Survivors of Taliban attack on Kabul hotel recount ordeal

Survivors of Taliban attack on Kabul hotel recount ordeal

KABUL, Afghanistan — Survivors of the Taliban attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel gave harrowing accounts on Monday of the 13-hour weekend standoff that claimed 18 lives, including 14 foreigners. The siege ended on Sunday with Afghan security forces saying they had killed the last of six Taliban militants who stormed the hotel in suicide vests […]

TSA issues emergency order focused on cargo from 5 countries

TSA issues emergency order focused on cargo from 5 countries

Growing concern about terrorists getting a bomb onto a plane headed for the United States prompted an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo by TSA Administrator David Pekoske. Effective Monday morning, all cargo being loaded onto flights at last point of departure airports in five predominately Muslim countries — Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi […]

Gallup: Trump’s first-year job approval 10 points lower than any predecessor

Gallup: Trump’s first-year job approval 10 points lower than any predecessor

President Trump’s first-year average job approval rating was at least 10 percentage points lower than that of any of his predecessors, according to Gallup. Trump’s job approval rating during his first year in office averaged 38.4 percent, Gallup reported. By comparison, President Obama’s first-year average approval rating was 57.2 percent. The only other president to […]

Two killed in Indian bull-taming festival

Two killed in Indian bull-taming festival

Two spectators at a controversial bull-wrestling festival in southern India were gored to death on Tuesday, police said, the third such fatal attack in two days. “Jallikattu,” or the taming of the bulls, is a hugely popular annual event in Tamil Nadu state but has been criticized by animal rights activists. Police in Sivaganga district, […]

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable harm’ from sex abuse

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable harm’ from sex abuse

SANTIAGO, Chile — Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the “irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church’s credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit. Francis faced controversy on another […]

Margaret Atwood faces feminist backlash on social media over #MeToo

Margaret Atwood faces feminist backlash on social media over #MeToo

Canadian author Margaret Atwood is facing a social media backlash after voicing concerns about the #MeToo movement and calling for due process in the case of a former university professor accused of sexual misconduct. Writing in the Globe and Mail, Atwood described the #MeToo movement, which emerged in the wake of sexual assault allegations against […]

Danish man charged with killing reporter on his submarine

Danish man charged with killing reporter on his submarine

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Inventor Peter Madsen was charged Tuesday with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a trip on his private submarine, with prosecutors saying he either cut her throat or strangled her before dismembering her body and dumping it into the sea. Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen called the case “very unusual and extremely disturbing.” Madsen, […]