US Conducts First Direct Strikes Inside Yemen

The U.S. military launched cruise missiles on Thursday against three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, in retaliation against failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said. RELATED: Yemenis Stage Massive Protest to Condemn Saudi Carnage The Houthi movement denied being responsible for the missile attacks on the Navy destroyer. Yemen’s Houthi movement condemned the strikes and Iran announced it had sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, establishing a military presence in waters off Yemen. The U.S. missile strikes, authorized by President Barack Obama, raised questions about the potential for further escalation. The Pentagon, however, stressed the limited nature of the…

Shanghai Oriental Art Center to launch 2017 festival SHANGHAI Oriental Art Center's 2017 festival of classics, modern and experimental productions will run from March 17 to April 29. Held in its tenth year, the festival will present a total of 23 performances covering varied styles including Peking, Kunqu, Yueju, Huangmei, Pingtan and Shanghai farce. Artists of major traditional theaters of the country will gather to perform and give art workshops to young theater fans. Yueju Opera artist Mao Weitao's new avant-grade Yueju Opera play "Coriolanus and Du Liniang" will open the festival. The play produced by the Little Hundred Flowers Yueju Troupe of Zhejiang Province is an experimental story of Roman soldier Coriolanus and Du Liniang, a famous character from "The Peony Pavilion." Zhang Jun, who was honored as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2011 will stage ...

Diabetes now major problem in Africa: report Diabetes has increased in Africa between 1990 and 2015 due to rapid development and urbanisation, seen as a boon among economists, but now has health experts worried for the future. Mauritius leads the pack of countries with a high diabetes prevalence rate of 17per cent, which is two to five times greater than rates in the other African countries according to a report released today by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). The report is one of the agenda of the Pan-African convention that begins today morning in Nairobi that will discuss innovative ways to address the disease that affects nearly one million Kenyans with adverse complications such as organ failure. Diabetes is seen as one cause of disability that greatly affects the future development and...

How to Be a Stoic The Stoic philosopher Epictetus was born a slave, around 55 A.D., in the Greco-Roman spa town of Hierapolis—present-day Pamukkale, Turkey. I first encountered his teachings in 2011, shortly after moving from San Francisco to Istanbul. I lived alone on a university campus in a forest. In the midst of a troubled long-distance relationship, I sometimes went days without talking to anyone but my boyfriend’s disembodied head on Skype. I was demoralized by Turkish politics, which made both secularists and religious people feel like victims. If you were a woman, no matter what you were wearing—décolleté or a head scarf—someone would give you a dirty look. The first line of Epictetus’ manual of ethical advice, the Enchiridion—“Some things are in our control and others not”—made me...

Bengals' Adam Jones arrested again after incident in Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Adam Jones faces a felony and three misdemeanors after an altercation in downtown Cincinnati late Monday night. According to Hamilton County Jail inmate records, he was booked on the misdemeanors — obstruction of official business, disorderly conduct and assault — at 12:25 a.m. local time Tuesday morning. The Enquirer’s Paul Dehner Jr. reports that he was later charged with felony harassment with a bodily substance. Cincinnati Bengals player Adam Jones arrested overnighthttps://t.co/5Ni6COz380 pic.twitter.com/T8iYYR8eAf — WAFB (@WAFB) January 3, 2017 According to a criminal complaint obtained by WBRC-TV, the 33-year-old Jones is accused of assaulting a man by “pushing and poking” him in the eye. He then refused to stop attacking the man when ordered to...

Tenn. Woman Recounts Terrifying Escape From Wildfires: 'It Was Like a Meteor ... From her hospital bed, Debbie Brooks recounted her narrow escape from the wildfires that destroyed her home and devastated her Tennessee community. The Gatlinburg, Tennessee, resident spoke to ABC affiliate WATE on Thursday in her room at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in the city of Knoxville. "I don’t think anybody down below knew how bad it was up above," Brooks told WATE of the blaze that consumed her home Monday evening. "Flames started shooting out from all around," she said. "And then the storage room ceiling collapsed, and the main beam of the house came through it." Brooks said she immediately grabbed her dog and two cats before sprinting to her car. "Put it in gear in reverse and just slammed through...

An earthquake worse than the ‘Big One’? Shattered New Zealand city shows danger of ... CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The nine people on Red Bus No. 702 were going separate ways on a Tuesday afternoon: to lunch, the doctor, work, home. The youngest was 14, the oldest 78. At 12:51 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2011, most of them had seconds to live. The bus passed a cluster of old, brick buildings downtown, a place with the grit and throwback charm of Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Below the soil was a crack in the bedrock, similar to the one under Seattle, where pressure that had built for centuries finally burst the city’s foundation. The earthquake shredded buildings and weaponized fragments of brick and concrete, crushing scores of people eating lunch, shopping and talking on the phone. The facade of one old, brick building, home to a noodle shop, separated ...

Protesters raid pro-Kurdish HDP office after deadly bombing in Kayseri Dozens of angry Turkish protesters have stormed the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the country’s central province of Kayseri, which left more than a dozen soldiers dead and many more injured. On Saturday, the protesters broke into the building in the provincial capital city of Kayseri, battering doors down, scattering papers, throwing furniture into the street and removing the HDP sign from the entrance. Some of the demonstrators then climbed to the top of the building, set off a fire and furled down a flag of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The development came after senior Turkish officials blamed the Saturday car bomb, which killed 13 soldiers and wounded 56 others, on Kurdistan Workers' ...