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Brother of Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch admits to strangling her for family honor

Pakistani model killed by brother- The brother of Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch admitted Saturday to killing her for dishonoring his family with racy online photos.

Police say Waseem Azeem, one of the model's six brothers, drugged and strangled her as she slept, USA Today reported.


Rescuers save 366 migrants from boats in Mediterranean, 20 reported dead

Migrants rescuedRescuers saved 366 migrants from rickety boats trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy but at least 20 people were reported to have drowned, Italian police said on Saturday.

The survivors, who were rescued in four separate operations, were crammed onto three rubber dinghies and a wooden fishing boat. They were all taken to the Sicilian port of Augusta, where they were questioned on Friday evening by the Italian police unit Interforce, which combats illegal immigration.


Turkey claims coup attempt foiled; deaths near 200

Turkey coup endsGovernment forces crushed a coup attempt, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday.

Erdogan vowed retribution after a chaotic night of clashes between loyalists and rebels that left almost 200 people dead and may not be entirely over. "In Turkey the army is not governing the state and they cannot, and this should be known by all," Erdogan said, addressing crowds in Istanbul on Saturday morning. "The government is in control."


Turkey coup: military attempt to seize power from Erdogan as low flying jets and gunfire heard in Ankara

Turkey coup attemptThe Associated Press is now carrying fuller quotes from the Turkish prime minister’s interview with NTV.

Having confirmed his belief that an attempted coup was underway, Yıldırım said: “We are focusing on the possibility of an attempt [coup]. There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy.”

Update: (10pm ET) President Erdogan has returned to Turkey, and resistance to the coup continues in the streets of Ankara and Istanbul.  However, the attempted takeover is not yet defeated.

American father and son killed in Nice attack

American father and son killed in Nice attackTwo Americans were among those killed in the Nice, France, truck attack on Thursday, a State Department spokesman announced Friday.

The two Austin, Texas, residents were reportedly vacationing in the French seaside town to celebrate a birthday, according to local news station WFTV.
Sean’s niece Hayley Copeland announced the deaths in a Facebook post early Friday.


Truck attacker kills 84 celebrating France's Bastille Day

Bastille Day attackAn attacker plowed a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the French Riviera, killing at least 84 people in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act by an enemy determined to strike all nations that share France's values.

The driver, identified by police sources as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian resident in France, also appeared to open fire before officers shot him dead. He was known to the police in connection with common crimes such as theft and violence but was not on the watch list of French intelligence services, the sources said.


Russia Is Building a Nuclear Space Bomber

Russian nuclear space bomberThe Russian military claims it’s making progress on a space plane similar to the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B robotic mini-shuttle.

That in itself isn’t terribly surprising or even, for the United States, particularly worrisome. Lots of governments and even private companies are working on space planes that can launch from rockets or runways, boost into orbit for a period of time then return to Earth for quick refurbishment and re-use.


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