British Man Pleads Guilty After Faking 2 Year Coma to Avoid Court, Cops Say October 24, 2014
A British man pleaded guilty this week to stealing 40,000 pounds from an elderly neighbor and pretending to be in a coma for two years to avoid charges, authorities said.
Alan Knight pleaded guilty after being charged with multiple counts of theft and making a false representation for gain, a Swansea Crown Court representative told ABC News. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 7.
Knight was arrested in 2012 for the alleged theft, a South Wales Police spokesman said.
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Sweden Expands Hunt for Suspected Russian Sub October 21, 2014
MOSCOW — Sweden is widening its search for what may be a distressed Russian submarine in the waters near Stockholm.
Authorities today ordered all ships to leave the large cluster of some 30,000 islands where the vessel was possibly spotted. A no fly zone has also gone into effect over the area.
The Swedish military has been searching for the mysterious vessel from the air and on the water since Friday.
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“It’s likely that foreign underwater activity is taking place in the Stockholm archipelago,” Sweden’s Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad said at a news conference on Sunday.
Grenstad ... Read more
Violent Protests as Kurds Seek Help Against IS October 8, 2014
Kurdish protesters clashed with police in Turkey leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured Tuesday as demonstrators in Brussels forced their way into the European Parliament, part of Europe-wide demonstrations against the Islamic State group’s advance on a town on the Syrian-Turkish border.
Turkey’s private Dogan news agency reported 8 dead in the eastern city of Diyarbakir and that the other victims died in cities in the east as police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters who burned cars and damaged businesses.
The activists are demanding more help for the besieged Kurdish forces struggling to hold onto ... Read more
Mexico Prosecutor Says Mass Grave Held 28 Bodies October 8, 2014
Mexican forensic experts recovered 28 charred bodies from a clandestine grave on the outskirts of this city where police engaged in a deadly clash with student protesters a week ago, Guerrero state’s chief prosecutor said Sunday.
State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said the corpses were too badly damaged for immediate identification and he could not say whether any of the dead could be some of the 43 college students reported missing after the confrontation with police. He said genetic testing of the remains could take two weeks to two months.
Blanco said one of the people detained in the case had told investigators ... Read more
Strong Earthquake Shakes Southwestern China October 8, 2014
A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said Wednesday.
The earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 hit the Weiyuan city area of Yunnan province at 9:49 p.m. when most residents would have been in their homes. At least 324 people also were injured, eight of them seriously, the Yunnan provincial government said.
“The whole building was shaking terribly with a loud cracking sound. Plates fell off in the kitchen,” the official state Xinhua News Agency quoted Weiyuan resident ... Read more
U.S. Now Using Apache Helicopters to Attack ISIS in Iraq October 6, 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. has begun using Apache AH-64 attack helicopters to strike at ISIS targets inside Iraq, the first time the aircraft have been used for offensive strikes since arriving in Baghdad in early July.
Their use opens up a new capability in the airstrike campaign against ISIS in Iraq, but one that also comes with risks, as they could be vulnerable to ground fire.
A defense official confirms that Apache helicopters were used this weekend as part of four airstrikes on a large ISIS force northeast of Fallujah. The attack was conducted in coordination with Air Force fighter aircraft that ... Read more
Hong Kong Protests: 5 Key Questions Answered October 6, 2014
So, you’ve heard about the protests going on in Hong Kong, but are confused about the details? No problem. The situation is complicated and there are many unknowns. We reached out to Elizabeth Economy, the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director, Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, to help bring some clarity to the fluid situation.
1] We’ve all heard about the protests in Hong Kong. We’ll get to those in a second. But first, can you explain the relationship between Hong Kong and China? Hong Kong was handed back to the Chinese in 1997 after being controlled by ... Read more
Why Hong Kong Residents Are Taking to the Streets September 29, 2014
Hong Kong police on Sunday night fired tear gas into a rowdy but largely peaceful crowd of pro-democracy protesters, which seemingly ballooned and spread across the city only after the moment the tear gas was released from its shell.
Riot police launch tear gas into the crowd as thousands of protesters surround the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2014. (Wally Santana/AP Photo)
The crowds – for which there were no official numbers for the crowds, although activist groups were estimating them to be in the tens of thousands – effectively brought parts the international financial hub to virtual standstill for ... Read more
Obama’s UN Resolution on Foreign Fighters Explained September 25, 2014
President Obama presided over a rare and significant session of the U.N. Security Council today as leaders of 15 nations voted to unanimously adopt a resolution aimed at stopping the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across the globe.
It was only the sixth time in the Security Council’s 68-year history that member country heads of state convened for a session, and only the second time a U.S. president held the rotating chairmanship. In 2009, Obama led a meeting on nuclear nonproliferation.
The White House says the resolution is a critical cornerstone of the long-term, global effort to destroy Islamic extremist groups, like ... Read more
American Fighting With Ukraine Rebels Urges Others to Join Him September 23, 2014MOSCOW – With his face covered by a camouflage balaclava and a Midwestern aw-shucks tinge to his voice, Hunter from Illinois called on other Westerners to join him in fighting alongside Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.
The man who claims to be, and sounds like, an American appeared on a three minute video released on YouTube by a media outlet associated with the Vostok Battalion, one of the main separatist groups fighting against Ukrainian troops.
“I arrived here to help, help New Russia, Novorossiya, become an independent state,” he said in response to a question by someone behind the camera. Novorossiya is ... Read more