January 23, 2020

French president loses his cool in argument with Israeli guards in Jerusalem

AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images(PARIS) -- French President Emmanuel Macron got into a testy exchange with Israeli security guards at the Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem on Wednesday, accusing the guards of violating rules preventing them from entering what is considered French territory. The Ottoman Empire gifted the church, built by French crusaders in the 12th century, to France in 1856. "I don’t like what you did in front of me," Macron shouted at police outside the church. The specia..
January 22, 2020

Psychologist who devised ‘enhanced interrogation’ technique for CIA testifies at 9/11 trial hearing

BCFC/iStock(GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba) -- The psychologist credited with devising the C.I.A.'s program of "enhanced interrogation" during the war on terror defended his record at a pretrial hearing for the alleged masterminds of 9/11. James Mitchell, who worked as a contractor for the C.I.A. along with his colleague Bruce Jessen, told the tribunal at Guantanamo Bay’s Camp Justice that he "would get up today and do it again" as he thought his work was a "moral duty." Full transcripts of his testi..
January 22, 2020

Shark attacks declined throughout the world in 2019, according to new report

ramihalim/iStock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Looks like it’s safer to get back in the water. There were 64 unprovoked shark attacks reported around the world in 2019, 22% fewer attacks than the five-year average of 82 incidents annually, the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File revealed Tuesday. The U.S. led the world with 41 unprovoked attacks, which the report defines "as incidents where an attack on a live human occurs in the shark’s natural habitat with no human provocation of t..
January 22, 2020

American woman vanishes while on vacation in Belize

Pawel Gaul/iStock(NEW YORK) -- An American woman disappeared over the weekend while vacationing in Belize, authorities said. Alison MacKenzie, 43, was among a group of tourists who on Friday embarked on an overnight excursion to Rendezvous Caye, a tiny island off the coast of Belize. A member of the tour group reported that when they woke up the next morning around 6:00 a.m., MacKenzie was nowhere to be found, according to a spokesperson for the Belize Police Department. The police spokesperson..