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Freed Hostage Says Haqqani Kidnappers Killed His Infant Daughter

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 14, 2017 - 8:40am

Former hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter and raped his American wife during the five years they were held in captivity.

The Latest: US says deal reached to evacuate Syria's Raqqa

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 14, 2017 - 7:27am

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

Groom Reduced to Tears as He Sees Bride Walking Down the Aisle in Her Wedding Dress

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 14, 2017 - 7:01am

"I've never seen him cry like that," bride Ashleigh said.

Ranking The Best Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 14, 2017 - 5:59am

Netflix has become that friend who just won’t stop proposing outlandish new ideas.

Canadian hostage reveals captors murdered his daughter and raped his wife during Afghan kidnapping

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 14, 2017 - 3:16am

A US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week almost five years after being kidnapped have returned to Canada  where the husband revealed one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped by their captors. American Caitlan Coleman, 31, and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, 34, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. Pakistani troops rescued the family in the northwest of the country, near the Afghan border, on Wednesday. The US has long accused Pakistan of failing to fight the Haqqani group. An emotional Mr Boyle speaks to the media following his family's dramatic rescue on Wednesday. Credit: REUTERS/Mark Blinch  "The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani network in the kidnapping of a pilgrim ... was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorising the murder of my infant daughter," Mr Boyle told reporters in a statement at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. "And the stupidity and evil of the subsequent rape of my wife, not as a lone action, but by one guard, but assisted by the captain of the guard and supervised by the commandant." He did not elaborate on what he meant by "pilgrim", or on the murder or rape. Ms Coleman, who is from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and their three children who were all born in captivity, were not at the news conference. Caitlin Coleman, Joshua Boyle and two of their children during their time in captivity Credit: Reuters "Obviously, it will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home," Mr Boyle added. Mr Boyle said the Taliban, who he referred to by their official name - the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - had carried out an investigation last year and conceded that the crimes against his family were perpetrated by the Haqqani network. Joshua Boyle at Pearson Toronto International Airport revealed his wife had been raped and his daughter murdered by their captors Credit: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP He called on the Taliban "to provide my family with the justice we are owed". "God willing, this litany of stupidity will be the epitaph of the Haqqani network," he said. His statement came after Ms Coleman's parents revealed they were furious with their son-in-law for taking their pregnant daughter to Afghanistan.  Patrick and Linda Boyle outside their home in Smith Falls, Ontario Credit: The Canadian Press via AP "Taking your pregnant wife to a very dangerous place, to me, and the kind of person I am, is unconscionable," Coleman's father, Jim, told ABC News.  Linda Boyle said she had spoken to her son three times since his release. “I have not wiped the smile off of my face,” she said. Mr Boyle revealed dramatic details of their rescue to his family in phone calls. The five of them were crammed into the boot of the kidnappers’ car when a deadly shoot-out forced it to a halt. Five of the captors were shot dead by the Pakistani army and Mr Boyle suffered minor shrapnel wounds, he told his parents. An unknown number of the kidnappers, believed to be from the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, fled on foot. One of the three children was in poor health and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers, Mr Boyle told reporters. A still image from a militant video taken in 2013 showing Caitlan Coleman and her husband Joshua. Credit: Coleman family via AP “He knows who the people are and he wants to make sure that they’re all prosecuted,” said Ms Boyle. She added that her son views the Pakistani Army as “heroes” for securing the family’s freedom. In a video posted by the Toronto Star, Mr Boyle’s father Patrick expressed the couple’s “profound thanks for the courageous Pakistani soldiers who risked their lives and got all five out safely in the rescue.” Ms Boyle said she had yet to know the full horror endured by her son and daughter-in-law endured since they were kidnapped in early October 2012 when they crossed into Afghanistan during a backpacking trip through Central Asia. “They were held the entire time in an underground prison,” Ms Boyle said that Josh told her during one of their phone calls on Thursday. The couple's two sons aged four and two were born during the couple's time in captivity. Mr Boyle helped deliver the second boy, said Ms Boyle. There is also a baby girl, who was either born two months ago – as Mr Boyle told his mother – or four months ago, as her Canadian passport reads. “But maybe when you’re kept in an underground prison, you have no sense of time,” said Ms Boyle. She said the reunited family would live together in their three-bedroom home in the Ottawa area. The operation to free the family has raised fresh questions about Pakistan’s relationship with militant groups and whether any deal was done. North Americans held hostage by Taliban freed by Pakistan 01:11 Donald Trump’s administration has increased pressure on the country’s security forces to disavow groups such as the Haqqani network which it has used in the past to hold influence in neighbouring Afghanistan. Michael Kugelman, a South Asia specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, said: "I don't think it's a coincidence that this hostage release was announced when you have a parade of top Trump administration officials in Islamabad to deliver strongly worded warnings to Pakistan.” For his part, Mr Trump credited Pakistan for “working in conjunction” with the US government in securing the release of the Boyle-Coleman family. Ms Boyle said she was unsure “what role Canada played” in extricating her son and his young family from captivity. On Thursday morning, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement in which she said that Canada “has been actively engaged” with the US, Afghan and Pakistani governments, but later told reporters that she was “not at liberty to describe the circumstances” of the family’s release. “We were not on the inside of anything and were pretty much kept in the dark,” said Ms Boyle.

Nelly rape accuser wants to stop investigation because she believes 'the system is going to fail her'

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 14, 2017 - 2:23am

A woman who accused US rapper Nelly of sexual assault has asked police to stop their investigation, her lawyer has said. Lawyer Karen Koehler posted a letter on her website saying the woman “is telling Auburn Police Department and the King County Prosecutor's Office to put a halt on the investigation of Cornell Iral Haynes Jr”, the real name of the rapper. It goes on to say she will not testify in criminal proceedings against him, saying the woman “wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her” and she “wants this to end”.

Five arrested in Georgia, including two law enforcement officers, over 1983 murder

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 9:23pm

The body of Timothy Coggins, 23, was found on Oct. 9, 1983, in a grassy area near power lines in the community of Sunnyside, about 30 miles (48 km) south of downtown Atlanta. Investigators spoke to people who knew Coggins, but the investigation went cold, Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said at a news conference.

Republican Senator Corker blasts Trump for 'castrating' Tillerson

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 8:47pm

U.S. Republican Senator Bob Corker stepped up his public feud with Donald Trump on Friday, saying the U.S. president's undermining of his top diplomat was like castrating him in public. Corker told the Washington Post in an interview that Trump had undercut Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's efforts to enlist China in reining in North Korea's nuclear program by denigrating the diplomat. "You cannot publicly castrate your own secretary of state" without limiting the options for dealing with North Korea, Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, told the Post.

New Orleans chief: Officer killed during struggle

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 6:25pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans police officer was fatally shot Friday during a struggle after he and his patrol team left their cars to investigate something suspicious shortly after midnight. Other officers returned fire, wounding a suspect who eventually surrendered to a SWAT team, police said.

Mattis urging Iraqi, Kurdish forces to avoid conflict

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 5:16pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday urged Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to focus on defeating the Islamic State group and not fight each other, as tensions spiked in the disputed region around Kirkuk.

The Latest: Couple who survived 6 days in Utah say

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 5:16pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on couple who survived six days in a remote part of southern Utah (all times local):

3rd arrest made in beating of black man at Virginia rally

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 3:47pm

A third person has been arrested in the August beating of a black man at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, authorities said Wednesday.

Teen Scares The Bejesus Out Of Neighbor With Her 'Creepy Window'

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 3:15pm

It looked like something supernatural is happening in Kellie Burkhart’s bedroom window.

Trump Can't Extend DACA. He Already Killed It.

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 3:02pm

WASHINGTON ― It might have seemed like there was a glimmer of hope for young undocumented immigrants on Thursday, when Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said President Donald Trump told him he would extend a deadline for Congress to act on deportation protections for so-called “Dreamers” if lawmakers failed to do so by March 5, 2018.

Do You Still Not Know What Fenty Means?

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 2:35pm

She’s the ball-gown-with-sneakers-wearing crooner of catchy tunes we all know and love.

Las Vegas sheriff, in emotional press conference, admits he's still searching for answers

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 2:31pm

In the nearly two weeks since Stephen Paddock rained gunfire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has become the face of the ongoing investigation.

'Welcome to Key West' sign found 300 miles away a month after Hurricane Irma

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 1:15pm

Just about a month after Hurricane Irma blew through Florida, everyone will know Key West is "Paradise USA" once again. The iconic "Welcome to Key West" sign was found 300 miles away from its home on Thursday in Fort Meyers Beach, according to the Miami Herald.  SEE ALSO: Hemingway's six-toed cats may have eight lives after Hurricane Irma The friendly greeting to the popular vacation destination off U.S. Route 1 went missing in the midst of the storm, which made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sept.10.  WINK News reports that an unidentified couple dropped it off at the Key West Express docking station on Thursday morning. Crew members at the dock loaded it onto a boat to ship it back home. The famous “Welcome to Key West” sign went missing after Hurricane Irma. It’s just been found! Dropped off @KeyWestExpress this morning — John Trierweiler (@JohnTrierweiler) October 12, 2017 In the meantime, locals have made do with a hand-painted sign welcoming visitors to "Paradise." Original Key west sign found in Fort Myers yesterday is back home! The temporary still hangs in its place welcoming people to “Paradise USA” — John Trierweiler (@JohnTrierweiler) October 13, 2017 Hurricane Irma hit Florida as a large Category 4 storm. It was so wide and powerful that both the east and west coasts of the state experienced hurricane-force winds (with a peak gust of 142 miles per hour), as well as coastal flooding, and heavy rain. It was one of the strongest storms to ever hit Florida's southwest coast.  WATCH: This is how hurricanes are named

Here's Why Some Black Women Aren't Here For #WomenBoycottTwitter

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 1:05pm

When Twitter temporarily suspended actress Rose McGowan’s account on Thursday (reportedly due to violating rules), some women on Twitter responded with a boycott.

Rose McGowan Says Harvey Weinstein Raped Her

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - October 13, 2017 - 12:54pm

Rose McGowan has now accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.