anti-Semitic remarks 'will not be tolerated' said French president following an attack on a prominent intellectual.

Timeline: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Published: 2019-02-17 10:26:13 UTC

[Reuters] Islamic State faces the total defeat of its self-proclaimed caliphate. This timeline chronicles its lightning rise, cruel reign and stubborn fall.

Rouhani says Iran ready to improve ties with Gulf states

Published: 2019-02-17 10:16:59 UTC

[Reuters] Iran is ready to work with all of its neighbors to secure peace in the Middle East in the face of U.S. and Israeli aggression, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, in his latest attempt to weaken ties between regional rival Saudi Arabia and America.

Iran government faces angry online backlash over activists' abuse claims

Published: 2019-02-17 10:13:21 UTC

[Reuters] In early January, labor activist Esmail Bakhshi posted a letter on Instagram saying he had been tortured in jail, attracting support from tens of thousands of Iranians online.

Iran blasts US efforts to turn Europe against nuclear deal

Published: 2019-02-17 09:53:43 UTC

[Associated Press] MUNICH (AP) — Iran's foreign minister is blasting the United States' "unhealthy fixation" with his country and condemning the Trump administration's efforts to press European countries to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Tehran.Mohammad Javad Zarif addr…

Trump tells allies to take back IS fighters

Published: 2019-02-17 09:08:47 UTC

[BBC News] The US president urges its European allies to repatriate 800 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Dutch Palestinians remain disappointed after birthplace ruling

Published: 2019-02-17 08:59:00 UTC

[Al Jazeera English] Netherlands recognises Gaza, occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem as birthplaces, but not the ‘state of Palestine’.

Smollett 'paid Nigerians to attack him'

Published: 2019-02-17 08:46:55 UTC

[BBC News] The actor's lawyers deny the latest reports, which come after Chicago police released two men.

Rouhani to unveil Iran's cruise missile-equipped submarine

Published: 2019-02-17 08:29:00 UTC

[Al Jazeera English] Vessel equipped with modern guided-missile system and capable of operating underwater for up to five weeks.


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