Saudi Arabia's crown prince blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and called on the international community to take a "decisive stand" but said in an interview published on Sunday that the kingdom does not want a war in the region. Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday, which the United States also blamed on Iran, have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. Iran has denied any role in the strikes south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route and major transit route for oil.
A US politician who blamed pilot error for contributing to the deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX flown by Ethiopian Airlines was "seriously misinformed", the carrier's boss has said. Republican Sam Graves told a House of Representatives hearing last month that "facts" in investigations after crashes in both Ethiopia and Indonesia "reveal pilot error as a factor in these tragically fatal accidents". The 737 MAX 8 is currently grounded worldwide after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in March, killing all 157 people onboard and drawing scrutiny to the new Boeing model's anti-stall system.
A young black bear was shot and killed by Oregon officials after becoming so habituated to humans that people reportedly took selfies with it.
Japan has protested what is says was an unauthorized Chinese maritime survey within its economic waters near disputed East China Sea islands, officials said Monday. Japan's Foreign Ministry said it lodged a protest with Beijing after a Chinese maritime research ship was seen dropping a wire-like object into the water off the northwestern coast of Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands on Sunday. China also claims the islands, which it calls Diaoyu.
Buttigieg did not want the White House dictating the terms of a DOJ investigation.
An upcoming Vatican global synod dedicated to the Amazon is set to discuss allowing married men in remote areas to be ordained as priests, according to a preview of the meeting made public on Monday. The much-anticipated discussion, which will form part of the October 6 to 27 synod, is aimed at boosting the stock of potential clergy in far-flung areas where they are currently scarce. Pope Francis has repeatedly said there is no doctrinal prohibition on married men who have reached a certain age from becoming priests, and therefore the discipline could be changed.
A woman has been arrested in connection with the killing of a former Arkansas state senator. Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, was detained on Friday night by Randolph County sheriff’s deputies in connection with the death of Linda Collins-Smith. Officials said criminal charges were pending.The 57-year-old former politician was found dead outsider her home in Pocahantas, Arkansas on 4 June. Ken Yang, a former communications director for Ms Collins-Smith, said Ms O’Donnell had worked on the former lawmaker’s most recent campaign and that the two were friends. Mr Yang said the family did not have an immediate comment on the arrest but may issue a statement.Ms Collins-Smith served one term in the state House and was originally elected as a Democrat in 2010. But she switched parties and became a Republican in 2011, the year before the GOP won control of both chambers of the legislature. She was elected to the state senate in 2014 and was one of the most conservative lawmakers in the majority-GOP chamber. She lost re-election in the Republican primary last year. Ms Collins-Smith and her husband, retired Circuit Judge Philip Smith, divorced last year and were in the middle of a legal fight over their properties, including a motel.Authorities have released few details about Ms Collins-Smith's killing and have not said how or when the former lawmaker was killed. A judge last week granted a request by prosecutors to seal documents and statements obtained by police during the investigation. Ms Collins-Smith was active on social media but her last tweet was posted in late May.AP contributed to this report
Jataveon Dashawn Hall, 19, is accused of breaking into a home in Hillsborough on Friday and forcing the boy into a closet while he gathered the family's electronics, according to a statement by the Orange County Sheriff's Office. After the boy hit Hall in the head with a machete, Hall sought treatment at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, where workers who had been asked to look out for a man with a head wound notified sheriff's deputies, including an officer who was eating lunch at the center. The sheriff's office said its officers, who did not have the required warrants to arrest Hall at that point, discovered Hall was missing from the hospital on Saturday morning.
A federal complaint says a man struck a flight attendant in the throat and then threw up during a Delta flight to Paris.
Now that the Beretta M9 9mm service pistol is in the process of being phased out in favor of the SIG Sauer M17 pistol (AKA the P320) one can’t help but ask: does the Beretta M9/92 pistol in general still have a place in the 21st Century?The Beretta is indeed an aged pistol. It’s an aluminum framed, double action single action auto in an era where polymer framed striker fired pistols rule the roost. And the fact that the military has decided to part ways with the M9 may seem like an ominous sign to many that the time of the Beretta 92 is sunsetting.But here’s the truth: the Beretta M9 is not a bad pistol. On the contrary, it’s just the opposite! And just because the DA/SA metal pistol may be out of fashion with a lot of folks doesn’t mean it has to be for you as well.HISTORY OF THE M9Here’s a fun fact: Beretta is the oldest firearms manufacturer still making guns today. Originally located in Val Trompia, an iron mine located in Italy, the first documented transaction from Beretta was in 1526.