WASHINGTON — The FBI will recommend to the Justice Department that no prosecution is warranted as a result of its yearlong investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said on Tuesday.
Comey said the probe found there was evidence of extremely careless handling of emails by Clinton, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, and that at least 110 emails contained classified information at the time they were sent.
But he said the FBI's judgment was that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring charges against Clinton, who had a voluntary 3-1/2-hour interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday in Washington. more >>
Top Islamic clerics in Saudi Arabia have spoken out in outrage against the Islamic State terror group following three suicide bombings in the country, including one near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, which is Islam's second holiest site.
The Senior Council of Ulema said the bombers "violated everything that is sacred" in their attacks against the holy sites. BBC News noted that four security guards were killed in the bombing in Medina, though only the terrorists died in two other separate attacks in Jeddah and Qatif on Monday.
IS has carried out a number of violent attacks throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in predominantly Muslim countries, such as Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq. more >>
BAGHDAD — The death toll from a suicide bombing in a Baghdad shopping district has risen to over 150, fuelling calls for security forces to crack down on Islamic State sleeper cells blamed for one of the worst ever single bombings in Iraq.
Numbers rose as bodies were recovered from the rubble in the Karrada area of Baghdad, where a refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up on Saturday night when people were out celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.
The toll in Karrada stood at 151 killed and 200 wounded by midday on Monday, according to police and medical sources. Rescuers and families were still looking for 35 missing people. more >>
DHAKA — Six gunmen were killed and 13 hostages, including three foreigners, were rescued on Saturday during a police operation inside a Dhaka restaurant that came under attack, Indian television channel Times Now reported.
Gunmen attacked the upscale cafe in the diplomatic area of Dhaka late on Friday and had been holding about 20 hostages, including foreigners, before police poured into the building to try to free those stuck inside. At least two police were killed, authorities said.
Security officials said two police officers had been killed, but denied a report by Islamic State that 24 people were dead in the assault. more >>
Transgender individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the United States armed forces under a new policy announced by the Pentagon that would require the U.S. government to cover "medically necessary" medical care associated with gender transition.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Thursday that the longstanding ban against transgender military service has been lifted, "effective immediately."
"This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force," Carter said in a prepared statement. "We're talking about talented Americans who are serving with distinction or who want the opportunity to serve. We can't allow barriers unrelated to a person's qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission." more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini says the Bible teaches that women should not have authority over men, warning there will be "chaos" if the biblical model is ignored in the leadership of the home, church and country.
Abedini, who was released as a hostage in January after being held captive by the Iranian regime for three years, quoted 1 Timothy 2:12 in a Facebook post on Thursday, which states: "And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence."
The pastor, who is now the director at Saeed Ministries, argued that men should be the head of the family, the Church, and the country. more >>