Statue of Liberty inspired by Arab woman, researchers say
The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of democracy and freedom that has greeted countless immigrants to US shores, was inspired by a project representing an Arab woman guarding the Suez Canal, researchers said. The recent findings are especially startling for some in the United States amid a heated debate over the arrival of refugees from war-scarred Syria and other Muslim majority countries. French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who traveled to Egypt in 1855-1856, developed there a "passion for large-scale public monuments and colossal sculptures," said the US National Park Service, which guards the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Trump reflects on Vietnam War, offers advice to young people
WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) ? Donald Trump got personal with New Hampshire voters Tuesday night, telling them of the guilt he sometimes feels for not serving in the Vietnam War and advising young people to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release
Burkina's Kabore seeks mandate from legislative poll results
Burkina Faso awaited the results of parliamentary elections on Wednesday, with president elect Roch Marc Kabore hoping for strong support for his pledge to bring a "better tomorrow" to the west African country. Kabore won 53.49 percent of ballots in Sunday's presidential poll, sealing victory in the first round of the vote to become the first newly elected leader of the impoverished nation in three decades. Spectators hope his win will restore stability after more than a year of upheaval that saw longtime leader Blaise Compaore toppled by a popular uprising and his supporters try to stage a coup.
Facebook's CEO and wife to give 99 percent of shares to their new foundation
By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mark Zuckerberg will put 99 percent of his Facebook Inc shares, currently worth about $45 billion, into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality, he and his wife said Tuesday in a letter to their newborn daughter. The plan, which was posted on the Facebook founder and chief executive officer's page, attracted more than 570,000 "likes," including from singer Shakira, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The Gates and other high-profile billionaires such as Warren Buffett have set up foundations of their own to dedicate their massive fortunes to philanthropic endeavors.
Obama warns of climate security risks as tough talks begin
US President Barack Obama warned global warming posed imminent security and economic risks, as negotiators embarked on an 11-day race to seal a UN pact aimed at taming climate change. Speaking after attending a historic climate summit with some 150 other leaders, Obama voiced confidence mankind would make the tough decisions needed to halt rising temperatures. "Before long we are going to have to devote more and more of our economic and military resources, not to growing opportunity for our people, but to adapting to the various consequences of a changing planet," Obama said.
U.S. deploying new force to Iraq to boost fight against Islamic State
By Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighboring Syria, in a ratcheting up of Washington's campaign against the group. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the deployment of the new "specialized expeditionary targeting force" was being carried out in coordination with Iraq's government and would aid Iraqi government security forces and Kurdish peshmerga forces. "These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture ISIL leaders," Carter told the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, using an acronym for Islamic State.
Yahoo board to discuss sale of core business: report
Yahoo's board will meet to discuss whether it should sell its core business instead of its Alibaba stake, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Yahoo board members will hold a marathon series of meetings from Wednesday through Friday to hash out whether it would be best to go ahead with a plan to spinoff its multibillion-dollar stake in Alibaba or shift gears and sell its core business, the Journal said, citing unnamed people close to the matter. Yahoo told AFP it would not comment on the Journal's report.
Yahoo board to weigh future of company, Marissa Mayer: source
SAN FRANCISCO/BENGALURU (Reuters) - The board of Yahoo Inc is weighing a sale of its core Internet business when it meets this week, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. The board's meeting comes amid a broader debate about the future of the company and that of high-profile Chief Executive Marissa Mayer. The Wall Street Journal first reported the possible sale of the Internet business late on Tuesday.
UN experts: Up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in LibyaUNITED NATIONS (AP) ? The Islamic State group has between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters in Libya and has demonstrated its intention to control more territory in the strategically located North African country ? but it is only one player among multiple warring factions, United Nations experts said in a report Tuesday.