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IS claims beheading of 11 at Libya checkpoint At least 11 people were beheaded Wednesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group on a checkpoint manned by forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar. Haftar's spokesman Colonel Ahmad al-Mesmari said "at least nine soldiers were beheaded... in addition to two civilians" when the jihadists attacked at dawn in the Al-Jufra region about 500 kilometres (300 miles) south of Tripoli. IS claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq propaganda channel on the Telegram messaging app, saying its fighters had killed or wounded "21 members of Haftar's militia".
ExxonMobil: Oil and gas giant âmisledâ the public about climate change, say Harvard experts Fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil âmisled the publicâ about the risks posed by climate change, an analysis of its public and private announcements on the subject by two Harvard University academics has concluded. While the companyâs scientists and senior executive largely accepted the scientific consensus that global warming is real and poses significant risks, it spent thousands of dollars on regular advertorials in The New York Times (NYT) and other newspapers, in which it sought to cast doubt on the science. In some cases, the firm, led by the current US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, from 2006 to 2016, even contradicted itself.
Charlottesville Shrouds Its Confederate Statues In Black To Mourn Heather Heyer The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, began draping its Confederate monuments in large black fabric on Wednesday to honor the woman killed while counter-protesting a white nationalist rally in the city earlier this month. The city covered the statueÂ of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Wednesday afternoon along with the statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas âStonewallâ Jackson at another nearby park.
As Syria war tightens, U.S. and Russia military hotlines humming By Phil Stewart AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (Reuters) - Even as tensions between the United States and Russia fester, there is one surprising place where their military-to-military contacts are quietly weathering the storm: Syria. It has been four months since U.S. President Donald Trump ordered cruise missile strikes against a Syrian airfield after an alleged chemical weapons attack. In June, the U.S. military shot down a Syrian fighter aircraft, the first U.S. downing of a manned jet since 1999, and also shot down two Iranian-made drones that threatened U.S.-led coalition forces.
Dozens reported dead in US-led strikes as battle nears Raqa heart Dozens of civilians have died in two days of intense US-led strikes on Raqa, a monitor said Tuesday, as fighting to retake the Syrian city from jihadists approaches its densely populated centre. The coalition acknowledges it has pounded the city and surrounding area with more than 250 air strikes over the past week alone, in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance battling the Islamic State group. The SDF has so far captured just under 60 percent of Raqa, monitors say, leaving IS with about 10 square kilometres (four square miles) in the heart of the city.
Father, Son Arrested for Dark Web Drug Trafficking âHe got his son, Philip Luciano, involved,â states a federal court complaint. âPhilip was the one who knew how to use the dark web: Philip set up their account on the dark web and handled the transactions.â
British tourist held in Turkish prison after being arrested at airport with coins he found while snorkelling A British father was arrested in front of his family at a Turkish airport after trying to bring home 13 historic bronze coins he found while snorkelling on holiday.Â Toby Robyns, 52, was arrested at Bodrun airport on Turkeyâs Aegean coast and could face up to five years in prison if convicted of trying to take artifacts out of the country.Â Mr Robyns, an ambulance driver from Southwick, West Sussex, told police he had no idea it was against the law to take the coins.Â "We were on a daily tour. When our boat stopped I took my goggles and dove into the water. There were broken ceramics in the sea. When I cleaned the sand off with my hand I saw the coins. I never thought that carrying them would be a crime,â he said, according to a Turkish police statement.Â Gold coins found on the ocean floor in Turkey by divers. File picture Credit: Rex Features Police said the coins were 800 years old and were found when Mr Robyns put his luggage through an X-ray machine at the airport.Â Mr Robynsâ wife, Heidi, and two young sons returned to the UK while he was reportedly taken to a prison in Milas, around 30 miles away.Â Mrs Robyns declined to comment when reached at the family home near Brighton. The family had been on a two-week summer holiday in Bodrun Mr Robyns has not been charged with a crime but is likely to be held in prison until prosecutors make a decision.Â Turkeyâs judicial system is on an August break, meaning that Mr Robyns could face several weeks in prison before any decision is made. He appeared before a magistrateâs court the day after his arrest but will need to appear before a higher court if he is charged. He could face between three and five years in prison if convicted of smuggling historical artifacts, according to the BirGun newspaper.Â Milas Prison in Turkey, where Toby Robyns is being held Credit: Google Street View Mr Robyns was snorkelling near the island of Yassi Ada off of Bodrun. The island is sometimes called âa shipâs graveyardâ because of the number of wrecks that litter the waters around it. Â Â Â Of the dozens of sunken ships the most famous is a 4th century Roman wreck that ran into a reef near the island. Jugs, dishes and lamps were all found onboard.Â The area was rocked by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake on August 8 and it is possible that the coins found in shallow waters by Mr Robyns had been dislodged the tremors.Â The Foreign Office said it was helping in the case. âWe are assisting a British man following his arrest in Bodrum, and remain in contact with his family and the Turkish authorities.â Tim Loughton, the MP for East Worthing & Shoreham he was âhelping with the case of Toby Robyns and liaising with the Foreign and Commonwealth Officeâ. James Stoneham, a family friend, told The Sun: âThey are accusing him of taking Turkish artefacts which he was obviously unaware of.Â âIt was a huge shock for everybody. This was harmless fun on a holiday youâve enjoyed â and now he has been put in prison. Heâs going to have to be held for possibly a month.â Mr Stoneham added: âHe found a number of coins among the rocks and sand. When he went to get his flight home they dragged him off and searched his hand luggage.â
Spain suspect says terror cell planned big attack on monuments A suspected member of the terror cell that unleashed carnage in Spain last week admitted to a judge on Tuesday that the jihadists had planned to hit monuments in an even bigger attack. Mohamed Houli Chemlal, 21, said he knew of the plans two months ago, as he, and three other suspects, appeared in court for the first time since twin attacks killed 15 people and wounded more than 100. The four are the only surviving suspects from what was believed to be a 12-man terror cell that rammed a van into pedestrians on a tourist-packed boulevard in Barcelona on Thursday.
Trump Attacked McConnell on Russia Probe: NYT Rachel Maddow shares a new report from the New York Times about the strained relationship between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell and notes that the intensifying Trump Russia investigation may be wearing on Trump.