Chicago 'mayhem' prompts politician to call for National Guard
The onslaught of gun crime in Chicago has spurred members of Congress to convene a summit on urban violence and prompted a state lawmaker to demand the National Guard be called in to stop the “mayhem.”
“Every single day we wake up in the city of Chicago, some child, some young adult, some African-American male has been murdered,” state Rep. Monique Davis said Thursday. “This is not acceptable.
“I’m hearing from mothers that they are afraid to go outside,” she said. “Hospitals are overburdened with 70 gunshot wounds in one day. Ambulances are so busy people are driving victims in their own cars.”
Death toll at 50 as 30 missing now presumed dead in Quebec train crash; engineer suspended
The body count after an oil train derailed in a Quebec town rose to 20 people Wednesday with 30 others missing now presumed dead, and the railway's chief said a train engineer is "under police control" for the tragedy.
Ed Burkhardt, chairman of Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway, was met by jeers from residents and cries of "murderer" as he spoke at an impromptu news conference in Lac-Megantic on Wednesday in which he said the engineer had been suspended without pay, CBC TV reported.
Boston Marathon bombing victims' kin set to come face-to-face with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing will watch as the young man who could face the death penalty for the attack appears in court for the first time since he was found bleeding and hiding in a boat in a suburb days after the April 15 explosion.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Boston. He has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
The courthouse is expected to be jammed for 19-year-old Tsarnaev's appearance. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office said space is being reserved in the main courtroom for victims' families, but she wouldn't indicate how many planned to attend. Court officials have set aside an overflow courtroom to broadcast the court hearing for the media.
Muslim Brotherhood rejects Egypt's fast-track timetable to elect new leadership
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has rejected the timetable announced by the country's interim president for amending the country's constitution and setting new presidential elections, while calling for more protests after a day of shootings that left at least 51 dead.
At least 50 killed in clash outside Cairo Republican Guard headquarters
At least 50 people were killed and more than 300 injured Monday in clashes outside a military building in Cairo, according to an Egyptian Health Ministry spokesperson.
Ministry spokesman Khaled el-Khatib said initial reports also indicated at least 322 were wounded, although he gave no details on the circumstances of the killings.
Egypt's president, top general ready to die as power struggle enters 'final hours'
The president and the top general in Egypt both signaled Wednesday that they were prepared to fight to the death for power, edging the country closer to chaos as the final hours ticked down before a military deadline.
The military appeared to take control of state television, and it issued a call to arms: A Facebook post titled “The Final Hours” quoted the military leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as saying that it would be an honor to die rather than subject the Egyptian people to threats or terror.
“We swear to God to sacrifice with our blood for Egypt and its people against any terrorist, extremist or ignoramus,” the statement said. “Long live Egypt and its proud people.”
Egypt's president Morsi rejects military's ultimatum on political crisis
Egypt teetered on the brink of overthrow after a defiant Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rejected an ultimatum issued by the military, in which defense officials have pledged to intervene if the government does not address public demands and bring an end to the political turmoil engulfing Cairo.
Morsi said Tuesday that he had not been consulted and would pursue his own plans for reconciliation between his government and opposition leaders, according to Reuters.
'Heroes': 19 elite firefighters killed battling Arizona blaze
Nineteen firefighters - all members of an elite response team - were killed Sunday battling a fast-moving wildfire in Arizona, marking the deadliest single incident for firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials said.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said the "thoughts and prayers" of all Americans would be with the loved ones of the firefighters killed near the town of Yarnell, Ariz., about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix. He described the fallen men as "heroes."
The fire, which investigators believe was sparked by lightning, also destroyed more than 200 buildings in the town, which is home to about 700 people.
Fears of unrest in Egypt as mass protests pit neighbor against neighbor
Egypt is bracing for mass nationwide protests this weekend amid deepening divisions that have set neighbor against neighbor and raised fears of unrest.
Organizers of “June 30” demonstrations -- which mark one year since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's election -- claim they have the backing of an estimated 15 million Egyptians who want him to resign.
“Only God knows what will happen [on Sunday],” said Gamal Abdul Aziz, a pro-Morsi car mechanic in Madba’a, a blue-collar district in Cairo.
US to send arms to Syria within a month
US officials have leaked CIA plans to deliver the arms from Jordan to specially vetted groups in the Free Syrian Army within weeks.
The shipments are to be coordinated with a "parallel push" by European and Arab allies to provide training and arms deliveries to the rebel forces deemed moderate and separate from al-Qaeda linked forces.
The arms supplies are intended to be in the hands of the rebels before an offensive against Bashar al-Assad's regime is launched in early August, the Wall Street Journal said.
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