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 2 yrs | U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah from Pennsylvania charged in racketeering conspiracy

              U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah Sr. and four of his associates have been indicted for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy involving several schemes to misappropriate hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. Prosecutors allege that Fattah used his non-profit entity to obtain charitable and federal grant funds in order to repay a wealthy supporter who had provided $1 million in loans for Fattah's failed 2007 campaign to become mayor of Philadelphia. Among other allegations, Fattah is also accused of misappropriating funds from his mayoral and congressional campaigns to repay his son’s student loan debt. [full statements and documents attached]   

  Philadelphia, PA        2 UPDATES



 2 yrs | New York man who allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS arrested on terror charges

              A 42-year-old man of Lackawanna, New York, has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization after allegedly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) group and its leader, prosecutors say. Arafat M. Nagi allegedly traveled to Turkey on two occasions, in 2012 and 2014, to meet with members of ISIS and purchased a large number of military combat items. Prosecutors allege that Nagi continued to have radical political and religious views, blaming the United States for the killings of rebels in Yemen, and intended to travel to Yemen and Turkey again soon. [full statement attached]   

  Lackawanna, NY        115 UPDATES


 2 yrs | PETA: U.S. dentist who allegedly killed lion Cecil ‘should be hanged’

              Ingrid Newkirk, the president of animal rights organization PETA, says an American dentist accused of killing Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion needs to be extradited, charged "and, preferably, hanged." Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, has been accused of killing Cecil, who was one of Africa's most famous lions. "Hunting is a coward’s pastime," Newkirk said in a statement. "If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged." [full statement attached]   

  Zimbabwe        10 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Twitter revenue jumps 61 percent as net loss narrows to $136 million in second quarter

              Social networking website Twitter has reported $502.4 million in second quarter revenue, up 61 percent compared to $312.1 million during the same quarter last year. The company's net loss narrowed to $136.6 million, up from a net loss of 144.6 million last year. Monthly active users increased by 8 million to 316 million, up 15 percent year-on-year. "Our Q2 results show good progress in monetization, but we are not satisfied with our growth in audience," interim CEO Jack Dorsey said in a statement. Shares in Twitter, Inc. were up 6.46 percent to 38.90 in after hours trading.   

  United States        10 UPDATES



 2 yrs | ISIS supporter charged with plot to bomb Florida beach

              Harlem Suarez, a 23-year-old man of Key West in Florida, has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged plot to detonate a bomb at a public beach on the island, the U.S. Justice Department says. Suarez has been charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person or property within the United States. [statement, criminal complaint attached]   

  Key West, FL        115 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard granted parole to be released in November

              Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard has been granted parole by the U.S. Parole Commission and will be released on November 21, his attorneys say. "The decision to grant parole was made unanimously by the three members of the Parole Commission, who make their decisions independently of any other U.S. government agency," attorneys Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman said in a statement. "The decision is not connected to recent developments in the Middle East." Pollard, in the statement, said he is "looking forward to being reunited with his beloved wife Esther." The commission's decision requires Pollard to remain in the United States for 5 years, though U.S. President Barack Obama has the authority to allow him to move to Israel immediately. It is unclear if Obama will use that authority. [full statement attached]   

  Butner, NC        1 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Fire at furniture factory near Cairo kills at least 25

              At least 25 workers have been killed after a fire broke out at a furniture factory northeast of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, the Reuters and AFP news agencies report, citing the health ministry. Another 22 people were injured in the fire at the Al-Helw factory in Obour City, which is about 28 kilometers (17 miles) northeast of Cairo. Photos from the scene indicated that the top floor of the three-story building was worst affected by the fire, which is thought to have been caused by an exploding gas cylinder.   

  Obour City, Egypt     


 2 yrs | Saudi Arabia beheads drug trafficker in 104th execution so far this year

              A man convicted of drug trafficking has been decapitated by sword in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's government reports, marking the second execution after a pause in beheadings for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The latest prisoner to be executed was identified as Saif al-Hadissane, a man who had previously been convicted of smuggling a large quantity of hashish. He was executed in the eastern region of Al-Ahsa, the interior ministry said in a statement. At least 104 people have been executed so far this year, up significantly from 87 in 2014 and 79 in 2013.   

  Saudi Arabia        26 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia

              A powerful earthquake has struck the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea, according to the country's seismological agency BMKG. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake, which struck at 6:41 a.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered on land about 241 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province. It struck about 49 kilometers (30 miles) below the surface, making it a shallow earthquake, BMKG said. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the earthquake at a preliminary 7.0, estimating that some 245,000 people near the epicenter may have experienced moderate to strong shaking. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.   

  Indonesia        113 UPDATES



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