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Senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Muhsin al-Masri killed in Afghanistan

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Abu Muhsin al-Masri, believed to be al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, was on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List.Afghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior al-Qaeda leader who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Most Wanted Terrorists list, according to Afghanistan’s intelligence service.
Al-Masri, an Egyptian national believed to be al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, was killed during a special operation in the central Ghazni province, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a tweet late on Saturday.
Al-Masri, who also goes by the name Husam Abd-al-Ra’uf, has been charged in the United States with having provided material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organisation, and conspiracy to kill US nationals. The US issued a warrant for his arrest in December 2018.

Breaking news : as a result of NDS special force unit operation in ghazni province an al-Qaida key member for Indian sub contanint, Abu Muhsen Almisry were killed pic.twitter.com/4fmWzA5T4e
— NDS Afghanistan (@NDSAfghanistan) October 24, 2020

The death of the al-Qaeda operative was announced on the same day that 18 people were killed in a suicide bombing at an education centre in the Afghan capital, Kabul. At least 57 others were wounded …

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California district attorney blasts Newsom’s leadership: ‘The blood of the children…is on your

california district attorney blasts newsom’s leadership: ‘the blood of the children…is on your

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The Fresno County district attorney condemned Gov. Gavin Newsom’s changes to the state’s bail policies amid COVID-19, in light of a recent crime spike.Newsom, who has made efforts to reform California’s criminal justice system while in office, initiated the release of thousands of nonviolent state inmates starting in April and announced in September that he would be closing a state prison next year.But locals say some of the prisoners who have been released, including some with mental illnesses, are violent.
A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officer wearing a protective mask stands at the front gate of San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
“Gov. Newsom … claims that declining prison populations is the reason why he’s doing this, and he applauds himself and criminal justice reformers for bringing the numbers down. While I’m not an opponent of criminal justice reform, I am an opponent of misinformation and lies,”  Lisa Smittcamp said during a Thursday press conference.NEARLY 18,000 CALIFORNIA INMATES COULD BE RELEASED EARLY DUE TO CORONAVIRUSShe added that Newsom omitted the fact that he released “violent criminals” when touting the state’s decreasing number of inmates. “It’s just …

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Rome businesswoman, leader receives Yellow Rose award

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The Professional and Business Women of Rome have honored Michele Salisbury, CFO and director of finance, contracts and diversity as well as board secretary of NYSTEC, with its Yellow Rose of Challenge Award for 2020.The Professional and Business Women of Rome have presented the award since the late 1980s, said PBW President Beth Jones, who presented the award to Salisbury in a ceremony on Friday. Recipients of the award believe in the tenant of Women Helping Women, Jones said, adding that Salisbury has a long history of civic involvement and leadership. “Michele exemplifies leadership and empowerment to working women as demonstrated in her years of service to her profession and her community,” Jones said.  Salisbury is active in a host of local organizations, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Rome Chamber of Commerce and member of the Board of Directors of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corporation (MV EDGE). She is a member of the SUNY Poly Institute College of Business Management Professional Advisory Board and the Finance Committee of the New York State Forum. She recently served as treasurer for the Cyber Research Institute and the Rome Area …

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Kanye West Says His ‘Calling Is to Be the Leader of the Free World’ in Three-Hour Joe Rogan Interview

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Kanye West talked about his work as a “pastor,” music industry contracts, his fashion line and his “calling to be the leader of the free world,” which he said came to him in the shower, in a three-hour long, free-associative interview with podcaster Joe Rogan that was released Saturday — and that’s in just the first half hour.
He also suggested that Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Prince and Bruce and Brandon Lee had been murdered, among other claims.
He also made a reference to Taylor Swift that could be misinterpreted. Speaking of his father’s work as a member of the Black Panther political party, he said, “It’s like my father snatching a mic out of someone’s hand who was lying — like father, like son, there,” he laughed, referring to him grabbing the mic from Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Speaking uninterrupted for long stretches and peppering his comments with mentions of his notable friends and pop-culture references from “Tron” to “Maleficent” to “The Incredibles,” West continued his tendency to make a provocative statement and then quickly move to a seemingly unrelated subject. (The following quotes have been edited to eliminate digressions.)
“There couldn’t be …

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez Escapes Venezuela, Opposition Officials Say

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BOGOTA, Colombia—Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent leader in the movement to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime, has fled Venezuela, top officials in the opposition said Saturday. The 49-year-old, a mentor to U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó and a conduit to U.S. officials seeking to remove Mr. Maduro from power, had been holed up in the Spanish ambassador’s residence in Caracas since fleeing house arrest during what turned out to be a short-lived,…

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Uttarakhand BJP sends five names to leadership for Rajya Sabha seat

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The Uttarakhand BJP has sent a list of five names to the central leadership to finalise the party’s candidate for the forthcoming election to one Rajya Sabha seat from the state.The list includes the names of former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, BJP’s national office secretary Mahendra Pandey, former MP Balraj Pasi, Pradesh BJP vice president Anil Goyal and senior party leader Naresh Bansal, state BJP sources said.Election to the Rajya Sabha seat held by Raj Babbar is scheduled to take place on November 9. Raj Babbar’s term concludes on November 25.The last date for filing nominations for the seat is October 27 which means the party may announce its candidate for the seat in a day or two.Victory of the BJP candidate from the seat is a foregone conclusion with the party having 57 out of the assembly’s 70 seats in its kitty.Bahuguna’s candidature is a strong possibility considering his stature as a former chief minister.Desertion by many leaders, including heavyweights like Bahuguna, ahead of the 2017 assembly polls had harmed the Congress’s prospects.Political observers here feel Bahuguna may be rewarded by the BJP with a nomination to the Upper House. 

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Joe Biden Had Close Ties With Police Leaders. Will They Help Him Now?

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Bill Johnson knew, before he reached out to Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign last spring, that things had changed between the former vice president and the nation’s police unions. A once-close alliance had frayed amid clashes over police brutality and racism in the justice system. Still, Mr. Johnson, the executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, invited Mr. Biden to address the group as it weighed its 2020 endorsement.For weeks, the campaign was politely noncommittal, Mr. Johnson said. Finally, he recalled, on the day NAPO was deciding its endorsement, he heard from a campaign aide asking if there was still time to send a message. “Not to be a jerk, but we were literally starting the meeting,” Mr. Johnson said. “It’s kind of a little late.”The police federation, which twice endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket and stayed neutral in 2016, backed President Trump in July. Soon after, its president told the Republican convention that Mr. Biden and Senator Kamala Harris were “the most radical anti-police ticket in history.”That attack marked a low point in a political relationship that had endured for most of Mr. Biden’s career.If elected, Mr. Biden would bring to the …

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Ayala: If the city of San Antonio can’t see what’s wrong in the Alamo Plaza non-redevelopment, it’s doomed

ayala: if the city of san antonio can’t see what’s wrong in the alamo plaza non-redevelopment, it’s doomed

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If it isn’t already obvious, the city of San Antonio’s role in the $450 million Alamo Plaza redevelopment plan has been a failure.

Throughout this six-year ordeal, the city has failed to lead. It has failed to be transparent. It has failed to be accountable. It has failed to be inclusive.

It has failed to show good judgment, as it did in signing off to move the Alamo Cenotaph without getting local buy-in. As if city leaders didn’t know that the Cenotaph had more supporters than the redevelopment plan. As if the city had no clue the Texas Historical Commission might deny its permit to move it.

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Like it has in the past, the city went along with another attempt by the state to bulldoze past every opposition, however great, however small. It has been a show of arrogance.

This week, plans were announced to build a new repository to house the $15.5 million Phil Collins collection of Battle of the Alamo artifacts and documents. The building will be constructed behind the Alamo, on its grounds.

The plan came out of nowhere.

It also was a result of desperation. The Alamo risks losing the Collins collection if …

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