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Hawaii Missile Alert Update Delayed Because Governor Didnâ€™t Know His Twitter Password
Hawaiian Gov. David Ige (D) has made the embarrassing admission that his office did not immediately inform the public about the stateâ€™s missile alert false alarm partly because he had forgotten the password to his Twitter account.
Man charged with DUI after trying to order burrito at bank drive-through window
Multiple casualties in Kentucky high school shooting
A suspect was taken into custody after one person was killed and others wounded Tuesday morning at a rural Kentucky high school. "You just never think this will happen in a small town like ours," Savana Smothers, the assistant girls' soccer coach at Marshall County High School, told the Associated Press.
White House doctor enthusiastic about Trump
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Kabul Hotel attackers 'went from room to room in search of foreigners to kill'
Taliban militants who killed at least 22 people at a luxury Kabul hotel went from room to room searching for foreigners, according to survivors and a security source on Â Monday as more details of the victims emerged. Insurgents armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide vests attacked the landmark Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the Afghan capital late Saturday in an assault that lasted more than 12 hours and prompted questions over how the attackers breached security. Guests hid behind pillars and in rooms as gunmen sprayed bullets and set fire to parts of the six-storey building. Some people climbed over balconies and used bed sheets in a desperate attempt to escape. "They were saying, 'Kill the foreigners!'," a 20-year-old hotel employee who gave his name as Hasibullah said from his hospital bed. He described hiding in a fifth-floor room and listening as the gunmen went from room to room, forcing doors open "with daggers" and killing those inside. A burned corridor of the Intercontinental Hotel a day after the attack in Kabul Credit: REUTERS Officials have said that at least 14 foreigners were killed. "They didn't want to kill the Afghans," a security source said. "The weapons and bullets they had were for the foreigners." One other witness claimed he had seen the militants beheading guests. The attack ended Sunday with all six militants killed by Afghan forces, aided by Norwegian troops. Health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh said 22 bodies had now been taken to Kabul hospitals. "Some of the bodies (are) burned badly and need DNA tests to be identified," he said. The interior ministry gave a lower toll Monday, saying 19 people were dead. There were also conflicting accounts of the number of attackers, which the ministry had put at six. Authorities are known to understate death tolls in high-profile attacks, and much higher figures were circulating on local media. At least seven Ukrainian citizens were among the dead, the country's ambassador to Tajikistan and Afghanistan Viktor Nikitiuk told Ukrainian television 112. "A lot of Ukrainian aviation technicians work in Afghanistan. All the dead were working for the airline Kam Air and living at the Intercontinental Hotel," he said. Kam Air, an Afghan carrier, said a further two Venezuelan staff were also killed in the assault, bringing the airline's loss to at least nine of its personnel - five crew and four pilots. Captain Samad Usman Samadi, the airline's CEO, said his staff "has been shocked and they are not in normal conditions". "It will some time for them to recover," he said. Afghan security forces keep watch as smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel on SundayÂ Credit: OMAR SOBHANI/Â REUTERS One German citizen and one Kazakh citizen were also killed, their foreign ministries said. Afghan officials told AFP that senior Afghan diplomat Abdullah Poyan died along with Mufti Ahmad Farzan, a member of the High Peace Council responsible for reconciliation efforts with militants. The employee Hasibullah said he saw two "fashionably dressed" gunmen in the hotel restaurant before the assault began. The security source confirmed investigators had seen CCTV footage showing the attackers in the restaurant prior to the attack. "It was around 8.30 pm... They were sitting in the corner of the hotel and they immediately started spraying bullets," Hasibullah said. He ran to the fifth floor room and locked himself inside, though not before seeing "many" bodies on the ground. But as the gunmen went from door to door he leapt from the window in terror. "I fell on people lying in blood... it was horrific." Knocked unconscious, he awoke in hospital with a broken leg and other wounds. Another survivor said the attackers "even beheaded the guests and people inside the hotel". Noorullah, 24, said he worked at the hotel checking its security cameras, but fled to the fourth floor as the power went off and the attack began. Also describing the militants as wearing civilian clothes, he said they killed "dozens" of people, opening every single room and "raining" bullets. He, too, jumped from a window to escape. Witnesses said the hotel's security staff fled the scene as the attack unfolded. Authorities warned they were still investigating how militants breached hotel security, which was taken over by a private company three weeks ago. It was too soon to say if the militants had inside help, an interior ministry spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi said. The militants were armed with suicide vests, pistols, hand grenades and Kalashnikovs, he said. The attack followed security warnings in recent days to avoid hotels and other locations frequented by foreigners in war-torn Kabul. Security has been ramped up in the city, but the resurgent Taliban and Islamic State are both scaling up their assaults.
Hong Kong bookseller detained again by Chinese authorities
HONG KONG (AP) â€” A Hong Kong-based bookseller who was secretly detained in China has been taken away by Chinese authorities again after being released into house arrest last October, his daughter said Monday.
Liberals Fume At 'Worst Negotiator' Chuck Schumer After Deal To End Shutdown
WASHINGTON â€• Democrats provided votes to fund the government on MondayÂ in exchange for an assurance from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that he would put an immigration bill on the floor in the coming weeks.
Texts suggest Strzok, Page knew outcome of Clinton probe
Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea Scroll
Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century since their discovery, an Israeli university has said. The more than 60 tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been thought to come from a variety of different scrolls, a Haifa University spokesman told AFP on Sunday.
At the snowiest WEF meeting in 18 years, who is in focus?
DAVOS, Switzerland - At the World Economic Forum, which is set to begin on Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland, over 3,000 of the worldâ€™s elites from business, finance,Â politics and public aff
Blaze at Indian firecrackers warehouse leaves dozens dead
NEW DELHI, India - In a tragic incident late on Saturday, 17 people were killed after a fire broke out at a warehouse in an industrial area near Indiaâ€™s capital city, New Delhi.
Bombs found at Indian pilgrimage where Dalai Lama is staying
BIHAR, India - Security at the Bodh Gaya pilgrimage centre in the Indian state of Bihar was intensified after two bombs were found at the temple, where the Tibetan spiritual guru Dalai Lama is curr
Jet airways cockpit brawl: DGCA suspends license of both pilots
Mumbai (Maharashtra [India] January 23 (ANI): The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday suspended the licenses of two pilots of Jet Airways London-Mumbai flight 9W-119 for five years
'Both Canada, India stand firm in combating terrorism'
Davos [Switzerland], January 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a brief discussion on the issue of terrorism, with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, put forth that "both the countries m
IC3 announces third edition of 2018 annual IC3 Conference
New Delhi [India], Jan 23 (ANI-BusinessWire India): International Career and College Counseling (IC3) Conference announced the third edition of their annual conference that will be held in New Delhi o
India-Switzerland talk trade and economic cooperation
Davos [Switzerland], January 23 (ANI): India and Switzerland are negotiating the Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA) in a bid to embolden the trade and economic cooperation between the two
Rahul asks PM Modi to explain India's income inequality
New Delhi [India] Jan 23 (ANI): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the unequal distribution of income in India, moments after the latter gave a ke
Grofers launches 'Smart Bachat Club', crosses Rs.100 cr monthly GMV
New Delhi [India], Jan 23 (ANI): Low-price online supermarket Grofers has launched a membership subscription based service for its customers, 'Smart Bachat Club' this month. It is the first loyalty pr
Dailyhunt launches 'Newzly' app for quick updates
New Delhi [India], Jan 23 (ANI): Dailyhunt, a news and local language content application announced the launch of Newzly, a news-in-brief app for Android users. The app offers a summary of trending ne
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