September 12, 2019

Russia launches wave of raids against opposition activists

Rus32/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Russia’s security services on Thursday launched a sweeping wave of raids targeting the anti-Kremlin opposition leader Alexey Navalny and his supporters, searching dozens of homes and offices in cities across Russia and detaining several people. The scale of the raids was unprecedented. By midday local time, police had raided around 150 addresses in 41 cities, according to Navalny’s group, the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK). The group’s 45 regional offices were hit and police..
September 12, 2019

Tourists in Cyprus run from explosions at nearby Turkish military base

200mm/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Terrified tourists were evacuated from a northern Cyprus hotel early Thursday morning following explosions at a nearby Turkish military base. Blasts at an ammunition depot showered the surrounding area with debris and unexploded ordnance after a fire broke out on the base in Catalkoy, west of the town of Kyrenia. Posting to his Facebook page, Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay said only a few minor injuries were reported. The nearby Acapulco Hotel was dam..
September 12, 2019

“Harry Potter” author JK Rowling donates $20 million to neurology research

Nirian/iStock(LONDON) -- J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has donated almost $20 million (£15.3m) to support research into neurological conditions in honor of her late mother. The latest philanthropic act from the woman behind the fantasy empire will help create new facilities and support research at the University of Edinburgh's Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, seeking to improve the lives of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and similar conditions. The re..
September 12, 2019

French investigators interview possible Jeffrey Epstein accusers

Cineberg/iStock(PARIS) -- Three possible victims of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sexual abuse have come forward in France after police there launched an inquiry into the conduct of the New York-based financier. Epstein died by suicide in his New York jail cell last month while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of girls in New York and Florida. Epstein, 66, owned property all over the world, including at least one apartment in Paris, and in..