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Iran Guards general dies of self-inflicted accidental gunshot: report

Iran Guards general dies of self-inflicted accidental gunshot: reportDUBAI (Reuters) - A Revolutionary Guards general, who headed a military base in a sensitive security area in northeastern Iran, died on Sunday after he accidentally shot himself in the head while cleaning his gun, the official news agency IRNA reported. The report identified the commander as General Qodratollah Mansouri, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Eastern Iran, which borders Afghanistan -- the world's top opium producer -- and Pakistan, has long been plagued by clashes with drug smuggling gangs. ...

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:07:59 -0500
Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group

Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS groupPARIS (AP) The man described as the father of the 29-year-old suspect in this week's deadly Christmas market attack in Strasbourg says his son subscribed to the beliefs of the Islamic State group.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:42:30 -0500
Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police Say

Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police SayTwo beagle mixes are recovering after authorities said they were tossed from a

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:28:00 -0500
Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call forProbe ofTrump, Deutsche Bank Links

Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call forProbe ofTrump, Deutsche Bank LinksRepresentative Adam Schiff of California said on NBCs Meet the Press Sunday that any type of compromise needs to be investigated. Schiffs comments came three days after Wall Street critic Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and fellow Senate Democrat Chris Van Hollen called for a Banking Committee investigation of Deutsche Banks compliance with U.S. money-laundering regulations.

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:25:20 -0500
Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips Syria

Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips SyriaAl-Bab (Syria) (AFP) - After washing up her family's dishes over a plastic basin, 11-year-old Cedra sits on the floor of the dank basement in Syria to tackle her day's studies. A dark staircase leads from a street in the town of Al-Bab to the gloomy space the young girl, her blind father and some 40 other families have the misfortune of calling home. "There's a single room which we use as a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom," said Cedra.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:02:08 -0500
Family of seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US custody disputes official story

Family of seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US custody disputes official storyThe family of a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in Border Patrol custody is disputing claims made by US officials who said she had not eaten or consumed water for days. The parents of Jakelin Caal said the girl had been given food and water and appeared to be in good health as she travelled through Mexico with her father, 29-year-old Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz. Tekandi Paniagua, the Guatemalan consul in Del Rio, Texas, said Mr Caal told him the group they were travelling with was dropped off in Mexico about a 90-minute walk from the US border.

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:29:22 -0500
Family complains that Catholic priest used teen's funeral to condemn suicide

Family complains that Catholic priest used teen's funeral to condemn suicideThe parents of a teenage boy who took his own life have condemned a Catholic priest who questioned whether their son would get to heaven while presiding over his funeral. The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit expressed regret for the comments and saidthe RevDon LaCuesta would not preach at funerals "for the foreseeable future". But the parents of Maison Hullibarger said they wanted the priest removed from his post for the heartbreak caused. "We wanted him to celebrate how Maison lived, not how he died," his mother, Linda Hullibarger, told The Detroit Free Press. Jeff Hullibarger added: "Itwas his time to tell everybody what he thought of suicide, (and)we couldn't believe what he was saying. He was up there condemning our son, pretty much calling him a sinner. He wondered if he had repented enough to make it to heaven. He said 'suicide' upwards of six times. They said they met the priest ahead of the serviceat Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Temperance, Michigan, on December 8, setting out what they hoped to hear in a loving homily. However, the Catholic Church has traditionally taught that suicide was an unforgiveable sin. It has only been in recent years that the stance has softened to forgive suicide in situations of extreme stress. The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit apologised and said Mr LaCuesta would be removed from funeral duties and given extra assistance. "We share the familys grief at such a profound loss. Our hope is always to bring comfort into situations of great pain, through funeral services centered on the love and healing power of Christ," it said in a statement. "Unfortunately, that did not happen in this case. We understand that an unbearable situation was made even more difficult, and we are sorry."

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:26:37 -0500
Media tout Cohen's Trump attacks

Media tout Cohen's Trump attacksPresident says former lawyer is lying.

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:24:00 -0500
Shop deals on luggage, packing accessories to travel smarter in the new year

Shop deals on luggage, packing accessories to travel smarter in the new yearForget fruitcake and distant relatives' awkward questions about your relationship status the worst part of the holidays is traveling, hands down. Unfortunately, we can't do anything about that pungent log of dried cherries and nuts on the dessert table, nor can we prevent your Aunt Ruby from asking why you're still single. (Why are you still single, anyway?) We can, however, offer you some sweet deals on items that'll make your trip home far more bearable. Below, we've rounded up the deets on seven travel and packing tools that just went on sale in the Mashable Shop and don't forget to enter the code MERRY15 at checkout to score an extra 15% off your purchase. 1. SuitFaces Custom Luggage Covers Don't waste another minute of your life trying to determine which nondescript black suitcase on the baggage carousel is yours. SuitFaces' durable covers make your luggage easy to find with all sorts of awesome designs featuring your favorite movie characters, colorful patterns, NBA jerseys, and more. Want an even more distinctive look? You can also opt to have SuitFaces make a custom design using a picture of your face, logo, pet, or initials. For a limited time, Mashable readers can snag a $40 credit to the SuitFaces store for just $30 a savings of 25%. Image: SuitFaces SuitFaces Custom Luggage Covers $25.50 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 2. Joyus Exclusive Luggage Shelf Stay organized on the go with the Joyus Exclusive Luggage Shelf, which serves as your personal, portable closet throughout your trip. Simply pack your clothing and accessories into each of its separate compartments and collapse it into your carry-on bag. Once you've arrived at your destination, you just need to lift it out of your luggage and hang it up unfurled for easy access to your outfits. A $79 value, we normally offer the Joyus Luggage Shelf for $65. Act quickly, though, and you can score one today for just $32.99 a savings of 58%. Image: Joyus Joyus Exclusive Luggage Shelf $28.05 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 3. Joyus Exclusive Packing Cubes in Black (set of three) Trying to pack extra light? You don't need to pare down your packing list if you've got the lightweight Joyus Exclusive Packing Cubes, which organize your clothes in a carry-on just as effectively as its luggage shelf, minus the hanging design. A $68 value, we usually offer the set for $58. If you act now, however, you can pick one up for only $24.99 a savings of 63%. Image: Joyus Joyus Exclusive Packing Cubes in Black: Set of 3 $25.50 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 4. Vasco 7-Piece Smart Packing Cube Set Save up to 60% more space (and avoid fees for overweight baggage) with the Vasco Smart Packing Cube Set, a collection of seven compressible, waterproof cubes that keep your items separated and tidy during travel. Capable of fitting in virtually any piece of luggage, from carry-ons to totes, the set is crafted from durable nylon and includes an RFID-blocking travel wallet. Valued at $159.99, you can save 38% by purchasing a set from the Mashable Shop, where they're on sale for only $99. Image: Vasco Bags Vasco 7-Piece Smart Packing Cube Set $84.15 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 5. Mia Toro Illeso Hardside Spinner (three-piece set) Featuring a lightweight Armor-Flex composite that wouldn't look out of place in a designer boutique, the Mia Toro Illeso hardside spinner set is the ideal marriage of strength and style. Its highlights include an expandable frame that allows for 25% more packing space and Glide-Tech 360-degree dual wheels for steady movement. An $840 value, you can purchase this three-piece set with a micro diamond finish in your choice of four colors black, silver, blue, and burgundy for just $249.99. Image: Mia Toro Mia Toro Illeso Hardside Spinner: 3-Piece Set $212.50 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 6. Mia Toro 3-Piece Nuovo Hardside Spinner Luggage Set Also from Mia Toro comes the Nuovo hardside spinner set, which features the same expandable design, Glide-Tech 360-degree wheels, and durable Armor-Flex craftsmanship as the Illeso model. It's available in the same four colors as its companion model but in a modern polished brush finish. An $840 value, this three-piece set is yours for just $249.99 a savings of 70%. Image: Mia Toro Mia Toro 3-Piece Nuovo Hardside Spinner Luggage Set $212.50 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 7. Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit Capable of shrinking your clothes and other soft goods by up to 70%, the Dr. Save is the remedy to all your packing woes. This kit includes an air pump that removes moisture, mildew, and odors while sealing up your belongings, as well as four reusable bags that are great for long-term storage. Normally $69.95, the Dr. Save kit is now on sale for just $39 a 44% savings. Image: FRESHeTECH Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit $33.15 with promo code MERRY15 See Details

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0500
Malaysia's Mahathir says no rights to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Malaysia's Mahathir says no rights to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capitalMalaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Sunday criticized Australia's move to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying countries had "no rights" to do so. Australia's move follows U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in May, which infuriated Palestinians and the wider Islamic world and upset Western allies. "Jerusalem should remain as it is now and not the capital of Israel," Mahathir told Reuters on the sidelines of an event in Bangkok.

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:22:12 -0500
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