ISIS Has Declared a State of Emergency Amid Suspicions of an Imminent Attack United States officials monitoring social media accounts and news reports say that the Islamic State appears to be scrambling to prepare itself against an impending attack in Raqqa, Syria. Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for an anti-ISIS coalition led by the U.S., told CNN reporters Friday that the terrorist group appeared to be anticipating a c

  • ISIS Has Declared a State of Emergency Amid Suspicions of an Imminent Attack

    United States officials monitoring social media accounts and news reports say that the Islamic State appears to be scrambling to prepare itself against an impending attack in Raqqa, Syria. Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for an anti-ISIS coalition led by the U.S., told CNN reporters Friday that the terrorist group appeared to be anticipating a conflict in their self-declared capital. As those groups secure their control of the territories surrounding Raqqa, media reports have indicated that ISIS militants have begun shuffling resources around the city, seemingly in an attempt to bolster their defenses in preparation for an attack.

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  • World

    Three killed in mass brawl at Moscow cemetery

    At least three people were killed Saturday when a mass brawl involving hundreds of men broke out at a Moscow cemetery, officials said. “At the moment, we have 26 injured and three dead,” Interfax news agency said, quoting a spokesman for Moscow’s health department. An interior ministry spokesman, cited by Interfax, said 90 people had been arrested after the fighting.

    AFP
    • 3 dead, 100 detained in Moscow cemetery brawl
      UPI
    • Three killed as ethnic rivalries fuel brawl at Moscow cemetery
      Reuters
  • World

    Fertility doc arrested in Italy after woman says eggs stolen

    A fertility doctor has been put under house arrest in Italy after a Spanish nurse alleged that some of her eggs were surgically removed without her consent at his clinic. On Friday, Severino Antinori was taken into custody by police at a Rome airport, and a Milan fertility clinic he ran was sequestered, according to Carabinieri police. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted Antinori as denying the allegations, describing them as “out of this world.” ANSA said Antinori spoke with the agency from a hospital where he was taken Saturday for a checkup after feeling ill.

    Associated Press
    • Fertility expert Severino Antinori arrested for allegedly ‘removing’ eggs without consent
      International Business Times UK
    • Italian fertility doctor under arrest for eggs ‘theft’
      AFP
  • World

    Maduro in crackdown under Venezuela emergency decree

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a sweeping crackdown Saturday under a new emergency decree, ordering the seizure of paralyzed factories, the arrest of their owners and military exercises to counter alleged foreign threats. The embattled leftist is struggling to contain a raging economic crisis that has led to food shortages, soaring prices, riots, looting and vigilante justice, pushing Venezuela to the brink of collapse. Addressing his supporters at a rally in central Caracas on Saturday, Maduro announced some of the actions to be taken under the decree, which has not yet been published.

    AFP
    • Venezuela’s Maduro issues emergency decrees amid growing opposition
      AFP
    • Venezuela president declares emergency, cites U.S., domestic ‘threats’
      Reuters
  • Politics

    Trump has a history of questionable behavior with women: NY Times

    “A lot of things get made up over the years,” Trump told the Times. Barbara Res, who oversaw construction of Trump’s Manhattan business headquarters, said he would sometimes interrupt meetings with comments about women’s figures. During a job interview for a Los Angeles project, for example, Trump made a random aside about Southern California women.

    Reuters
    • NYT: Donald Trump repeatedly crossed the line with women
      USA Today
    • The New York Times interviewed 50 women about how Trump treated them
      Business Insider
  • U.S.

    Man Pleads Guilty After Pulling Woman’s Hijab Off on Plane

    Gill Parker Payne, 37, was on a Southwest airlines flight from Chicago to Albuquerque in December, when he told another passenger—identified only as K.A. by the Justice Department—to remove her hijab, the Washington Post reported. According a written statement by Payne, he said “Take it off! This is America!” and when the woman didn’t remove the hijab, he pulled it off her head. “As a result, K.A. felt violated and quickly pulled the hijab back up and covered her head again,” Payne said in a written statement in his plea agreement, filed Friday.

    Time
    • Man Rips Off Woman’s Hijab During Flight, Yells ‘This Is America’
      ThinkProgress
    • Man pleads guilty to puling off Muslim woman’s headscarf
      CNN
  • Science

    Somewhere over the rainbow

    These stunning pictures of beautiful rainbows will take your breath away. The amazing images show crystal-clear rainbows forming from cloudy skies over spectacular mountain landscapes and mystical waterfalls. Photographer and computer scientist Michael Fersch took the incredible series of snaps during trips around Iceland’s Laugavegur trek. (Caters News Agency) Photography by Michael Fersch Find more news-related photo galleries on the Yahoo News Photo Tumblr !

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  • U.S.

    State-Mandated Mourning for Aborted Fetuses

    Here’s what will happen after a woman gets an abortion in the state of Indiana, starting this July. This form will travel with it to a funeral home, where it will be buried or cremated. Aborted fetuses in Indiana, nearly all smaller than a peapod, will no longer be treated as medical waste.

    The Atlantic
  • World

    AP Exclusive: Peace deal expected with armed Afghan group

    Afghanistan is expected to finalize a peace deal with a notorious militant group in the coming days, in what could be a template for ending the 15-year war with the Taliban, a government official and a representative of the militant group said Saturday. The deal is partly symbolic as the group in question, Hezb-i-Islami, has been largely inactive for years, but it marks a breakthrough for President Ashraf Ghani, who has made little progress in reviving peace talks with the far more powerful Taliban. Under the 25-point agreement, a draft of which was seen by The Associated Press, Hezb-i-Islami would end its war against the government, commit to respecting the Afghan constitution and cease all contact with other insurgents.

    Associated Press
    • Peace Deal Expected With Afghan Militant Group
      Time
    • Afghanistan peace deal with small militant group: A template for progress?
      The Christian Science Monitor
  • World

    25 Palestinian children killed in 3 months: UNICEF

    Twenty-five Palestinian children were killed in the last three months of 2015 during a wave of anti-Israeli attacks and the number detained was the highest in seven years, the UN children’s agency said. “Serious concerns arose regarding excessive use of force, particularly in relation to incidents where Palestinian children were shot dead by Israeli security forces after carrying out or being suspected of carrying out stabbing attacks,” UNICEF said in a report. It said more than 1,300 Palestinian children were injured during the spike in attacks, almost all in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, while three Israeli children were hurt in the West Bank and west Jerusalem.

    AFP
    • UN panel against torture flags ‘excessive force’ by Israel
      Associated Press
    • UN panel warns against ‘excessive force’ by Israel
      Al Jazeera
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