Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump?s ban on transgender military service
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump?s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not ?accept or allow? transgender military service members.
Pakistani council orders "revenge rape" of 16-year-old girl
By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother's alleged sexual assault of another girl. The Supreme Court also requested a report on the case, which echoed a notorious case from 2002 in which another teenager was gang-raped on a local council's order. "A total of 29 people were involved in this ghastly crime, and we have 25 of them in our custody," Multan City Police Officer Ahsan Younus told Reuters by telephone on Thursday.
State Dept. warns of possibly tainted alcohol in Mexico
'Difficult' fight for Hezbollah on Lebanon-Syria border
Surveying the rocky no-man's land on Lebanon's eastern border with Syria, Hezbollah fighters on Wednesday recalled the "difficult" battle they fought to recapture much of the terrain from militants. The Lebanese Shiite movement has waged a five-day offensive across the scraggy landscape known as Jurud Arsal to oust what it says are ex-Al-Qaeda Syrian jihadists. The group's head Hassan Nasrallah praised his fighters late Wednesday, saying they were facing "a great military victory" with the enemy holed up in a pocket of territory.
Condemned killer arrives at death house ahead of execution
'People Took Turns Breathing.' Survivor Describes Conditions in Truck Where Migrants Died
China warns India it will defend territory 'at all costs' amid border dispute
China has stepped up its war of words with India over a tense border dispute, saying it will defend its territory ?at all costs?, after a video emerged of soldiers from the two sides pushing and shoving each other. "It is easier to shake the mountains than to shake the PLA,? Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said as he reiterated the ?determination? of China?s People?s Liberation Army. Both sides have been facing off on a thin strip of land in the Himalayas bordering both countries and Bhutan. China is constructing a road in the region which India sees a strategic threat to a narrow part of territory leading to its north eastern states which is known as the ?chicken?s neck?. Mr Wu also said China would conduct ?targeted deployment and exercises? along the disputed border area, raising the spectre of increased military movements in the tense region. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping listen to a speech during the BRICS Leaders Meeting with the BRICS Business Council in Goa, India, last October Credit: AP Last week China conducted live-fire drills on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and such exercises will continue if Indian troops are not withdrawn from the stand-off, Mr Wu said. "We will preserve our sovereign territory and security interests at all costs," he said, in what is being seen as China?s strongest warning yet to New Delhi since the dispute began a month ago. "The 90-year history of the People's Liberation Army has proven that, when it comes to safeguarding our sovereignty and territorial integrity, our capabilities keep strengthening while our determination remains firm.? Meanwhile, a video has emerged which shows soldiers from India and China pushing each other on a grassy flatland. The leaked clip of around 20 apparently unarmed troops was originally circulated by Indian news outlets before being picked up by Chinese media.
Trump continues crusade against Sessions with a fresh line of attack
President Trump continued his public campaign against his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday, knocking his longtime ally for not replacing acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Trump, who fired James Comey as FBI director in May, also has the authority to replace McCabe. It?s unclear why Trump is singling out Sessions on the issue, other than to add pressure as he reportedly mulls firing him.
U.S. ecommerce deliveries lift UPS quarterly profit
By Eric M. Johnson and Nick Carey SEATTLE/DETROIT (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc on Thursday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly net profit, citing a jump in ecommerce deliveries in its U.S. domestic package service, and confirmed its forecast for 2017. The world's largest package delivery company said revenue at its core U.S. domestic package service rose 8 percent to $9.7 billion. Like its main rival FedEx Corp, UPS has experienced a boom in ecommerce packages over the last decade.
Medical examiner: Judge in river died by suicide in drowning