Suicide bomber from ISIS kills 54 military recruits
A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Monday killed at least 54 military recruits, officials said. The director of Aden's Health Ministry, Khidra Lasour, said almost 70 people were wounded, including 30 seriously, and were being treated in area hospitals. The Islamic State, through its Amaq News Agency, called the attack a "martyrdom operation." The group and the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida have exploited the chaos of the country's long-running civil war to exercise control in certain areas, especially in the south.
U.S. calls on Turks, Kurds to halt clashes
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the ISIS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Turkey. It was the first U.S. criticism of its NATO ally since it launched a U.S.-backed incursion into northern Syria to help Syrian rebels seize the town of Jarablus from ISIS. They have been clashing with Kurdish Syrian forces around the town to try to halt their advance. The battle now pits Turkey against the Kurdish-led force known as the Syria Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed proxy that is the most effective ground force battling ISIS in Syria's civil war.
President speaks at impeachment trial
Brazil's suspended president proclaimed her innocence at her impeachment trial Monday, branding her vice president a "usurper," calling the drive to oust her a "coup" and warning senators that history will judge them harshly if they oust a democratically elected leader on false charges. Dilma Rousseff's much anticipated appearance before senators who will decide this week whether to permanently remove her from office was characterized by the same defiance she has shown throughout the impeachment process. After 12 hours, she was still answering questions from senators late Monday night.
New school at site of Sandy Hook shooting
About 400 elementary school students attended school in Sandy Hook, Conn., on Monday for the first time since a shooting rampage there killed 20 first-graders and six educators. School superintendent Joseph Erardi said it was a great and uneventful day at the new 86,000-square-foot Sandy Hook Elementary School, which was built to replace the one torn down after the December 2012 shooting.
Los Angeles: Operations were returning to normal at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday morning, after false reports of an active shooter sent passengers stampeding from terminals on Sunday night.
New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is catching criticism from conservationists for reeling in a 154.5-pound thresher shark off Long Island.
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