Former Obama official Tom Perez elected DNC chair
ATLANTA ? Tom Perez was elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday afternoon, putting an end to a contentious four-month election that divided the battered party?s liberal and centrist wings along similar lines as last year?s presidential primary race. Perez, seen as the more establishment choice, immediately tapped his chief rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as his deputy. After Perez?s win was announced, a handful of hardcore Ellison supporters chanted ?Party to the people? in protest, drowning out the party leaders.
Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open government
Copts flee Sinai after suspected Islamic State attacks
Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said. On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.
Mexico warns of tariffs, spurns U.S. aid under review by Trump
By Frank Jack Daniel MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it would retaliate if the United States imposed a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond to any tax the United States were to unilaterally impose on imports from its southern neighbor to finance the wall with levies on select goods, aimed at U.S. regions most dependent on exports south of the border.
Live coverage: Huawei is about to reveal its brand new iPhone killer
It?s no secret that Huawei is going after Apple in the phone business. The Chinese company is looking to offer buyers better alternatives to Apple?s iPhones, while simultaneously challenging Samsung and the rest of the Android pack. At this year?s Mobile World Congress, Huawei is expected to unveil the Huawei P10 flagship and a series of Huawei Watch 2 models. Considering Samsung won't be unveiling any new phones this year, as the Galaxy S8?s announcement had to be pushed back in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the Huawei P10 might stand out as one of the better Android alternatives out there. It?ll certainly compete directly against the LG G6, which was unveiled just a few hours ago. Keep up with all of Huawei?s announcements by following our live blog below. From what we?ve seen so far, we expect the Huawei P10 to have a design that is very similar to Apple's iPhones. That includes a metal housing, a dual-lens Leica-branded camera on the back, and a home button. That doesn?t mean that Huawei is necessarily copying Apple. The company came out with a dual-lens camera last summer before Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, even though the move did cause some controversy over Leica?s role in designing it. Huawei?s decision to stick with a home button for one more year seems to be defying this year?s smartphone ?standards.? Apple and Samsung are both killing the home button, and it's something LG started doing a few years ago. All these handset makers are looking to offer buyers handsets with much bigger screens without forcing them to handle humongous phablets. Huawei isn?t going to follow that trend, at least not with the Huawei P10. Aside from new smartphones, Huawei may have other impressive tricks up its sleeve this year, including a second-generation Huawei Watch that should feature a terrific design. At MWC 2014, Huawei came out of nowhere with a good-looking smartwatch, and last year it unveiled one of the most attractive Windows 10 tablets of 2015. Follow all of Huawei?s announcements in our live blog below. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM EST / 5:00 AM PST.
2nd Florida mosque hit by arson in past 6 months
'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere
A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse. SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl ? David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported. We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir ? Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia
Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria
The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Friday to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, officials said. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), met with leaders from the Syrian Democratic Forces. The trip, unannounced for security reasons, was first such visit under the new US administration, but the third in a series of meetings with the SDF.
Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'
Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, ?Get out of my country,? before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.
DNC To Elect New Chair In Winter Meeting