Wednesday, October 19, 2016

U.S. Builds Force to Drive ISIS From Syria Stronghold

U.S. Builds Force to Drive ISIS From Syria Stronghold

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Amid an assault to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul, Iraq, the U.S. is working to assemble a force to retake Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital in Syria.

Doubts Raised About Russia's 'Humanitarian Pause' in Aleppo

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Locals say leaving the city is not an option.

Expert says be aware but not alarmed by terrorism - Edmond Sun

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 organized crime and terrorism - Google News


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Expert says be aware but not alarmed by terrorism
Edmond Sun
Cities, towns and critical infrastructure has always been faced with threats such as petty crime,organized crime and terrorism. The threats still exist now that existed 20 or 30 years ago although they have evolved, MciLhatton said. He was invited to ...

Doubts Raised About Russia's 'Humanitarian Pause' in Aleppo - ABC News

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Doubts Raised About Russia's 'Humanitarian Pause' in Aleppo
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An eight-hour "humanitarian pause" declared by Russia in Aleppo, during which Moscow has told fighters and civilians to leave besieged rebel districts, has begun. But doubts have already been raised about the credibility of the pause, with the U.N ...
Russia rules out extending bombing pause in Syria's Aleppo unilaterally: I...Reuters
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US and Russia meet in Geneva on Aleppo - Reuters

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US and Russia meet in Geneva on Aleppo
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Russia favors a U.N. proposal to evacuate jihadist fighters belonging to the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham group from the besieged zone of eastern Aleppo in return for a ceasefire. Russia has said a planned eight-hour ceasefire on Thursday will be extended if ...
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The Latest: Turkey, Russia discuss AleppoFox News
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FBI Stats Show 'War on Police' Claim Still Not Accurate - Reason (blog)

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FBI Stats Show 'War on Police' Claim Still Not Accurate
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Blue Lives Mattter Jeff Malet Photography/NewscomThe FBI has released its final numbers of the number of police killed in 2015 and they match the preliminary data released in May. For all of 2015, 41 law enforcement officers were killed as a result of ...

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American Gotterdammerung - Huffington Post

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American Gotterdammerung
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With about three weeks left before election day, Donald Trump's reaction to the ever increasingbad news facing his campaign sounds more and more ominous. While I cannot be absolutely sure he will lose (I never thought he had a chance to get the ...

Fmr. FBI Assistant Director: James Comey Let Down the Citizens of This Country - Fox Business

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Fmr. FBI Assistant Director: James Comey Let Down the Citizens of This Country
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... former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom weighed in on the allegations of negotiations between the State Department and the FBI for a 'quid pro quo' deal to declassify emails and FBI Director James Comey's handling of the investigation into ...

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Photos from scene: Train crashes into NJ station, 100 injured - KCRA Sacramento

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Photos from scene: Train crashes into NJ station, 100 injured
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Jamie Weatherhead-Saul, center, of Woodridge, N.J., who was on the train that crashed into the Hoboken Terminal, walks away after speaking to reporters, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, inHobokenN.J. A commuter train crashed into the rail station during ...
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Russia Basically Just Set Up Putin Youth Camps - Daily Caller

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Russia Basically Just Set Up Putin Youth Camps
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Women walk past graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, dressed in a Judogi and sitting next to a girl, on the facade of a children's health centre in Yalta, Crimea, August 19, 2015. The painted word reads "Ours". REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov - ...

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Russia opens culture center in Paris following Putin visit snub - RT

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Russia opens culture center in Paris following Putin visit snub
RT
Minister Vladimir Medinsky was the guest of honor at Wednesday's opening ceremony, acting in place of President Vladimir Putin. The president was supposed to visit France, but the Elysee Palace chose to cut the program for his visit short at the last ...
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Kremlin Says Putin Open to Working With Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump - U.S. News & World Report

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Kremlin Says Putin Open to Working With Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump
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Putin Open To Working With Clinton or Trump, Kremlin Says. Trump has said he would be willing to meet with Putin before taking office, while some suspect Putin and Clinton don't get along. By Curt Mills | Staff Writer Oct. 19, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.. MORE.
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Владимир Путин прибыл в Берлин

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Глава Российского государства прибыл в Берлин для участия в переговорах в «нормандском формате» по урегулированию ситуации на Украине.
Прибытие в Берлин.
В рамках визита запланирована также встреча Владимира Путина с Федеральным канцлером Германии Ангелой Меркель и Президентом Франции Франсуа Олландом по сирийской проблематике.

'We failed.' New York police sergeant fatally shoots 'emotionally disturbed' woman in the Bronx - Washington Post

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'We failed.' New York police sergeant fatally shoots 'emotionally disturbed' woman in the Bronx
Washington Post
A New York police sergeant responding to a call about an “emotionally disturbed person” fatally shot a 66-year-old woman wielding a baseball bat, authorities said. Police said they were investigating the shooting, including why the officer who ...
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Czech authorities arrest Russian suspected of hacking U.S.

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PRAGUE — Czech Republic officials have arrested a Russian citizen suspected of hacking targets in the United States.
The arrest, announced Tuesday, was the result of collaboration with the FBI and was based on a so-called Interpol red notice. It came just 12 hours after Czech police received information about the suspect, police said.
The suspect was arrested at a hotel in central Prague and the alleged hacker didn’t resist, Czech police said. Authorities told various news outlets that the suspect was arrested on Oct. 5 but the announcement was delayed for "tactical" reasons.
It's not clear if the suspect arrested in Prague has any link to the election-related hacks that have drawn significant attention this year. Multiple reporters tweeted on Wednesday morning that the suspected Russian hacker was not connected to the breach of the Democratic National Committee or other campaign-related intrusions.
The Obama administration announced earlier this month that it believes Russia is behind a series of hacks intended to influence the U.S. election. Russia, however, has denied the charges, with a spokesman for the Russian Embassy calling the accusation “another piece of nonsense!”
The DNC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman have all been hacked this year.
The FBI said in a statement that the arrest shows the focus U.S. and international authorities are putting on cyber crimes.
"On October 18, 2016, the Czech National Police announced the arrest of a Russian citizen suspected of conducting criminal activities targeting US interests. As cyber crime can originate anywhere in the world, international cooperation is crucial to successfully defeat cyber adversaries," the FBI said. "This arrest, pursuant to an INTERPOL Red Notice, highlights the collaboration that exists between US law enforcement and our international partners. Due to the ongoing investigation, no additional details can be provided at this time."
Czech police said the suspect was traveling in the Czech Republic with his girlfriend and had a luxury car. Upon arrest, the man collapsed and was hospitalized, officials said. Extradition proceedings in Czech courts could see the suspect turned over to face possible charges in the United States.
Authorities haven't released the suspect's name.
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, encouraged espionage earlier this year, inviting Russia in July to hack Clinton’s email. “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said during a news conference in Florida on July 27. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.
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Science shows Wikipedia is the best part of the Internet

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Republicans undercut Trump ahead of final debate

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Donald Trump is a hypersensitive candidate who lashes out “almost uncontrollably” to criticism, Republicans shouldn’t exploit Russian hacks on Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and the election is not rigged.
It’s hard to imagine Republicans making a better argument for Clinton just hours ahead of the third and final presidential debate.
With Trump trailing nationally and in a number of battleground state polls — and even Arizona — Clinton’s campaign is expecting Trump to deploy a scorched-earth approach to their Las Vegas bout. But fellow Republicans unexpectedly placed a rhetorical firewall around the real estate mogul.
Indeed, if Newt Gingrich stepped on Trump’s toes by inadvertently highlighting his thin skin as a weakness “I hope he grows out of,” Marco Rubio and John Kasich stomped on both of his feet.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a top Trump surrogate, dealt the first blow when he offered a candid assessment of Trump’s shortcomings, including an expansion on his analogy of Big Trump, Little Trump.
There’s a side of Little Trump’s personality that’s “very sensitive, particularly to anything which attacks his own sense of integrity or his own sense of respectability, and he reacts very intensely, almost uncontrollably, to those kinds of situations,” Gingrich acknowledged during an interview conducted Tuesday and published Wednesday with the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker.
“I think that’s a weakness,” he added. “I hope he grows out of it.”

Trump was poised to enter Wednesday evening’s debate with an arsenal of WikiLeaks revelations to throw in Clinton's face. But he was advised by a prominent Republican voice to not go there.
Rubio, the Trump-supporting Florida senator who’s seeking reelection, warned Republicans against leveraging the WikiLeaks hack of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal account Wednesday morning, noting that while Democrats are the victims today, it could be Republicans tomorrow.
Perhaps no one has pushed the hacks more than Trump, who has encouraged his supporters at rallies to check out the stolen emails and blasted out headlines stemming from the disclosures to his 24 million followers on Twitter and Facebook.
Rubio argued later Wednesday in Tampa that Republicans have enough material to use against Clinton from her decades in the public eye without relying on the work of Russian agents hoping to influence the U.S. elections. He contended that giving credence to the hacks could lead to blackmail from subsequent breaches of elected officials and their family members.
“I think this one is an invitation to chaos and havoc in the future,” he said.
Kasich, the Ohio governor, and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway both threw cold water on the notion that the election is rigged, a claim Trump has continued to push in recent days, drawing condemnation from President Barack Obama and members of the Republican Party.
“Look, to say that elections are rigged and all these votes are stolen, that’s like saying we never landed on the moon, frankly. That’s how silly it is,” Kasich said on “CBS This Morning.”

Even Conway agreed, though she argued during an interview on MSNBC that there’s a “larger conspiracy” against Trump.
“No, I do not believe that” there will be widespread voter fraud in the election, she said, adding that “there is a larger conspiracy, larger collusion.”
If Trump’s Facebook account is any indication, he didn’t the get the message from Rubio. Trump shared a Daily Caller article that, citing the WikiLeaks hacks, reported that Clinton’s campaign organized prospective vice presidential picks by race and gender.
Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon said on MSNBC that Trump’s campaign has been in a downward spiral since the first debate in September.
“I think Americans have had an opportunity to see them up close, and they’ve judged that Donald Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president,” he said. “Increasingly, it looks like he’s gonna bring that scorched-earth approach to the final debate, too.”
For his part, Gingrich did praise Big Trump, but he also advised him not to sink to the level of “Saturday Night Live” Trump, as portrayed by Alec Baldwin, whom Trump lashed out at over the weekend, claiming his “portrayal stinks” and that the election is rigged.
“Well, if you’re gonna be president of the United States and a historic figure and not just change America but also change a lot about how we lead the world, you don’t descend to being the equivalent of Alec Baldwin,” Gingrich said.
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2 Americans killed, 3 wounded by shooter at NATO base in Afghanistan - Daily Sabah

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2 Americans killed, 3 wounded by shooter at NATO base in Afghanistan
Daily Sabah
Two Americans including a civilian were killed, three others were wounded Wednesday when a gunman opened fire near a military base in Kabul, NATO said, with Afghan officials calling it an "insider attack". "One US service member and one US civilian ...

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