Blasts kill 6 as troops battle militants in east Bangladesh

NEW DELHI — At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants holed up with an ammunitions cache, police said Sunday. The explosions Saturday on a road near an Islamic religious school in Sylhet city also wounded at least 25 people, police officer Bashudev Bonik said. Paramilitary troops have been trying since Friday to flush out Islamist radicals who have holed up in a building with a large cache of ammunition. The blast near the airport was the second suicide attack in a week in the Dhaka area. On March 17, a suspected bomber died in a blast near barracks of the elite Rapid Action Battalion anti-terror police force.

March 26, 2017 07:05 UTC

To Defeat Terrorism In Afghanistan, Start With Opium Crops in Nangarhar Province

Two weeks ago, an Islamic State improvised explosive device (IED) injured three U.S. soldiers in Jalalabad, the capital city of Nangarhar. Last week, the U.S. military in Afghanistan vowed to defeat Islamic State in area by the end of 2017. In Afghanistan, drug supply should be decreased through accelerated opium poppy eradication, like aerial herbicide dusting and confiscation of land used for poppy production. There is some uncertainty as to the quantity of revenue that the Taliban and Islamic State obtain from opium in Nangarhar. This is critical analytical work that will help target a potential funding source of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, if it exists.

March 26, 2017 06:56 UTC

Australian GP: Sebastian Vettel wins F1 season opener

Story highlights Sebastian Vettel victorious at Australian GPFerrari driver wins in Melbourne for second time in careerLewis Hamilton finishes second in Mercedes(CNN) Sebastian Vettel got his 2017 F1 season off to the perfect start with victory at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The Ferrari driver started second on the Albert Park grid but kept pace with early race leader Lewis Hamilton before surging ahead when the Briton was held up in traffic after exiting the pit lane on lap 24. Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari. Max Verstappen was fifth in the Red Bull after his Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo endured a frustrating afternoon. The home favorite was forced to start from the pit lane after suffering a technical problem before the race began.

March 26, 2017 06:22 UTC

In the winter that won't quit, resorts extend their ski and board seasons. Ready to hit the slopes on July 4?

Heavenly Mountain Resort Series of winter storms at Heavenly brought record amounts of snow at lake level and down the infamous Gunbarrel run. Park City, UtahA family day on the slopes at Park City Mountain, now the largest ski resort in the United States. Andrew Braden / Park City Mountain A family day on the slopes at Park City Mountain, now the largest ski resort in the United States. (Andrew Braden / Park City Mountain) A family day on the slopes at Park City Mountain, now the largest ski resort in the United States. (Andrew Braden / Park City Mountain) (Andrew Braden / Park City Mountain)Park City bills itself as the nation’s largest ski resort, but it didn’t enjoy as many monster storms as its California rivals.

March 26, 2017 06:11 UTC

‘A selection not an election’: Pro-Beijing committee picks loyalist to lead Hong Kong

Instead of getting more autonomous and democratic, critics argue, Hong Kong is increasingly being strong-armed by cadres in Beijing. “The high degree of autonomy of the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) is not full autonomy, nor a decentralized power,” it read. Frustration over electoral reform and other issues has fueled a small but vocal group of Hong Kong independence activists. Both had pledged allegiance to the “Hong Kong nation,” not the People’s Republic of China, while taking their oaths of office. In January, a China-born tycoon was wheeled out of a luxury Hong Kong hotel in a wheelchair and then turned up in police custody across the border — an incident that reminded many of the 2016 abduction and detention of five Hong Kong booksellers.

March 26, 2017 05:26 UTC

Trump TV surrogate Boris Epshteyn leaving White House, officials confirm

Boris Epshteyn, a special assistant to President Donald Trump who was in charge of television surrogates for the White House, has been let go from his position, four senior administration officials told Fox News. White House sources told Fox News that they “are exploring other opportunities within the administration." Epshteyn could potentially have a less “visable” position, but is “expected to remain in the administration,” Politico reported. Epshteyn had been in charge of overseeing television appearances for White House officials, according to Politico. Eric Trump and Epshteyn had developed a friendship during their time at Georgetown University.

March 26, 2017 05:26 UTC

Beijing Favorite Carrie Lam to Be Hong Kong’s Next Leader

HONG KONG—Hong Kong’s electoral committee picked a staunchly pro-China candidate to lead the city in voting that underscored Beijing’s growing political influence on the former British colony. The 1,194-member committee stacked with pro-Beijing business leaders and politicians chose Carrie Lam, a longtime city official who was widely viewed as Beijing’s favorite in the three-person race. During the campaign, electors acknowledged...

March 26, 2017 05:15 UTC

Carrie Lam Wins Election to Become Hong Kong’s Next Leader

2 official in the city, received 777 out of 1,163 votes cast to become the next chief executive, as Hong Kong’s leader is called. Advertisement Continue reading the main story“China promised that Hong Kong people would run Hong Kong, and we would have a high degree of autonomy,” said Mabel Yau, 52, one of hundreds of protesters outside the voting site before the election. “Today, only 1,200 people are representing us in electing the chief executive; is it fair?”Such concerns are unlikely to be eased by the choice of Mrs. Lam, who was a loyal deputy to Leung Chun-ying, the unpopular departing chief executive. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThe protests in 2014 were a response to Beijing’s plan to let Hong Kong choose the chief executive this year by direct popular vote. But pro-democracy politicians have said they have no regrets, arguing that the plan would have bolstered Beijing’s grip on Hong Kong by giving the chief executive a false public mandate.

March 26, 2017 04:55 UTC

US drone strike kills man behind Marriott Hotel bombing, Pentagon says

Story highlights Qari Yasin is responsible for attacks that killed dozens in PakistanHe was killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan(CNN) A US airstrike in southeast Afghanistan killed an al Qaeda leader responsible for the deadly attack on the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan, the Pentagon said. Qari Yasin was killed in a drone strike in Paktika Province on March 19, the Pentagon said late Saturday. The September 2008 suicide truck bombing at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad killed more than 50 people, including two US service members. Yasin is responsible for other carnage, including an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, which was visiting Lahore, Pakistan, in March 2009 . In 2015, visiting teams played in Pakistan for the first time since the incident.

March 26, 2017 04:52 UTC

NBA Draft Stock Watch: Players On The Rise With Strong March Madness Performances

Not in the short-term of course, as collegiate athletes aren't paid at all, but rather looking ahead to the NBA Draft. Big-time performances in the NCAA tournament can have a big impact on their draft status. Lottery Locks: Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and Jayson TatumLonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum are going to be lottery picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. Entering March, each of these were projected to be top-five picks, and their performances have done nothing to change that. The point guard doesn't have to be the leader, but Ball showed he can be that guy and carry his team on the big stage.

March 26, 2017 04:30 UTC

This Missy Elliott Lyric From 2002 Has The Internet In Shambles

It’s been 15 years since Missy Elliott dropped “Work It,” her hit song that had teens across the country speaking gibberish in an attempt to imitate her catchy-as-hell hook. But, for reasons the internet gods only understand, people are just now realizing what Missy was actually saying in her song. I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it Itsyerdinnaflipnwod......... On Friday, Missy tweeted a shout out to her fans who finally noticed her tongue-twisting hook. “Yup, I FLIPPED IT & REVERSED IT,” she wrote, along with a clip of the famous line.

March 26, 2017 03:59 UTC

Democrats Introduce 'Mar-A-Lago Act' To Bare Secret Trump Meetings

So far, the Trump administration hasn’t yet provided visitor logs at the White House, reports NBC. noted that the “business of the president of the United States is the business of the people of the United States. Americans have long had the right to know who has access and influence in the White House, and this tradition of sunlight on inner workings of the executive branch must continue.”Senate Democrats sent a letter early this month requesting that the administration make Mar-a-Lago visitor logs available, but received no response. The Obama administration began keeping visitor logs at the White House in 2009 — noting the names of 6 million visitors — after a lawsuit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The Mar-a-Lago bill has little chance of passage in a Republican-controlled legislature, but it serves to underscore to the public the secretive nature of Trump’s meetings within the walls of the private gold resort he owns where memberships cost $200,000.

March 26, 2017 03:56 UTC

Arnold Schwarzenegger expertly schools Internet troll for mocking Special Olympics

(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)Arnold Schwarzenegger turned an offensive comment about the Special Olympics that someone left on his Facebook page into a “teachable moment” this week. So inspired by the athletes I'm meeting at Special Olympics World Games 2017 in Austria. One, in particular, referred to Special Olympians using a derogatory term and questioned the need for the Special Olympics at all. “Donald, the ratings are in, and you got swamped,” Schwarzenegger, who did not support Trump in the election last year, said in a video. Schwarzenegger was referring Trump’s sinking approval ratings, which had hit just 37 percent last weekend according to a Gallup poll.

March 26, 2017 03:56 UTC

Oregon holds off Kansas for first Final Four berth since 1939

Surely Oregon’s first Final Four team never envisioned the heap of inconveniences that threatened the second. That ancient national champion won its 1939 regional final on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay; Oregon won its second on Saturday evening amid a great wall of Kansan sound only 40 miles from the Kansas campus. By quelling Kansas’ frenetic pace without becoming plodding, Oregon sent about 18,000 into the downtown streets bummed, while its 600-odd fans kept up their bouncing bliss of resistance. A Kansas program that won its 13th straight Big 12 regular season title, spent chunks of the season at No. And it left Kansas with a messy array of 25 three-point tries, 20 missed.

March 26, 2017 03:54 UTC

Gonzaga Cruises Past Xavier to Reach Final Four

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Zach Collins shoots against Xavier Musketeers forward Kaiser Gates. But in reality, for Gonzaga to truly transcend the label of Cinderella and emerge as a legitimate national powerhouse, it needed this final validation. At long last, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are going to the Final Four—a day that for so long has somehow felt both inevitable and impossible at the same time. It is that collection of players that joined together to form the best team in Gonzaga history. “Gonzaga has been a great program, and we’re just happy to keep carrying the torch.”Write to Jared Diamond at

March 26, 2017 03:45 UTC

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