US-backed Syria force ousts IS from half of Raqa

A US-backed alliance has ousted Islamic State group jihadists from half of their Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said Wednesday, as the escalating fighting drove up the civilian death toll. The SDF "are now in control of 50 percent of Raqa city despite the fierce resistance mounted by IS", Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP. The SDF assault has been … [Read more...]

Canadian military after Trump announcement: We welcome transgender people

After President Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people would be barred from serving in the military, the Canadian Armed Forces took a different tack. In an apparent jab at its southern neighbor, the Canadian military invited individuals “of all sexual orientations and gender identities” to join the ranks. Join us! #DiversityIsOurStrength #ForcesJobs,” a tweet sent from the official … [Read more...]

It's the End of Coke Zero as We Know It and the Internet Is Shocked

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar will be sold in August … [Read more...]

White House threatens to shut down briefing over questions on transgender policy shift

WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders threatened to shut down Wednesday’s briefing after several reporters asked for details on President Trump’s new policy … [Read more...]

Transgender Navy SEAL to Trump: You’re taking liberty away from people who defend yours

Transgender Navy SEAL Kristin Beck says that President Trump’s announcement barring transgender people from the military is robbing thousands of liberty. … [Read more...]

The Latest: Man slain at protest in western Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela, where a two-day national strike has been called beginning Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the country's constitution (all times local): … [Read more...]

Mammoth Antarctic iceberg is on the move, while the ice shelf it left behind grieves its loss

The Delaware-sized iceberg that calved off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and July 12 is drifting farther from its former home, while breaking into smaller pieces.  More importantly, new cracks are appearing in the ice shelf that could portend the creation of additional icebergs and the possible destabilization of larger parts of the ice sheet, which holds back … [Read more...]

Fatal Ride Malfunction

At least one person was killed and five critically injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair. … [Read more...]

North Korea 'may fire new test missile' to mark Victory Day war anniversary, US fears

US officials have said they fear North Korea may test fire another missile, using the 64th anniversary of the end of the Korean War to mark its new military assertiveness. Both US and South Korean media have cited intelligence and military officials saying transporter vehicles carrying launching equipment had been seen on the move in North Korea, a suggestion that an imminent test may be … [Read more...]

Ohio executes man after delays over lethal injection drugs

Ronald Phillips was pronounced dead at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville at 10:43 a.m. EDT (1443 GMT), the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said in a statement. The execution had been delayed multiple times as a court fight played out over the state's use of a drug mixture for lethal injections. The U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals from Phillips late on … [Read more...]

Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump’s ban on transgender military service

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump’s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” transgender military service members. … [Read more...]

New Battery Tech Could Let Electric Cars Charge in Mere Minutes

Solid-state batteries are the key. … [Read more...]

6 Things The World's Most Beautiful Kitchens Have In Common

You can join the club, too — even on a small budget. … [Read more...]

Wildfires force French Riviera evacuations

French authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Côte d’Azur region as fires hopscotched around the Mediterranean coast for a third day Wednesday. … [Read more...]

Trump: U.S. military won’t allow transgender people ‘to serve in any capacity’

President Trump announced on Wednesday morning that the U.S. military will not allow or accept any transgender individuals. … [Read more...]

Qatar says new terror list is "disappointing surprise"

By Aziz El Yaakoubi DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their "terrorist" lists was "a disappointing surprise" and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain put another nine groups based in Yemen and Libya and nine people from … [Read more...]

Rick Perry duped into 22-minute interview with pranksters known as ‘Russian Jerky Boys’

The U.S. energy secretary thought he was discussing American energy interests with Ukraine's prime minister during a lengthy phone call last week. But Perry got punked. … [Read more...]

EU court rejects 'open-door' policy and upholds right of member states to deport refugees 

In a ruling which could have far-reaching consequences for how the European Union deals with migrants in future, the European Court of Justice on Wednesday upheld the right of member states to deport asylum-seekers to the first EU country they enter. The ruling amounted to an effective rejection of Angela Merkel’s controversial “open-door” refugee policy, which saw more than one … [Read more...]