December 16, 2017

Opinion

  • The Latest: Winds temporarily calm at huge California fire - December 15 2017 12:41

    The Latest: Winds temporarily calm at huge California fireSANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a huge wildfire burning in Southern California (all times local):


  • 6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island - December 15 2017 11:44

    6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java islandA strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java late Friday, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami, but authorities said they had issued a warning following the tremor, which struck a coastal region some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the capital. National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house.


  • What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy Hook - December 15 2017 11:43

    What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy HookOn the morning of Nov. 14, staff members at Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning, California, heard the sound of a single gunshot in the vicinity of the campus.


  • Trump wraps up week with attacks on FBI and US immigrants: 'The worst people' - December 15 2017 11:10

    Trump wraps up week with attacks on FBI and US immigrants: 'The worst people'The US president also made the false claim that foreign countries send the “worst of the worst” to America through the green card immigration lottery system. Having recently claimed the FBI’s reputation is in “tatters”, Trump launched his latest criticism following reports that former an FBI agent watered down director James Comey’s statement – in the midst of the 2016 presidential election race – on Hillary Clinton’s private email server and text messages.


  • Battle lines drawn for South Africa's ANC on eve of leadership vote - December 15 2017 10:58

    Battle lines drawn for South Africa's ANC on eve of leadership voteBy Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruler since the end of apartheid, faces perhaps the most pivotal few days in its recent history when it meets over the weekend to choose a successor to Jacob Zuma as party leader. The ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the job is likely to become South Africa's next president. Economic growth in Africa's traditional powerhouse has been lethargic over the last six years and the jobless rate stands near record levels.


  • The Latest: Penn State says it promotes safety in Greek life - December 15 2017 10:19

    The Latest: Penn State says it promotes safety in Greek lifeBELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury report on excessive drinking in Penn State's fraternity system (all times local):


  • Many of Trump's comments 'racially charged', says ex-White House staffer Omarosa - December 15 2017 09:51

    Many of Trump's comments 'racially charged', says ex-White House staffer OmarosaManigault-Newman’s exit has revived focus on the lack of diversity in Trump’s White House. Many of Donald Trump’s comments have been “racially charged”, the most high-profile black woman to have worked in his White House has said. Former reality TV star Omarosa Manigault-Newman, whose departure was announced this week, went on to say that despite those exchanges, she did not consider the president a racist.


  • 2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity Pageant - December 15 2017 09:50

    2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity PageantOne eager Tennessee 2-year-old took matters into her own hands during her church’s recent Nativity pageant


  • Man charged in shooting of cops saved by bulletproof vests - December 15 2017 09:43

    Man charged in shooting of cops saved by bulletproof vestsST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old man was charged Friday in the shooting of two suburban St. Louis police officers who were saved by their bulletproof vests.


  • One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has Vanished - December 15 2017 08:34

    One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has VanishedSouth Korean intelligence agencies are reporting that a top North Korean general may have been executed, despite being seen by Kim Jong Un’s side as recently as September.


  • Where's Barron? First son's absence from official White House Christmas portrait raises questions - December 15 2017 07:48

    Where's Barron? First son's absence from official White House Christmas portrait raises questionsThe White House released the Trump family's first official Christmas portrait on Thursday -- capturing the president and first lady holding hands and smiling as they posed nestled between flags and Christmas trees.


  • German teenager says she was 'idiot' for joining Isil, in first interview since capture - December 15 2017 07:10

    German teenager says she was 'idiot' for joining Isil, in first interview since captureA German teenage girl has said she was an “idiot” for joining Islamic State and the decision has wrecked her future, in her first interview since her arrest by Iraqi forces in Mosul.   Linda Wenzel, 17, claimed her escape was a “stupid idea” but showed little remorse in the first meeting with her family since she left her hometown of Pulsnitz in Saxony for Syria in July last year.  Linda was briefly reunited with her mother Katharina and sister Miriam, who were allowed to visit her at the Palace of Justice in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.  A video of the meeting shows Linda, who is currently being held in prison while she awaits trial, wearing a flowery headscarf sporting round cheeks. She appears hesitant at first and pauses for a few seconds before finally embracing her mother, who hands her a stuffed toy.  Linda embraces her mother in Baghdad Credit: Weltspeigel Extra She told her mother: “I do not know, how I came up with the stupid idea to go to the Islamic State. I have ruined my life.” Speaking about why she left home, she said there were problems with her family at that time. After deciding to convert to Islam she felt rejected by her parents and friends at school.  “You could have talked about it,” her mother told her daughter in the meeting. “I couldn’t talk to you,” Linda replied. “You said you didn’t accept that I had joined Islam." Linda's mother hands the teenager a stuffed toy Credit: Weltspiegel Extra  Linda said she then fell in love with a Chechen man online and he convinced her to travel to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s so-called caliphate in Syria.  She said she watched Isil videos, “which were so rosy – where men and their wives and children wandered together through parks … they baked bread together. It was like being in another world.” She travelled on her mother’s documents to Turkey. From there she says she was married to the man, whose full name she does not know. She called him Mohammed, but said: “I don’t know (his surname), something Chechen.” Linda Wenzel on the day she was capture in Mosul by Iraqi forces Credit: Social media The marriage was conducted in Turkey before Linda had even met her fiance. He was on the phone from Syria with a witness. She described the wedding as underwhelming: “There was so ceremony, no party,” she said.  She said she mostly cooked and cleaned the apartment for her new husband. “We didn’t talk much, he came home, then...yes, I cooked, always cooked, and cleaned the apartment,” she recalled.  She said spent most of the time with other women and helped look after their children, moving between the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.  “Personally, I would not have been able to handle children,” she said. "I kept busy with myself. Trying not to go mad when you hear a bomb somewhere and the shrapnel falls on the roof. “Why did you come here, you idiot?” she asked herself.  Iraqi security forces film as they apprehend Linda Wenzel earlier this year in the Iraqi city of Mosul She lamented that none of the other women spoke German, which made it difficult to communicate.  Her husband was later killed in an air strike and she was left alone in a foreign land.  In January 2017 she sent a message to her mother saying: “My husband is dead because of you. Because you pay for the bombs here with your taxes.”  She called German intelligence “dogs” and praised the Berlin terror attacker Anis Amri, who carried out last year’s lorry attack on a Christmas market. Her case became known after she was photographed being dragged out of the ruins of Mosul by Iraqi security forces near the end of the battle to liberate the city in July. Iraqi security sources told the Telegraph Linda had been trained as a sniper and was found with a gun.  However, she claimed that while she was brainwashed by the jihadists, she never touched a weapon: “I don’t know how such a thing works”, she said.  Linda said she was an "idiot" for traveling to Syria to join Isil Credit: Weltspiegel Extra Next month, she will face trial in Baghdad, where she stands accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation. Iraqi authorities have so far refused to extradite her to Germany. “I've ruined my life with this. I can only recover from my physical injuries,” she said, referring to wounds caused by air strikes. “I’ve wrecked my future. In Germany everyone knows me, everyone knows what I look like, I can’t go anywhere without being recognised. I probably won’t even find a job and everyone will say, we will employ her anyway.” Now, she just wants to return with her family to Germany. “I'm done with Iraq,” she said. 


  • Donald Trump On Potential Michael Flynn Pardon: 'We'll See What Happens' - December 15 2017 06:55

    Donald Trump On Potential Michael Flynn Pardon: 'We'll See What Happens'President Donald Trump refused to say if he’d consider pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying, “We’ll see what happens.”


  • 60 Holiday Jell-O Shots That Will Get Your Holiday Party LIT - December 15 2017 06:38

    60 Holiday Jell-O Shots That Will Get Your Holiday Party LIT


  • Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You - December 15 2017 04:33

    Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For YouTOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?