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Women under ISIL: The torturers under the Islamic State

In the first of a five-part series of accounts exploring what life was like for women living under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, two women who worked as torturers for ISIL's religious police share their stories. Aisha's story - Raqqa, Syria: 'That was our job,…

China Teen’s TikTok ‘make up tutorial’ condemning China

A post by a US teenager pretending to give an eyelash curling tutorial while actually condemning China's crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang has gone viral. The video by Feroza Aziz, 17, had millions of views across several social media platforms by Wednesday.  More: Secret papers reveal workings of China's Xinjiang detention camps Uighur activists say…

Pete the Who’s Pete Townshend on Rock’s Legacy

Of all the key figures from rock music’s glory days, the Who’s Pete Townshend is the one to have had most deeply interrogated — on albums like “Quadrophenia” and in his own writing over the years —the relationship between musicians and their audience. That decades-long preoccupation, which has resulted in so much thrilling, questing music,…

Donald McGahn Must Testify to Congress

A judge rejected the Trump administration’s argument that senior White House officials were immune from congressional subpoenas. Democrats want to talk to Donald McGahn, the former White House counsel, about President Trump’s efforts to impede the Russia investigation.Credit...Doug Mills/The New York TimesNov. 25, 2019, 5:57 p.m. ETWASHINGTON — The former White House counsel Donald F.…

US decide: Ex-White House counsel must comply

Former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena seeking his testimony about President Donald Trump's efforts to impede the now-completed federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election in the United States, a judge ruled on Monday. In an important case about presidential powers, US District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson…

Turkey Erdogan to meet Qatar’s emir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Qatar on Monday and will meet Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on an official visit to discuss regional issues and bilateral relations. Ankara and Doha are close regional allies, having developed solid ties during testing times, while the countries' leaders enjoy a strong personal relationship. The two governments have seen…

Protest death toll rises as anti-gov’t protests grip Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq - Six people were killed and dozens wounded in Iraq's southern cities of Basra and Nasiriya as a result of clashes with security forces, according to the Iraqi human rights council. Meanwhile in Baghdad, street battles between security sources and protesters continued as demonstrators demanding basic services, employment opportunities, and an end to…

‘Store Contest: The Poké Ball Guy I knew he was hassle

From the moment I first saw the Poke Ball Guy I knew he was trouble. And I also knew he needed to get his very own ‘Shop Contest. So here we are. He’s out on parole and free to go on new adventures. Your Challenge This Week: Spread the horror of Poke Ball Guy to…

Apple Watch catches grandmother’s heart situation

Thanks to a gift from her grandchildren, a woman is still alive.Marie Bourque took herself to the hospital in the middle of the night after being awakened by her Apple Watch. The device had reportedly detected an irregular heartbeat and issued an alert. “Without the notification, I would have woken up the next morning, hopefully,…

Walmart Black Friday 2019 advert: Everything

Walmart This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season's best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET. I'll make it easy for you: Find the best Black Friday sales already available at Walmart here. But read on if you want to know the best sales coming when…

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Teen CASE: LA sheriff wants answers of teen girls

Erin Lavender, 19, and Dalelaja Hearn, 17, were shot dead on Dec. 15, 2019.January 15, 2020, 7:21 PM6 min read Two teenagers were sitting in a car with their friends when they were shot dead in a "senseless crime" in Los Angeles, and now authorities are pleading with the public to help find their killers.…

US House votes to send Trump articles to Senate

Washington, DC - The United States House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial. The House's action sets up an historic clash between Congress and the president that now will be fought out in the quasi-judicial and highly political venue of the…

Israel creates seven ‘nature reserves’ West Bank

Israel's defence minister has announced the creation of seven nature reserves in the occupied West Bank as part of efforts to maintain Israeli control of the area, saying the move would strengthen Israel and further develop Jewish settlements. The sites are all located in what is known as Area C of the West Bank that…

This Jigglypuff Bluetooth speaker could be a sleeper hit

Filings for a Bluetooth speaker that looks like Jigglypuff made by GameStop’s ThinkGeek brand have been published by the Federal Communications Commission. That means that if you’ve ever wanted a real-life Jigglypuff to sing you to sleep, you might be able to make that dream a reality sometime soon. Here’s what the speaker looks like,…