The Taliban has codenamed their offensive "operation Mansoori" referring to their leader Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor who was killed in a US drone strike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border previous year, they said in a statement. The bomb is the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US, and killed several dozen militants. That service member's wounds are not considered life threatening.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the group hoped Haniyeh's election "would see opening to the region". Haniya is a onetime Palestinian prime minister based in Gaza - which the group has controlled for 10 years. The new manifesto emphasized that Hamas is first and foremost a Palestinian movement - an effort to distance itself from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and improve ties with the government in Cairo.
Trump came under criticism earlier Monday following comments he made to The Washington Examiner's Salena Zito . "[Trump] told me a year and a half ago or - a year ago - that, you know, he thought he could have done a deal to have averted the [Civil] War", Meacham said .
In a statement quoted by the Interfax news agency, the Ukrainian Security Service said it had "resolved to ban the said individual from entering Ukraine for a five-year period". Gerard Depardieu also became a Russian citizen and got blacklisted in Ukraine after he left France for Russia because of a tax dispute with the French government.
Claiming an alleged plot by US and South Korean intelligence agencies to assassinate Kim Jong-Un, North Korea vowed to "ferret out" and destroy "CIA terrorists". The commentary specifically targeted the People's Daily and the Global Times - two Chinese publications that Kim says are "widely known as media speaking for the official stand of the Chinese party and government" - for recent stories that have been critical of North Korea's nuclear program.
There was a spate of breakouts in 2013, including one where about 150 prisoners - including terror convicts - escaped from a jail. Police installed road blocks around the city as a huge manhunt was launched. Comr. Police escort escapees following riots at the prison on May 5. The inmates escaped the prison in protest at the overcapacity problem in Sialang Bungkuk Penitentiary, which has only 361 cells to accommodate 1,800 inmates.