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Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least 18 people, most of them foreigners, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape. Several Ukrainians were among those killed in the Taliban-claimed assault on the six-storey Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital, Ukrainian foreign ministry official Vasyl Kyrylych confirmed to AFP, adding that more information would be released Monday. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said 14 foreigners were among the dead, but did not specify their nationalities, in comments to Afghanistan’s Tolo News hours after the overnight attack that ended Sunday.


Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress

Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasn’t planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didn’t disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.


Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial

Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial.


New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit

New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit New Zealand successfully launched a rocket into orbit on Sunday, becoming the 11th country to achieve the feat.


With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down

With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down ROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone.


Young Mother Becomes 4th Member of Montecito Family Found Dead in Mudslides

Young Mother Becomes 4th Member of Montecito Family Found Dead in Mudslides The discovery of 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon puts the death toll at 21, with two still missing.


Philippines says it won't be embroiled in US-China sea spat

Philippines says it won't be embroiled in US-China sea spat MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines said Sunday that it won't get embroiled in a fresh spat between the U.S. and China involving Beijing's protest of an American warship passing near a Chinese-controlled shoal also claimed by the Philippines.


Kabul hotel attack: 19 dead, including 14 foreigners, in overnight Taliban siege

Kabul hotel attack: 19 dead, including 14 foreigners, in overnight Taliban siege At least 19 people were killed during a 13 hour siege after Taliban gunmen in army uniforms stormed a luxury Kabul hotel popular with Afghan officials and foreigners. Eyewitnesses described how the gunmen deliberately targeted foreigners as they rampaged through the six-floor Intercontinental Hotel.   One Afghan man told the BBC that he was spared by militants who shouted "Where are the foreigners?" as they ran into the hotel's restaurant at around 9pm local time on Saturday night. At least 14 of the dead were believed to be foreign nationals, among them two Venezuelans and six Ukrainians. The gun battle ended on Sunday morning as Afghan special forces killed the last of the six gunmen, who were armed with grenades, automatic weapons and suicide vests. By 10am, Special Forces could be seen sweeping the roof of the hotel as firefighters attempted to extinguish a blaze which had ripped through the sixth floor. Thick clouds of black smoke could be seen pouring from the building, an imposing 1960s structure set on a hilltop. Afghan security personnel stand guard as black smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul Credit: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul Some 150 desperate staff and guests managed to escape the building throughout the night, amid heavy gunfire and explosions. One witness told AFP that the hotel's security team fled "without a fight". Dramatic footage showed people clambering down from upper-floor balconies using bedsheets tied together. Telecoms executive Aziz Tayeb posted a desperate plea on Facebook from a hiding place behind a pillar as attackers sprayed guests and staff with bullets: "Pray for me. I may die." Mr Tayeb was at the hotel for a major IT conference set to take place yesterday. The Intercontinental hotel in Kabul is under siege from gunmen. Credit: Reuters Abdul Rahman Naseri, also at the hotel for the conference, described how he saw four gunmen dressed in army uniforms. "They were shouting in Pashto, 'Don't leave any of them alive, good or bad'. 'Shoot and kill them all,’ one of them shouted," Mr Naseri said. "I ran to my room on the second floor. I opened the window and tried to get out using a tree but the branch broke and I fell to the ground. I hurt my back and broke a leg." The attackers are believed to have got into the hotel via the kitchen, and a worker in the restaurant said the men had sat down and ordered food, before opening fire. A man tries to escape from a balcony at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel during an attack by gunmen  Credit: Reuters "They were wearing very stylish clothes," the man, named as Haseeb, told Tolo News. "They came to me and asked for food. I served them the food and they thanked me and took their seats. Then they took out their weapons and started shooting the people." A senior security official said that the attackers had moved directly from the first floor to the fourth and fifth floors, suggesting the attack had been carefully prepared, possibly with inside help. An Afghan policeman keeps watch near the site of an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit:  REUTERS "When the sixth floor caught fire this morning, my roommate told me, either burn or escape," said Mohammad Musa, who was hiding in his room on the top floor. "I got a bed sheet and tied it to the balcony. I tried to come down but I was heavy and my arms were not strong enough. I fell down and injured my shoulder and leg.""There were dozens of dead bodies lying around me." The Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul was previously targeted in 2011. Credit: Reuters Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, last night said 19 bodies had been brought into the city's hospitals, but a senior Afghan security official said the death toll was over 30 and might climb higher. At least 11 of the dead worked for private Afghan airline Kam Air, which on Sunday suspended domestic flights. It said a further 14 emloyees were still missing. A security personnel points his weapon near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit: Massoud Hossaini Also among the dead was Dr Abdullah Waheed Poyan, a well-respected academic who had worked for the Afghan diplomatic corps. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said a private company had taken over responsibility for security at the hotel three weeks ago and there would be an investigation into possible failings, just days after a US embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in Kabul. Afghan security forces arrive the site of an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit:  REUTERS The raid was the latest in a series of attacks that have underlined the city's vulnerability and the ability of militants to mount high-profile operations aimed at undermining confidence in the Western-backed government. The Taliban, which attacked the same hotel in 2011, claimed responsibility for the attack, its spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.


Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation

Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh on Sunday called for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers beyond 2018 after a deal to shore up crude prices. This is the first time OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia explicitly calls for extending a 2016 deal between oil producers to cut back production to combat a global oil glut.


Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandal

Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandal DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan State University trustee on Saturday called for the university president to quit over the school's handling of the sexual assault scandal involving former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.



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Moderates move to break shutdown logjam - Politico


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Moderate senators from both parties plan to meet Sunday to try to hash out a compromise to reopen the government, while hundreds of thousands of federal employees wait to find out whether they will go to work Monday. Senior Republican and Democratic ...
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The Latest: Russia warned Kurdish officials of Turkey attack - Washington Post


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Stormy Daniels Kills It at Strip Club - TMZ.com


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Stormy Daniels made good on her promise to make America horny again ... at least she made some dudes in a South Carolina strip club pretty horny. Stormy, who said she hooked up with Donald Trump back in 2006 and later denied it, played to a standing ...

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Return to China: One reporter finds a nation that has gone from bicycles to bullet trains

Return to China: One reporter finds a nation that has gone from bicycles to bullet trains A gray, frozen landscape greeted me when I flew into Beijing one wintry November day in 1983. Recommended: How much do you know about China? China’s 800 million peasants toiled on “people’s communes.” Urban workers had an “iron rice bowl” of assigned jobs and food rations.


Cutting off communication, no more street protests, improving Parliament, projections for India

Cutting off communication, no more street protests, improving Parliament, projections for India “Connections and conversations matter all year round, so it is easy to understand why some people became frustrated after learning that Skype had been blocked in the [United Arab Emirates],” states an editorial. “The move, made a fortnight ago, is the second time the service has been suspended and follows a period of confusion over the regulations.... In a country where internet usage exceeds 90 per cent of the population, being part of a global conversation means being connected.... Open and smart communication channels will be a vital factor in building smarter cities. “One ... disruptive technological influence in recent times is social media...,” writes Joseph Rwagatare.


Readers write: An about-face in reaction to sexual harassment, coverage of international news, books that matter, original and fresh story

Readers write: An about-face in reaction to sexual harassment, coverage of international news, books that matter, original and fresh story Regarding the Dec. 7 Monitor Daily article “Franken resignation shows Democrats’ line in the sand”: No woman should have to put up with unwanted sexual advances, either verbal or physical, even though such behavior has been prevalent for decades. Women have had to walk on eggshells, in fear of losing their jobs for reporting sexual harassment. Hurray for women, who have risen to the occasion and come together in efforts to put an end to sexual harassment.


Russia investigation: An eventful week, and what happens next

Russia investigation: An eventful week, and what happens next New details emerged this week in the broadening investigation into alleged efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. • The cofounder of the firm that produced the so-called Trump dossier told members of Congress in November that he suspected a number of Trump real estate deals may have been a vehicle for Russian money laundering operations. Glenn Simpson voiced his suspicions in a 165-page transcript released to the public on Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee.



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Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least 18 people, most of them foreigners, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape. Several Ukrainians were among those killed in the Taliban-claimed assault on the six-storey Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital, Ukrainian foreign ministry official Vasyl Kyrylych confirmed to AFP, adding that more information would be released Monday. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said 14 foreigners were among the dead, but did not specify their nationalities, in comments to Afghanistan’s Tolo News hours after the overnight attack that ended Sunday.


Germany's centre-left backs formal coalition talks with Merkel

Germany's centre-left backs formal coalition talks with Merkel Germany's centre-left Social Democrats voted Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, bringing Europe's top economy a step closer to a new government after months of deadlock. At a special party congress in the western city of Bonn, 372 out of 642 delegates (56 percent) backed SPD chief Martin Schulz's appeal to approve a preliminary coalition deal painstakingly hammered out with Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc. The veteran chancellor, in power for more than 12 years, said she welcomed the SPD's green light but warned that there were "many issues left to work out".


Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress

Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasn’t planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didn’t disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.


Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial

Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial.


New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit

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Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto show

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With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down

With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down ROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone.


Turpin family: Police may bring in dogs to search for bodies in house where children 'tortured' by parents, reports say

Turpin family: Police may bring in dogs to search for bodies in house where children 'tortured' by parents, reports say Detectives investigating the case of the 13 siblings found locked up in a house in California, may "send cadaver dogs" to see if there was anyone else in the house who may have died, reports have suggested. Crime Watch Daily, a syndicated news show broadcast in multiple states across America, also reported that investigators were considering carrying out DNA tests on the Turpin children to check if they were all related, citing sources close to the case. The Sheriff’s Department in Riverside County and the police department in the City of Perris, California did not respond to The Independent’s requests for comment on the alleged plans.



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Woman falls to her death aboard Carnival Cruise ship bound for Bahamas - New York Daily News


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A woman about a Carnival Cruise line ship died Friday aftering falling several decks from the balcony of her cabin. The Carnival Elation was near Freeport, Bahamas, when the unidentified woman fell to her death, a Carnival spokesman told the Miami ...
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Judge Orders 'Serial Stowaway' Held on $25K Bond - NBC Chicago


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Next generation rocket company reaches orbit in milestone test - CNBC


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Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games

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The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA Finals

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How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike

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Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?

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Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina

Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 


Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen

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Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for Marijuana

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