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More than 430 killed in earthquake near Iran-Iraq border

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 430 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday. Iran’s western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor Sunday night, with …

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Hundreds killed as earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border area

At least 207 people were killed and over 1,700 injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that were hindering rescue efforts, officials said Monday. The quake could be felt across Iraq, shaking buildings and homes from Erbil to Baghdad and as far west as Anbar …

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۳-month-old and 5-year-old girls rescued in sex trafficking crackdown

(CNN) Two sisters, one 5 years old and the other 3 months old, were rescued in Denver by undercover agents during this year’s FBI-led sting operation against sex traffickers, officials said. The alleged trafficker, a friend of the children’s family, made a deal to sell them for sex for $600, …

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Bush, Obama blasts will be water off Trump’s back

(CNN) The Presidents club is turning on its newest member. Breaking the code of silence that retired commanders in chief normally maintain about their successors, both George W. Bush and Barack Obama delivered clear jabs at the current occupant of the Oval Office on Thursday. President Donald Trump, however, likely …

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Iran hits detained British-Iranian mother with new charges

(CNN) When Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe learned she was going to court, the British-Iranian mother assumed she was about to be released from a Tehran prison. Instead, the charity worker found herself facing several new charges — and potentially another 16 years in jail — after being held for more than a …

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Iraq sentences 27 men to death for roles in 2014 Speicher massacre

CNN) Iraq sentenced 27 prisoners to death for their part in a 2014 massacre that killed as many as 1,700 men in ISIS-controlled territory, according to a statement released by Iraq Central Criminal Court. “The Central Criminal Court issued a verdict to execute 27 defendants convicted of participating in the …

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Barcelona stunned as 13 killed in van attack on Las Ramblas

(CNN) At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 injured after a van rammed through crowds of people in the heart of Barcelona Thursday in what police described as a terror attack. Eyewitnesses reported scenes of panic and chaos as the van plowed through crowds in the renowned …

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Japan hit with deadly floods and landslides; 15 dead

Japan (CNN) At least 15 people were killed and hundreds are still stranded after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides this week in southwest Japan, authorities said. Twelve people died in Fukuoka and 14 people are missing, according to Fukuoka prefecture’s Disaster Management web site. It said 104,746 people remain …

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Trump’s mistake in his meeting with Putin

(CNN) The first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg was notable for the attention given to Donald Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin and the ferocity of the day’s protests. It would be nice to think that the protesters were particularly irked by the sight of two autocratic, …

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Court rules hospital can withdraw life support for sick baby Charlie Gard

(CNN) The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday a hospital can discontinue life support to a baby suffering from a rare genetic disease. Born in August, Charlie Gard has a rare genetic disorder known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. Caused by a genetic mutation, it leads to weakened muscles …

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