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Brutal Images of Syrian Boy Drowned Off Turkey Must Be Seen, Activists Say - The New York Times

At least 12 refugees fleeing the war in Syria, including two young boys, drowned on Wednesday while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, according to Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency.

A sense of weary resignation at the plight of the Syrians — and hundreds of thousands of other refugees and migrants taking desperate risks to reach the safety of Europe — was briefly punctured by horrifying images of one of the young victims, a small boy whose dead body was discovered, face down in the sand, by a Turkish police officer.


Father of French train gunman says cannot believe son is a terrorist | Reuters

Aug 24 The father of a suspected Islamist militant gunman overpowered by passengers on a high-speed train in France was quoted on Monday as saying he could not believe his son was a terrorist.

The Spanish newspaper El Mundo spoke to Mohammed el Khazzani, father of Ayoub el Khazzani who was arrested after attacking passengers on the train on Friday, at his home in Algeciras, southern Spain.

"I wasn't on the train, but I don't think he was capable of doing something like that," Khazzani told El Mundo, speaking to the Spanish newspaper in Arabic.


Officials: ISIL leader sexually assaulted American hostage

Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker who died in February while being held by the Islamic State, was repeatedly raped during captivity by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terror group's leader, according to counter-terrorism officials and Mueller's family.

The accounts of Mueller's ordeal were first reported by British newspaper The Independent and later confirmed by her family to the Associated Press and ABC News.

Mueller, 26, from Prescott, Ariz., was taken captive in Syria in August 2013 while leaving a Spanish Doctors without Borders hospital in Aleppo.


Cecil the Lion: Hunter's Guide Theo Bronkhorst Says He's Done Nothing Wrong - NBC News

The guide accused of helping an American hunter kill Cecil the lion told NBC News on Tuesday that he felt he did nothing wrong.

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer allegedly paid Theo Bronkhorst $50,000 to lure the lion out of a wildlife reserve so he could shoot it with a bow.

The animal was a tourist favorite and subject of an Oxford University research project. Its death has provoked global outrage.

"I do not feel I have done anything wrong," Bronkhorst said via telephone. "This has been a very stressful time for me and my family. We have been pulled into something we are not happy with."


Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is 'very disturbing' - Yahoo News

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: It seems everybody and their brother knew this was Iran's attitude going into the nuclear program talks, everybody and their brother knew Iran couldn't be trusted... EXCEPT the Obama Administration and the pompously ignorant John Kerry.

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".

"I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that's his policy," he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, parts of which the network quoted on Tuesday.

"But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it's very disturbing, it's very troubling," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were "180 degrees" opposed to Iran's, at a speech in a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".

"Even after this deal our policy toward the arrogant U.S. will not change," Khamenei said.


Study abroad benefits from improving Cuba/US relations - The Daily Iowan

In the upcoming years, students will be able to get an up-close view of Cuba as never before.

In December 2014, President Obama announced the loosening of trade and travel restrictions with Cuba, which took effect on Jan. 16. This makes visiting Cuba much easier for Americans than in the last 54 years.


Obama Brazenly Responds to Netanyahu, Republican Critics of Iran Nuclear Deal |

Earlier Tuesday, Netanyahu had strongly criticized the nuclear deal, saying it was a “historic mistake of the world.”

Republican presidential candidates echoed the Israeli prime minister’s concerns, ripping the Iran deal hours after it was announced.

Obama responded, suggesting their disapproval was simply politics.

”I think it’s doubtful that we get a lot of current Republican elected officials supporting this deal,” he said in the interview. “I think there’s a certain party line that has to be toed, within their primaries and among many sitting members of Congress. But that’s not across the board. It’ll be interesting to see what somebody like a Rand Paul has to say about this. But I think that if I were succeeded by a Republican president — and I’ll be doing everything that I can to prevent that from happening — but if I were, that Republican president would be in a much stronger position than I was when I came into office, in terms of constraining Iran’s nuclear program.


18-day negotiation yields landmark Iran nuclear accord - Yahoo News

VIENNA (AP) — After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world.

The accord will keep Iran from producing enough material for an atomic weapon for at least 10 years and impose new provisions for inspections of Iranian facilities, including military sites. And it marks a dramatic break from decades of animosity between the United States and Iran, countries that alternatively call each other the "leading state sponsor of terrorism" and the "the Great Satan."


Escape by top drug lord a strong blow to Mexico's government - Yahoo News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The capture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman was the crowning achievement of President Enrique Pena Nieto's government in its war against drug cartels, a beacon of success amid domestic woes. That makes the bold escape by "El Chapo" from a maximum security prison all the more devastating.

A widespread manhunt that included highway checkpoints, stepped up border security and closure of an international airport failed to turn up any trace of Guzman by Monday, more than 24 hours after he got away.


Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Escapes Prison for Second Time - NBC News

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman — one of the world's most notorious crime figures — escaped a maximum security prison on Saturday via a 1,600 yard tunnel dug under his shower cell, Mexico's top security official said.

The brazen jailbreak is the second time Guzman, the powerful head of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, has escaped a maximum security prison.

Guzman was last seen using the shower area at the Altiplano prison around 9 p.m. Saturday, the National Security Commission said in a statement. An alert was triggered when prison guards found his cell empty.