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Surveying the rocky no-man's land on Lebanon's eastern border with Syria, Hezbollah fighters 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. On Wednesday, Hezbollah brought journalists to its positions overlooking the last pocket of enemy territory.
By Aziz El Yaakoubi DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their "terrorist" lists was "a disappointing surprise" and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain put another nine groups based in Yemen and Libya and nine people from several Arab countries on the blacklist, saying all were associated with Qatar. "(The new list) comes as a disappointing surprise that the blockading countries are still pursuing this story as part of their smear campaign against Qatar," Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed al-Thani, director of the Gulf kingdom's Government Communications Office, said in a statement sent to Reuters.
When Evelyn Lee was applying to colleges as a high school senior, she knew that she would need financial aid to be able to afford to go. At 108 questions, the FAFSA is longer than a 1040 tax form, with questions about student and parent income, savings, family make up, number of students in college and more. "It can seem terribly intrusive , and it can be confusing," says Peter Van Buskirk, former dean of admission at Franklin & Marshall College and founder and president of Best College Fit.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday welcomed Israel's removal of metal detectors from a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site but said it was "not enough". Israel installed metal detectors at entrances to the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, after an attack on July 14 that killed two policemen. "Israel took the right step to remove the metal detectors to help lower tension," Erdogan said.
In a ruling which could have far-reaching consequences for how the European Union deals with migrants in future, the European Court of Justice on Wednesday upheld the right of member states to deport asylum-seekers to the first EU country they enter. The ruling amounted to an effective rejection of Angela Merkel’s controversial “open-door” refugee policy, which saw more than one million asylum-seekers flood into Germany. The court ruled that the EU’s Dublin regulations, under which refugees must seek asylum in the first member state they enter, still apply despite the unprecedented influx of 2015. In doing so, the court ignored the advice of Eleanor Sharpston, its British advocate-general, who warned that the system could leave border states “unable to cope”. The court ruled on the cases of two Afghan sisters and a Syrian man who entered the EU during the 2015 crisis. The Jafari sisters, Khadija and Zainab, entered the EU through Croatia after fleeing Afghanistan with their children. At the time, Mrs Merkel had opened Germany’s borders to migrants and Austria was operating a similar policy. Croatia allowed the sisters and their children to cross its territory in order to reach one of the two countries. Peter Foster talks about Merkel's migrant crisis one year on 01:52 They claimed asylum in Austria, but the Austrian government later reversed its position and returned the families to Croatia, ordering them to seek asylum there. The sisters challenged the decision, arguing they should be given asylum in Austria as they had been allowed to cross Croatia and had not entered its territory illegally. In a second case, an unnamed Syrian man challenged his deportation from Slovenia to Croatia under similar circumstances. The court rejected the challenges, ruling that the fact Croatia had allowed the migrants to cross its territory did not mean the Dublin rules had been waived. The ruling will be welcomed in central European countries like Austria and Slovenia, where there is considerable political resistance to letting in more migrants. But it will cause concern in the countries where most migrants first enter the EU, Italy and Greece, which complain the system leaves them to shoulder too much of the burden. FAQ | Dublin Regulation The court’s decision was unexpected, after the judges took the unusual step of ignoring the advice of the advocate-general. In a written opinion issued last month, Ms Sharpston warned that the Dublin system “was simply not designed to cover such exceptional circumstances”. “If border member states, such as Croatia, are deemed to be responsible for accepting and processing exceptionally high numbers of asylum-seekers, there is a real risk that they will simply be unable to cope with the situation,” she wrote. While the ruling will be seen as a victory by many in central Europe, Hungary and Slovakia suffered a setback in a separate case over EU quotas for sharing asylum-seekers between member states. In an opinion presented to the court, Yves Bot, another advocate-general, said the court should reject a bid by the two countries to have the quota system overturned.
Dwanya Hickerson, 21, "lost it" after learning Dee Whigham, 25, had been born a man. Mississippi's Jacksonville Circuit Court heard that he knifed Ms Whigham multiple times in the face and slashed her throat in a hotel room before showering and leaving her for dead. The hospital nurse picked him up at the gates of Keesler Air Force Base, where he was training to be a weather forecaster, and drove them to her hotel, the court heard.
One of the prominent members of the loose-knit alt-right movement in the US has been given a lesson from a very sassy historian in the UK. Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large of alt-right conspiracy site Infowars, got a free educational tale on ancient Rome by English historian Mike Stuchbery. SEE ALSO: Meet the guy who pranked Infowars into publishing fake Trump news Watson posted a tweet slamming the BBC for portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse: Let's just say that Stuchbery didn't spare words in his long, sassy reply: He started off explaining why Roman Britain was actually very ethnically diverse: There are several reports of "moors" along with (modern-day) Iraqi and Syrian soldiers on Hadrian's Wall, noted Stuchbery. Also, every camp in the province would have a settlement where wives, kids, slaves and tradespeople lived. Many of the inhabitants would travel with the legion, he added. Governors deployed to Britannia would take slaves with them from anywhere in the Empire, Stuchbery added. And London was particularly diverse: Stuchbery also reported that people from southern Mediterranean, North Africa, and Rome lived in Britain: It seems that Paul Joseph Watson needs to go back to school to study history. And Stuchbery got some well-earned praise from the undisputed Queen of Twitter, J. K. Rowling: WATCH: Filmmakers tried to use hilarious code words to keep 'The Avengers' under wraps
In the world of dating apps, there's playing the long game, and then there's straight-up procrastinating. One pair of college students have found fame after dilly-dallying for three long years on Tinder, messaging back and forth without ever actually meeting up. But, at long last, they've met in person. Live on TV. Michelle and Josh achieved viral fame earlier this month, after Josh tweeted screen shots of their three-year long running gag of late replies to each other. Tinder caught wind of the pair's procrastination and even offered to pay for the pair to go on a date. The pair have FINALLY met for the first time on Good Morning America in front of millions of viewers and it was every bit as awkward as you can imagine. As the two hugged, they both giggled nervously. "It is so good to finally meet you," said Josh. "I'm blushing like crazy," he added. After the show, the pair headed off to Maui, Hawaii, for their casual first proper date.
Dr. Edward tells The Doctors about a two-year-old beagle named Rex who chased a rabbit in a park and returned to his owner with a bloody nose. Initially, the owner and vet failed to see the underlying issue and put little Rex on medications. When bleeding persisted, a CT scan revealed the dog had a 5-inch long stick lodged in his nose! Thankfully, they successfully removed the stick and Rex is doing much better.
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel in the Gulf came within 150 yards (137 meters) on Tuesday in the first such incident since President Donald Trump took office in January, U.S. officials said. The last major incident was earlier in January, though there have been instances when a U.S. vessel fired a flare as well as an event in March when a U.S. Navy ship was forced to change course after multiple fast-attack vessels from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard came too close. In a statement, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said the patrol craft, named Thunderbolt, fired the warning shots in front of the Iranian vessel after it ignored radio calls, flares and the ship's whistle.
Summer is here and the time is right to go overboard with summer squash recipes! One of my go-to summer meals is the zucchini boat, which can best be described as a sort of “flatbread” with a long slice of zucchini standing in for crust. Unlike a real boat, zucchini boats are extremely budget-friendly. This first boat resembles garlic bread, but with zucchini subbing in for the bread.
A North Carolina woman has told authorities she returned home from work recently to find her seven-year-old daughter covered in blood, claiming to have been sexually assaulted. The girl told her mother she had been assaulted by Brentley Jason Breyers, the man she refers to as “father,” according to police. The woman told authorities she had left her four children with Mr Bryers on Friday morning while she went to work.
War between the US and North Korea is “not unimaginable”, America’s most senior military officer has said. Marine General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not rule out the possibility of a “horrific” conflict. Although admitting that such a war would involve massive loss of life, General Dunford said it was his duty to prepare military options in order to protect US citizens.
With Adam Rawnsley Facts, secrets, and Tweets. President Donald Trump appears to have declassified a CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels during a furious round of Tweets attacking the Washington Post on Monday night. The president, who previously disclosed classified information to Russian government officials in the Oval Office, (and in another slip-up confirmed ...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants.
The family of an eighth-grade boy who was abused by his teacher say the school threatened to paddle him as punishment for “spreading rumours”. Jennifer Caswell, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015 for sex crimes against the student, who is thought to be 15 years old. The teenager, who has not been identified, was allegedly told to “keep his mouth closed” by Marty Webb, the Principal of the high school he attended in Oklahoma.
By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday fielded questions alone on stage after his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta, failed to show up for a debate between the two. Odinga, who is the flagbearer for the National Super Alliance coalition, said his top priorities if elected in the Aug. 8 general election would be to lower food prices and rent and tackle youth unemployment. "This law is meant to protect the poor from exploitation by the landlords," Odinga said.
A new complaint filed with the Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control alleges that California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and his staff director, Paul Behrends, violated the Magnitsky Act when they tried to get Russia's deputy general prosecutor, Victor Grin, removed from the US sanctions list last year.