France Says Mosul Operation Will Be Won

(AP) – France’s foreign minister says the ongoing Iraqi operation to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants will be won.  Jean-Marc Ayrault says the US-led coalition, which is supporting the Iraqi operation, should then turn its attention to Raqqa, the Syrian city which IS has declared as its capital and where militants will flee once […]

US Says Coalition Laying Groundwork To Retake Raqqa From IS

(AP) – Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S.-led coalition is laying groundwork for the start of the operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants. Carter insists there is no delay in the operation.  Carter was speaking Tuesday alongside French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian after a meeting with 11 […]

Boy Arrested After Stabbing Teen In Clown Mask In Germany

(AP) – German police say a teenager’s attempt to frighten a group of young people by wearing a clown mask and brandishing a hammer on a Berlin street turned out very badly. Berlin police say that a 14-year-old responded by pulling a knife and stabbing the clown, only to find that the clown was a […]

Report: Iranian-American Held In Iran Gets 18-year Sentence

(AP) – An Iranian-American held in Tehran reportedly has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, the latest dual national convicted in secret trials since Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Robin Shahini told Vice News in an interview aired late Monday that he “just laughed” after hearing his sentence, which was handed down after […]

Iraqi Forces Battle IS In Western Town, Far From Mosul

(AP) – Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, are battling Islamic State militants for a third day in a remote western town, hundreds of kilometers (miles) to the south of the operation to retake Mosul. Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, says “fighting is ongoing in Rutba” on Tuesday and that […]

Despite Warnings, Extremely Dangerous Air Bags Not Repaired

(AP) – Authorities say the owners of more than 300,000 Hondas have yet to get their air bags repaired, despite warnings from the automaker and regulators that the inflators have an extremely high chance of rupturing and causing injury or even death. One death was reported just last week. About 69 million Takata inflators have […]