At Least 17 Killed By Car Bomb Near Syria-Turkey Border Crossing

At least 17 people, mostly Syrian rebel fighters, were killed after a car bomb exploded near the Bab al-Salama crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, witnesses and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have said. The blast occurred late on October 13 near a Free Syrian Army checkpoint that is 2 kilometers from the border crossing, a major conduit for traffic between opposition-held northern Syria into Turkey. Among at least 25 injured, eight were in critical condition and taken to Turkish hospitals across the border. The border crossing is close to Azaz, a major stronghold of Turkish-backed and Western-vetted moderate Syrian rebel fighters who have been involved in a major operation fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in the area. The attack came a week after an IS …

‘Westworld’ Season 1 Finale: Anthony Hopkins Talks Dr. Ford's Fate Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) of “Westworld” met a surprising end during the season finale of the sci-fi show. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!) After launching the new narrative he painstakingly created — even at the cost of several lives — Ford seemingly allowed Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) to kill him the same way his former partner, Arnold Weber (Jeffrey Wright), asked her to end him many years ago. When Entertainment Weekly asked Hopkins what drove Ford to do so, he said he has no clue. “I honestly don’t know. He’s obviously a very proud man fascinated by human intelligence, the nature of intelligence, the history of the human being, the nature of consciousness, and the theory that human consciousness – as we know it today ...

Nikkei falls as weak yen trend pauses, volume, turnover lowest in 2 months Dec 26 Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Monday in thin trade led by falls in banking and exporter stocks with risk appetite sapped by a pause in the yen's recent tendency to weaken.The Nikkei dropped 0.2 percent to 19,396.64. The dollar fell 0.3 percent to 117.16 yen versus 10-month highs of 118.66 yen hit earlier this month. The broader Topix dropped 0.4 percent to 1,538.14, with only 1.44 billion shares changing hands, the lowest since Oct. 24. Turnover was 1.63 trillion yen, also the lowest level since the same day. The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 fell 0.4 percent to 13,785.73. (Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Eric Meijer)

INMATE ON THE RUN Manhunt on for ex-Army reservist facing charges A round-the-clock state and federal manhunt was underway Monday for an inmate who escaped from a Rhode Island detention center. Former Army reservist James Morales, 35, fled Saturday by climbing a basketball hoop to reach a rooftop, cutting through a fence and climbing through razor wire, the Wyatt Correctional Center warden Daniel Martin said. Martin added said it took more than three hours to discover Morales was missing. Two officers have been placed on leave after his escape. Massachusetts state police said Monday they recovered a stolen vehicle believed to have been used by Morales. Police said he likely fled to Attleboro, Mass. and stole the car. The search for Morales is now focusing on Framingham after the discovery of the car. Authorities found surveillance footage...

Selangor Sultan receives tithe payment from Central Spectrum SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, received business tithe of RM2.3 million today from property developer Central Spectrum (M) Sdn Bhd (CSSB). The tithe payment was made during an 11am ceremony at Istana Bukit Kayangan here. It saw Sultan Sharafuddin receiving a check from CSSB chief executive officer Mahmud Abbas. Also present were mufti of Selangor Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid, Selangor Islamic Affairs Council chairman Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa, Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS) chairman Tan Sri Syed Anwar Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail and LZS chief executive officer Hussin Mohd Ali. In a statement, CSSB said the tithe paid was to fulfil its zakat responsibility for the year 2015. CSSB is an industrial land developer which, since the launch of its operation in 1994, ...

Creator of Solo red cups dies at 84 You’ve probably drunk from his red Solo cups at parties without knowing it. Robert Leo Hulseman, inventor of the Solo red cups, died on Dec. 21 at age 84. The family man started working at the Solo Red Cup Company when he was 18 years old and worked his way up to CEO, inheriting the business from his father in 1980. “He was known as an innovator, a hands-on manufacturing expert, and an industry pioneer,” Hulseman’s obituary read. The company debuted the cone-shaped paper cups in the 1940s and, when Hulseman took over, he implemented a new design with a bright color. Country singer Toby Keith made the red cups famous by featuring them in his song, “Red Solo Cup.” “Now a red solo cup is the...

Donald Trump Wraps Up Marathon Weekend Cabinet Search Washington:  US President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday wrapped up a busy weekend of meetings with cabinet hopefuls at his golf club retreat outside New York, hinting new appointments are imminent.The Republican billionaire-turned-world leader signaled he is seriously considering retired Marine Corps general James "Mad Dog" Mattis to be his Pentagon chief, heaping praise on him.When asked before dinner at his Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey if he would soon reveal new nominations, Trump told reporters: "Pretty true," confirming he had "made a couple of deals." It was not clear if Trump planned to make any announcements late Sunday, either from Bedminster or once he makes the 90-minute drive back to Trump Tower in Manhattan.Beyond Mattis, the top...

A city for the kids From adequate healthcare facilities to equal educational opportunities, or involving children in decisions about their city, Mumbai has a great distance to cover. As a paediatrician in Mumbai, I would see children coming from a slum to the municipal hospital I worked in, having had no vaccination, and not having eaten a square meal a day. I would see children brought in from the street with no family or guardian. And elsewhere, I would see a child born to a billionaire whose bare feet have probably never touched the soil. Mumbai’s children are a study in contrast: stark at the ends and a million hues in between. It is home to some of the world’s richest children and millions of those who may not be assured of...