Trump offers scattershot response to global protests
President Donald Trump offered a scattershot response to the sweeping protests against his new administration that followed his inauguration, both sarcastically undermining the events and defending the ...
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Islamic State blows up Mosul hotel to prevent Iraqi forces using itIslamic State blew up a landmark hotel in western Mosul on Friday in an apparent attempt to prevent advancing Iraqi forces from using it as a base in their offensive to capture the city, witnesses said on Sunday. The Mosul Hotel, shaped as a stepped pyramid, appeared to be leaning to one side after the explosions, two witnesses said by phone. The Mosul Hotel stands close to the Tigris river which divides the city.
White House says media delegitimizing Trump, won't 'take it'
The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media "tooth and nail" over what officials see as unfair attacks on President Donald Trump, setting a tone that could ratchet up a traditionally adversarial relationship to a new level of rancor. A day after the Republican president used his first visit to CIA headquarters on Saturday to accuse the media of underestimating the crowds at his inauguration, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus expressed indignation at the reports and referred to them as "attacks." "The point is not the crowd size.
Trump, Netanyahu to speak as Israel moves on settlements
Israeli authorities on Sunday approved building permits for 566 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, plans that had been postponed until US President Donald Trump took office, the city's deputy mayor said. Meir Turjeman told AFP that city officials approved the plans that had been previously postponed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request in the wake of a UN Security Council resolution in December against Israeli settlement building. Turjeman said plans for some 11,000 other homes were also in process in east Jerusalem, though he did not say when they could be moved forward.
India rail disaster kills 39 passengers
Rescuers struggled Sunday to pull survivors from the wreckage of a train crash which killed 39 passengers in India, the latest disaster on the country's creaking rail network. Officials were investigating whether Maoist rebels had tampered with the track, after eight coaches and the engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar express were derailed at around 11:00pm on Saturday in Andhra Pradesh state. "The death toll has gone up to 39," said J.P. Mishra, a spokesman for East Coast Railways.
Deadly storms track across U.S. South, triggering tornados(Reuters) - Eleven people were killed in Georgia as severe storms tracked across the state, state officials said on Sunday, bringing the death toll from a dangerous weekend weather system to at least 15. Storms sweeping through southwest Georgia overnight left 11 people dead and 23 injured, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency told Reuters. State officials did not immediately have details on the extent of the damage, noting that they were working with local authorities as the threat from severe weather continued.
Israel pushes ahead with settlements as Trump takes office
JERUSALEM (AP) ? The municipality of Jerusalem granted final approval Sunday for the construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while a hard-line Cabinet minister pushed the government to annex a major West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the presidency of Donald Trump.