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Isil claims Sri Lanka attack as prime minister says there are militants with explosives on the run

Isil claims Sri Lanka attack as prime minister says there are militants with explosives on the run Sri Lanka's prime minister has warned there are more explosives and militants "out there" after the Easter suicide bombings that killed 321 people. Ranil Wickremesinghe made the comment Tuesday at a news conference, and said some officials will likely lose their jobs over intelligence lapses surrounding the attack. His warning came as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terror attack on its official Amaq news agency. The group posted an image of seven masked attackers and the unmasked ringleader, Zahran Hashim, in front of its black flag. In a statement the men were named as Abu Ubaida - thought to refer to Hashim - Abu Khalil, Abu Hamza, Abu al-Baraa, Abu Muhammad, Abu Abdulla and Abu al-Mukhtar. Isis's official news agency, Amaq, posted this image of eight attackers, including the previously identified Zahran Hashim (centre) Sri Lanka's defence minister on Tuesday declared the attacks were retaliation for a recent attack on mosques in New Zealand, adding that two domestic Islamist groups were believed to be responsible. Ruwan Wijewardene’s comments were made as the South Asian island held its first mass funeral for about 30 of the victims of Sunday’s serial suicide bombings in three high profile churches and three luxury hotels. Sri Lankan intelligence has named the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday attacks as Moulvi Zahran Hashim, an extremist local cleric who incited his followers to violence with fiery sermons on his social media channels. CCTV video shows suspected suicide bomber entering St Sebastian's Church in Negombo Isil's brief statement said they targeted “nationals of the Crusader alliance and Christians”, but made no specific reference to the New Zealand mosque attacks. At the same time, AFP agency reported that two Muslim brothers carried out two of the hotel suicide blasts. The brothers, sons of a wealthy Colombo spice trader, blew themselves up as guests queued for breakfast at the Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels in the capital Colombo. The brothers, whose names have not been revealed, were in their late twenties and operated their own "family cell", an investigation officer said. A suspected suicide bomber carries a backpack on a street in Negombo, Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan government revealed in 2016 that 32 Sri Lanka Muslims had travelled to Syria to join Isil. “All these (Muslims) are not from ordinary families. These people are from the families which are considered as well-educated and elite,” Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, the country’s Justice Minister told parliament. said, adding that the government was aware of some foreigners coming to Sri Lanka to spread what he called Islamic extremism. A Syrian national was also arrested on Tuesday. It was not yet clear if he played a role in the attacks. Read more | Sri Lanka attacks Mr Wijewardene told the Sri Lankan parliament the massacre was carried out by the obscure local National Thawheed Jamaath group along with another group called the JMI, an apparent reference to a little-known radical Islamist group in India called the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen. Some experts have pointed out that the sophisticated nature of the attacks suggest that they would have required preparation that began before the Christchurch atrocity. Little is known about JMI, other than reports it was established last year and is affiliated to a similarly named group in Bangladesh. "The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch," said Mr Wijewardene. A suspected suicide bomber carries a backpack on a street in Negombo, Sri Lanka Fifty people were killed in shooting attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on March 15, and horrific footage of the bloodbath was livestreamed on social media channels. The Sri Lankan authorities are still investigating how local militants gained the training and equipment to carry out an assault that is now considered to be one of the worst global terrorist atrocities since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. One theory is that Sri Lankan extremists could have been assisted by returning fighters from Iraq and Syria. It also emerged on Tuesday that Sri Lankan police are holding a Syrian national in custody for questioning over the Easter Sunday attacks. "The terrorist investigation division of the police arrested a Syrian national following the attacks for interrogation," a source told Reuters. Two other officials with knowledge of the investigation confirmed the detention. "He was arrested after interrogation of local suspects," a second source said. Police have now detained 40 suspects in connection with the attack. Sri Lanka attacks - Locator map The first mass funeral took place at St Sebastian church in Negombo, north of Colombo, which was one of the places targeted in Sunday's blasts. A moment of silence was observed at 08:30, to mark the timing of the first bomb on Sunday morning. Flags were lowered to half-mast and people, many of them in tears, bowed their heads in respect.


Twitter profit rises as Trump demands 'fairer' social media

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How Does the Geely Geometry A Measure Up to the Tesla Model 3?

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OnePlus announces the date it will announce the OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus announces the date it will announce the OnePlus 7 Pro Are you an Android fan who has been anxiously awaiting the unveiling of OnePlus' next-generation OnePlus 7 Pro flagship phone? Have you been dying to know when it will finally be released? Well, we have good news and bad news for you on Tuesday morning. The good news is that OnePlus is making its first big announcement pertaining to the upcoming new OnePlus 7 Pro. The bad news is that OnePlus isn't actually announcing anything. Instead, the company has just announced when it plans to announce something. Confused yet?Here's the deal: OnePlus on Tuesday announced that it will host multiple events around the world to unveil its next-generation flagship smartphone. Unlike most smartphone makers, the company actually confirmed the name of the new handset in the process: as had been rumored, it will be called the OnePlus 7 Pro. There will be four events at which the new phone will be unveiled, and they're scheduled to take place on May 14th at 11:00 AM EDT. That means the OnePlus 7 Pro will be unveiled exactly three weeks from today.Here's the full announcement from OnePlus:> Go Beyond Speed at the OnePlus 7 Pro Launch Event> > April 23, New York. OnePlus, a global technology company, is inviting the world to see the unveiling of a new phone, in a series of global launch events at 11am EDT on Tuesday, May 14th.> > The company will be holding its largest event to date in New York at Pier 94 - tickets will be on sale via OnePlus.com. Early Bird tickets will be sold at a discounted price of $20 starting April 25th at 11am for up to 48 hours, with Standard tickets and Plus One tickets available for purchase afterwards.> > For the first time since its inception in 2013, OnePlus will present a truly global launch with four events in three continents occurring simultaneously.> > "Community is at the heart of everything that we do," said OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau. "By hosting events across the world, we hope that as many people as possible can join us for the launch of this exciting new chapter for OnePlus."> > Attendees will be among the first in the world to experience the new OnePlus 7 Pro. Previous OnePlus launch events have seen tickets sell out within days and as such, fans are advised to act fast.> > For those unable to attend, OnePlus will broadcast the event to its global community through a livestream link that will be posted on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.> > The date and time of the launch events are:> > * Pier 94, New York - US> > 11AM EDT, May 14> > * Printworks, London - UK> > 4PM BST, May 14> > * BIEC, Bangalore - India> > 8:15PM IST, May 14> > * Yanqi Lake, Beijing - China> > 2PM PST, May 16As for what we can expect from the OnePlus 7 Pro, rumors so far have painted a very impressive picture. The new flagship phone will supposedly feature an all-screen design unlike anything we've seen on a OnePlus phone before, and it's expected to have a best-in-class OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. That's about 1.5 times faster than comparable smartphones. We're also expecting a big improvement when it comes to camera quality, with details surrounding the phone's new triple-lens rear camera setup having just leaked earlier this week. We can also look forward to 5G connectivity, a possible launch on all four major wireless carriers in the US, and a price tag that is significantly lower than rival flagship phones from the likes of Apple and Samsung.


At $14.99 today only, the best-selling Wi-Fi extender on Amazon has never been this cheap

At $14.99 today only, the best-selling Wi-Fi extender on Amazon has never been this cheap If you want to obliterate all the dead spots in your home wireless network, today is definitely the day to do it. Simply put, the best-selling Wi-Fi range extender will never be this cheap again. Ever. Amazon is running a one-day sale that slashes the $31 NETGEAR EX2700 WiFi Range Extender to just $19.99. But wait! Clip the $5 coupon on the product page and that price drops down to just $14.99, which is an all-time low by a wide margin. This model has been a best-seller forever and it has amassed more than 20,000 5-star reviews. So what are you waiting for!?Here are the highlights from the product page: * Improve your WiFi coverage up to 300Mbps throughout your home * 1 Fast Ethernet port to connect a wired device like TV, game console or streaming player * External antennas for better coverage * Compact N300 wall-plug WiFi booster is small and discreet, easily blending into your home decor * Easy set up | move to any outlet after initial setup.Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Firefox 2.0 or Safari 1.4 or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher


Twitter reports surprise quarterly user growth, revenue beats

Twitter reports surprise quarterly user growth, revenue beats Twitter Inc on Tuesday posted better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and a surprise rise in the number of monthly active users, a sign that the social media platform may be on a sustainable path after a year of stagnant user growth. Twitter, which has been focusing on improving the quality of its platform by removing thousands of spam and suspicious accounts, would no longer disclose MAUs from next quarter. Monetizable daily active users or mDAU rose to 134 million in the first quarter, up 12 percent from a year ago, Twitter said.


Google, Facebook, Twitter have to do more to fight fake news: EU

Google, Facebook, Twitter have to do more to fight fake news: EU The monthly reports follow a pledge made by the tech giants and advertising trade bodies in October last year to combat the spread of fake news and avoid more heavy-handed regulations. The EU has warned of foreign interference during campaigning for the European Parliament elections and national elections in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Ukraine in recent and coming months. "Further technical improvements as well as sharing of methodology and data sets for fake accounts are necessary to allow third-party experts, fact-checkers and researchers to carry out independent evaluation," the EU executive said.


Modi casts vote on India's 'Super Tuesday'

Modi casts vote on India's 'Super Tuesday' Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote on India's "Super Tuesday" when the biggest number of seats are decided in the country's marathon election. While Modi's right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is considered the frontrunner in the vote, it faces a tough challenge from the opposition Congress party of Rahul Gandhi. Modi met his 98-year-old mother and then waved to supporters from an open top car that took him to vote in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's main city.


House chairman issues subpoena to former White House lawyer

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Luckin Coffee, Starbucks rival in China, files for US IPO

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Samsung delays folding phone launch after breaking issues

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Kamala Harris Vows to Impose New Gun Limits by Executive Action

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Kim Foxx receives death threats after Jussie Smollett charges dropped

Kim Foxx receives death threats after Jussie Smollett charges dropped Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has received death threats since the charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett were dropped, her office confirmed Monday.


Police Say Mother of Missing Illinois Boy Continues to be `Uncooperative`

Police Say Mother of Missing Illinois Boy Continues to be `Uncooperative` The search continues for Andrew "AJ" Freund, a 5-year-old boy reported missing last week, as Crystal Lake police say say there are no updates, arrests, or new developments in the case on Monday.


Elon Musk says Tesla driverless taxis coming next year, touts self-driving chip

Elon Musk says Tesla driverless taxis coming next year, touts self-driving chip Tesla designed 'the best chip in the world' and lidar 'is a fool's errand'


Cardi B rejects plea deal in strip club brawl case, facing up to one year in jail

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Trump: Congress 'can't impeach' him

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Experts Warn Latest Trump Administration Move on Iran Could Backfire

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Should Catholics keep their faith? Sex abuse scandals prompt more to personally question ties to church, poll finds

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Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Relief Would Lift Black, Latino Borrowers

Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Relief Would Lift Black, Latino Borrowers The policy would also help close racial wealth gaps in the U.S., according to an estimate provided to the campaign by Arizona State University assistant professor Raphael Charron-Chenier and Brandeis University law professor Thomas Shapiro. “Gains to net worth for households of color would be meaningful under the policy, increasing median wealth by roughly $6,741 for Black households as a whole and $3,280 for Latino households as a whole,” they wrote in the analysis. High levels of student debt have become a drain on the economy, said David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, who worked with the U.S. Department of Education for 35 years specializing in higher education.


Trump 'not even a little bit' worried about impeachment. Should he be?

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Turkish police hold ruling party member, five others after opposition chief attack

Turkish police hold ruling party member, five others after opposition chief attack Turkish police on Monday were holding six people, including a member of the ruling AKP party, after a mob attack on opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu that sparked widespread criticism. Kilicdaroglu, 70, of the Republican People's Party (CHP) was assaulted on Sunday in a crowd as he attended a funeral in Ankara for a soldier killed fighting Kurdish militants in the southeast. The attack came days after the opposition CHP won Ankara and Istanbul from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP in March 31 local elections, seen as a major setback for the ruling party after a decade-and-a-half in power.


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Samsung is delaying its Galaxy Fold launch so people don’t end up with $2,000 paperweights

Samsung is delaying its Galaxy Fold launch so people don’t end up with $2,000 paperweights Samsung's foldable smartphone has been making lots of headlines over the past week, and for all the wrong reasons. After several prominent technology blogs revealed that their review units broke within days (and sometimes hours) of use, it quickly became clear that the nearly $2,000 phone isn't ready for prime time just yet. Now, a new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests Samsung is poised to delay the phone's launch for at least another month.The outlet cites unnamed sources within Samsung who claim that the high-profile device failures have forced the company to rethink its launch plans. Most of the reviews have been decidedly lukewarm, especially when considering the phone's incredibly high price point, and very few reviewers are recommending that anyone even consider taking the leap.One particular point of emphasis is on the device's built-in screen protector that is not designed to be removed, but which several early reviewers attempted to pull off anyway. Many smartphones come with a removable layer of film on the display which is typically removed within seconds of opening the box. The Fold is different, and the plastic layer is apparently a vital component of the display.Some of the journalists who spoke openly about their broken devices admitted that they removed that plastic without knowing what it was, while others claim they never touched it but that their phone screens died within days anyway.Samsung devotees have been quick to rush to the company's defense, noting that this is a low-production device and essentially a first-run attempt at an entirely new type of smartphone. That's true, but it's also $2,000 and probably shouldn't die within two days. It's clear that Samsung will need to do something to mitigate the number of device failures within days of launch.This report of a planned launch delay comes just hours after Samsung began cancelling launch events in China and elsewhere, citing issues with the venues rather than a problem with the device or a delay that may be in the works. Samsung has yet to confirm the delay, and sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal did not reveal a potential alternative launch date.


The Latest: UK intercepts total of 36 migrants in Channel

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Google just cut Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL prices in half, today only

Google just cut Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL prices in half, today only Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL weren't the flashiest phones of 2018, but they're still two of the best Android flagships devices on the market. Plus, the Pixel is one of the few phones to receive every major Android update the day it rolls out, which means you'll always have the latest and greatest version of the mobile operating system.Unfortunately, if your phone budget is relatively tight, the quadruple-digit price of the Pixel 3 XL might have scared you away, but on Monday, April 22nd, in celebration of the fourth anniversary of Google Fi's launch, Google is slashing the price of both Pixel 3 models in half. The catch? You have to buy the phone on Google Fi.If you buy and activate a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL from fi.google.com between the hours of 12:00 AM PT to 11:59 PM PT today, you can get any model of either phone for 50% off. Here are all the details of the sale: * Pixel 3 64 GB is discounted from $799 to $399. * Pixel 3 128 GB is discounted from $899 to $449. * Pixel 3 XL 64 GB is discounted from $899 to $449. * Pixel 3 XL 128 GB is discounted from $999 to $499.In order to qualify for the 50% discount, you have to be a new or existing Google Fi customer, which is Google's own MVNO service. The discounted price will automatically be applied at checkout, but you'll have to activate the phone within 30 days of receiving the shipping confirmation email. If you don't, the discounted amount will be charged to your Google Payments account, and you'll end up paying full retail price for the phone.Google is likely just weeks away from unveiling its midrange Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, but if you're in the market for a modern flagship, you will be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this anywhere online.


Sri Lanka bombings: 'international network' linked to attack as local Islamist group blamed

Sri Lanka bombings: 'international network' linked to attack as local Islamist group blamed Apreviously obscure Islamist extremist group known only for vandalising Buddhist statues has emerged as the prime suspect behind suicide bomb attacks that killed close to 300 in Sri Lanka. All seven bombers were Sri Lankan but the the scale and coordination of the attacks has led investigators to decide the homegrown group acted with the help of a more sophisticated international terrorist network, such as Islamic State. Sri Lankan officials admitted they had been tipped off earlier this month that the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) group was due to attack churches, but the warning failed to stop carnage. Three churches and three hotels were devastated in nearly simultaneous blasts across the island that killed at least 290 and wounded around 500. “We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” said Rajitha Senaratne, the health minister and cabinet spokesman said on Monday. “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.” Among the Britons feared dead are Anita Nicholson, 42, and her 11-year-old son Alex Credit: Facebook As Sri Lanka remained on edge and subject to curfew, the US warned that terrorists were plotting more attacks against the country which hoped it had put decades of violence behind it. Tourist sites, hotels, airports, and night life venues were all potential targets, the US State Department warned. More bombs were destroyed in a controlled explosion on Monday after they were found in a van close to St Anthony's Shrine which was attacked on Sunday. Detonators were also found in the capital by police. One of the two bombers to strike the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo was identified as Insan Setiawan. A copper factory he owned was raided and nine suspects arrested. While 36 hours after the Easter Sunday blasts there had still been no claim of responsibility, Sri Lankan government sources told The Telegraph the NTJ was now considered the prime suspect. The country's president, Maithripala Sirisena, awarded the military sweeping wartime powers to arrest and detain suspects. Read more | Sri Lanka attacks Sri Lanka is thought to have been tipped off about the possibility of attacks on churches by intelligence from India which named the NTJ. The newly formed radical Islamist group supporting global jihad had sparked little attention among the crowded field of international terrorist groups, although it had been flagged as violently anti-Buddhist, the majority religion on the Indian Ocean island. The sophisticated nature of the multi-pronged assault and the targeting of Christians and Westerners have now raised the possibility the group could have joined forces with global terrorist networks like Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) or Al Qaeda on the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). The Indians had reportedly become aware of the NTJ as a fertile recruitment ground for the Islamic State terrorist group, said sources in Delhi, although only a few dozen radicalised Sri Lankans are believed to have joined Isil in the Middle East, compared to hundreds from the nearby Maldives. Sri Lanka attacks - Locator map One working hypothesis in Delhi is that the NTJ may have hooked up with returning insurgents from Iraq and Syria. The prospect of attempts by former Asian Isil fighters coming home to set up a regional terror hub has long been a fear among security experts. A well-placed security source said the NTJ were believed to have been inspired by Isil jihadist attacks. Analysts have predicted that the “localisation” of terrorism where seemingly insignificant groups are inspired by or merge with more powerful global networks could be the future of jihad in Asia. pic gallery “The reality is that inevitably this group has links outside,” said Madhav Nalapat, a professor of geopolitics at India’s Manipal University. “My assessment is that the motivation, the masterminds are outside the country.” “I think their aim is global, it’s not in Sri Lanka. Wherever they can get a soft spot they hit because they need recruits all the time and the only way that they can get recruits is by doing these kinds of spectacular activities. This is essentially a recruiting tool for them.” Islamic State group made no claim of responsibility for Sunday's blasts, but its supporters praised the attacks online. The US-based SITE intelligence group, which monitors online jihadi activities, said Isil media channels were “posting rampantly” about the explosions and praying “may Allah accept” them. An Isil-supporting Indonesian Instagram account had issued a further chilling warning alongside videos of the Sri Lankan bombings, reported SITE, with a message stating “the Bloody days in your church has begun.”


Sri Lanka says militant group National Thowfeek Jamaath is suspected in Easter Sunday bombings

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US STOCKS-Futures pull back ahead of earnings; oil stocks jump

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Ukrainian TV Comic Scores Landslide Win to Clinch Presidency

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'We have a nation which has stunning injustices': Senate Democrats start new environmental push

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April freebies: Your monthly guide to food specials, meal deals and more

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Teen Depression Is On the Rise

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Iran, Pakistan to set up border 'reaction force' after attacks

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Tiger attacks zookeeper in front of visitors: 'He is a wild animal and was acting on instinct'

Tiger attacks zookeeper in front of visitors: 'He is a wild animal and was acting on instinct' A beautiful spring morning at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas turned tragic when a male Sumatran tiger attacked a keeper, inflicting wounds that sent her to a hospital.Although keepers are never supposed to be in the same space as the tigers, they found themselves together in the outdoor habitat that morning for reasons under investigation."There's some sort of error that occurred here," said Brendan Wiley, the zoo's director, told a news conference. He confirmed that several visitors to the zoo had witnessed the attack.The employee is the zoo's primary tiger keeper and had worked there for years, according to Mr Wiley, who noted that part of her job is to clean and maintain the enclosure. He said that the keeper was in stable condition and that the zoo was reviewing its safety protocols.The zookeeper, whom Mr Wiley declined to name, citing her family's need for privacy, suffered "lacerations and punctures" to the back of the head, neck, back and arm. She was awake and alert when she was transported to a hospital.The attack occurred about 9:15 am and the zoo's safety protocols immediately went into effect, Mr Wiley said. A radio call alerted the staff that there was an emergency, and the zoo called 911. Nearby staff members responded to the scene to secure the tigers, and an official made the decision to temporarily close the zoo. A firearms response team also was dispatched to the tiger exhibit, but zookeepers had successfully lured the tiger away by the time it arrived."Some of our staff witnessed some things that you hope you go through a career without witnessing," Mr Wiley said.The zoo has two adult Sumatran tigers: Jingga, a female, and Sanjiv, who was brought to the zoo in August 2017. Shanna Simpson, animal care supervisor, told the Topeka Capital-Journal then that Sanjiv "is the sweetest cat I have ever met."In October, Jingga gave birth to four cubs - three males and one female.The Topeka Zoo allowed Jingga and her cubs back into their enclosures Saturday afternoon, but Sanjiv would remain in holding overnight, Mr Wiley said.City spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said in an email that "nothing will happen to the tiger; he is a wild animal and was acting on instinct."Sanjiv is too valuable to conservation efforts to euthanise. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, and only about 400 remain in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. They are native to Indonesia, where deforestation, human encroachment and poaching have whittled their numbers to the brink of extinction.Some zoos participate in Sumatran tiger conservation programs designed to save the species, but these efforts are not always successful. In February, a male tiger brought to the London Zoo to mate attacked and killed its prospective female partner.The Washington Post


San Diego Church-Goers Tackle a Woman Brandishing a Handgun and a Baby

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How 11 People Are Trying to Stop Fake News in the World’s Largest Election

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Tesla probes car fire in Shanghai

Tesla probes car fire in Shanghai US electric auto maker Tesla said Monday it had launched an investigation after a video circulating in China showed one of its cars suddenly burst into flames in a garage in Shanghai. The security camera footage has become on the hottest topics on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform since it was posted on Sunday, now viewed 22 million times with the hashtag "Tesla self-ignites". It is the latest incident to hit Tesla this year, just as it is stepping up its presence in China.


Here's An Idea: The Air Force Builds 200 B-21 Stealth Bombers

Here's An Idea: The Air Force Builds 200 B-21 Stealth Bombers The B-21 has disappeared into the “black” world of military technology, and will only reemerge when the bomber is ready.On October 27, 2015, nearly thirty-four years to the day after Northrop Grumman was awarded the contract to develop the first stealth bomber, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop a contract for a new bomber: the B-21 Raider. While many of the details of the Raider are shrouded in mystery, we do know a few things about it, and can infer others.(This first appeared in 2017.)The B-21 Raider bomber takes its name from both the twenty-first century and the legendary 1942 raid by Gen. James “Jimmy” Doolittle’s force of B-25 Mitchell bombers against targets in and around Tokyo, Japan. In invoking the Doolittle Raid, the Air Force is drawing attention to attack’s audacious nature, the strategic and tactical surprise, and the epic distances General Doolittle and his “raiders” flew to accomplish their mission.Recommended: Why Doesn't America Just Kill Kim Jong-un?


Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with Revolutionary Guards

Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with Revolutionary Guards The exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State Department spokesman in response to questions from Reuters, mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas. The IRGC is a powerful faction in Iran that controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces. The exceptions to U.S. sanctions would also permit foreign executives who do business in Iran, where the IRGC is a major economic force, as well as humanitarian groups working in regions such as northern Syria, Iraq and Yemen, to do so without fear they will automatically trigger U.S. laws on dealing with a foreign terrorist group.


FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico

FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico The FBI on Saturday said it had arrested Larry Hopkins, the leader of an armed group that is stopping undocumented migrants after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border into New Mexico. The arrest came two days after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the group of illegally detaining migrants and New Mexico's Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered an investigation. Hopkins, 69, also known as Johnny Horton, was arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, on a federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.


Land Rover's Unsung Heroes Hit Big Anniversaries For 2019!

Land Rover's Unsung Heroes Hit Big Anniversaries For 2019! Four anniversaries sure to resonate with Land Rover enthusiasts the world over will be celebrated at the upcoming 2019 Land Rover Legends show.  The event is due to take place over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May at Bicester Heritage, a former WWII RAF station in Oxfordshire UK, which has hosted numerous historic motoring events in recent years. Is The Land Rover Freelander A Modern Classic?


Egyptians vote for second day in referendum on keeping Sisi in power

Egyptians vote for second day in referendum on keeping Sisi in power Egyptians voted on Sunday for a second day on whether to back constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power until 2030. The three-day referendum was called last week, a day after Egypt's parliament overwhelmingly endorsed the proposals, which would also bolster the role of the military and expand the president's power over judicial appointments. Sisi's supporters argue that he has stabilized Egypt and needs more time to reform the economy, but critics say they fear that the changes will stifle debate.


Roman Polanski sues Oscars academy seeking reinstatement after 'improper' expulsion

Roman Polanski sues Oscars academy seeking reinstatement after 'improper' expulsion Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski sues to get back in to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, after it expelled him last year.


'House of horrors': California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing their children

'House of horrors': California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing their children David and Louise Turpin, who pleaded guilty in February to torture and false imprisonment, are eligible for parole after 25 years.


Islamic State behind attack on Saudi security north of Riyadh: Arabiya TV

Islamic State behind attack on Saudi security north of Riyadh: Arabiya TV The assailants who attacked a state security building northwest of Riyadh on Sunday are Saudi militants who belong to Islamic State, Saudi-owned Arabiya TV said in a tweet, citing its own correspondent. Saudi state media said authorities thwarted the attack by four militants targeting the Mabaheth (domestic intelligence) station in Zulfi, a small city about 250 km (155 miles) northwest of the capital Riyadh. There has been no Islamic State claim of responsibility for the attack so far, and the authorities did not officially identify the assailants.


United Constitutional Patriots: Border Patrol pushes back against armed civilians policing border

United Constitutional Patriots: Border Patrol pushes back against armed civilians policing border Customs and Border Protection "does not endorse or condone private groups or organizations that take enforcement matters into their own hands."