Saturday, August 19, 2017

Report of Ukraine ‘witness’ to DNC hack stirs confusion

PARIS (AP) - A report that a cooperating witness emerged out of Ukraine to help the FBI's inquiry into the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee is drawing confusion and denials in Ukraine.A front-page story published by The New York Times says a malware author linked to the hacking of the DNC's servers had turned himself in and...

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of IS militants

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of IS militants
BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's U.S.-backed army on Saturday launched its biggest military operation yet against Islamic State militants, who gained a foothold along the border with neighboring Syria in 2014.The long-awaited campaign aims to defeat the militants in their last enclave and put an end to a terror threat that has loomed over the country for years.The Lebanese Hezbollah...

Hundreds missing in Sierra Leone mudslides likely dead

Hundreds missing in Sierra Leone mudslides likely dead
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Survivors picking through the debris of Sierra Leone's deadly mudslides are facing the reality that most, if not all, of the estimated 600 people missing are dead.The death toll is already above 450 from the flooding and mudslides in the capital, Freetown, early Monday.Large-scale-burials have begun amid rainy weather and the threat of further...

Finnish police: Stabbing investigated as possible terrorism

Finnish police: Stabbing investigated as possible terrorism
HELSINKI (AP) - A suspect detained for allegedly stabbing two people to death in a knife attack in the western Finnish city of Turku is being investigated for murder with possible terrorist intent, police said Saturday.The dead from the apparent indiscriminate attack on Friday are Finnish citizens, while the eight wounded include one Italian national and two Swedes, the...

Police separate some 500 neo-Nazis, opponents at Berlin demo

Police separate some 500 neo-Nazis, opponents at Berlin demo
BERLIN (AP) - Some 500 far-right extremists began a march in Berlin on Saturday in honor of the 30th anniversary of the death of top Nazi Rudolf Hess.About 500 counter-demonstrators gathered nearby the parade in the Spandau district, separated by hundreds of heavily armored police.Berlin police spokesman Carsten Mueller told The Associated Press that authorities have imposed a number...

South Africa mulls fate of Mugabe’s wife after assault claim

South Africa mulls fate of Mugabe’s wife after assault claim
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Zimbabwe's first lady is expected to make her first public appearance today since being accused of assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in South Africa.Local media are reporting that Grace Mugabe is expected to attend a regional summit Saturday with her husband in South Africa's capital, Pretoria. President Robert Mugabe is attending the Southern...

Russian officials say 8 wounded in Siberia stabbing attack

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian officials say a knife-wielding man stabbed and wounded eight people on a central street in the Siberian city of Surgut before police shot and killed him.A statement from the regional branch of the Investigative Committee said the motive for the mid-day attack Saturday had not been determined. Four of the wounded were in serious condition,...

Nigeria says ailing president to return today after 3 months

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will return to the country Saturday after more than three months in London for medical treatment, his office announced, while giving no details on what exactly has been ailing him.Buhari will address the nation in a broadcast Monday morning, the statement from the office of the presidency said.The government of Africa's...

The Latest: French police carrying out extra border checks

The Latest: French police carrying out extra border checks
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The Latest on the Spain attacks (all times local):11:45French police are carrying out extra border checks on people arriving from Spain as authorities search for a fugitive suspect in the Barcelona attacks.No arrests had been made by Saturday morning, according to a French security official, who described the checks along the normally open border as...

Finnish police: stabbing investigated as possible terrorism

Finnish police: stabbing investigated as possible terrorism
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A suspect detained for allegedly stabbing two people to death in a wild knife attack in the western Finnish city of Turku is being investigated for murder with possible terrorist intent, police said Saturday.The dead from the apparent indiscriminate attack a day earlier are Finnish citizens, while the eight wounded include one Italian national and...