Attack on a major Saudi oil facility originated from Iran, U.S. intelligence indicatesAction.News ABC Action News Santa Barbara Calgary WestNet-HD Weather Traffic

Home WestNet.ca WebMail

              

Attack on a major Saudi oil facility originated from Iran, U.S. intelligence indicates


Posted: Wed-Oct-2019



American intelligence indicates that the attack on a major Saudi oil facility originated from Iran, three people familiar with the intelligence told NBC News.

Headlines:
Republicans storm secure room during closed-door impeachment deposition
USA-TRUMP/WHISTLEBLOWER

Republicans managed to bring the U.S. House Democrats' impeachment investigation to a halt on Wednesday as around two dozen Republican House members stormed into a closed-door deposition.

... read more


Lebanon's religious leaders back protests against corruption, as demonstrations grow
Lebanon protests

Anti-government rallies in Lebanon received major support Wednesday from the country's Christian and Muslim leaders who described the weeklong protests as "a historic and exceptional popular uprising" against corruption and mismanagement and appealed to the government to meet the demands of the people.

... read more


Trump says Turkey ceasefire in northern Syria permanent, lifts sanctions
1177747852

U.S. President Donald Trump says he's lifting sanctions on Turkey after determining a ceasefire in northern Syria is permanent.

... read more


Israeli ex-army chief Benny Gantz given mandate to form next government
Benny Gantz, Israel

Israel's former military chief, Benny Gantz, was tasked Wednesday with forming the next government, but he has few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

... read more


Bolivia's Evo Morales claims 'coup d'état' underway as election count nears end
Bolivian leader Evo Morales

Bolivian leader Evo Morales repeats his claim of victory in a Sunday presidential election and accuses the opposition of trying to orchestrate a coup after mass opposition-led protests that claim the counting was rigged.

... read more


Eastern European associates of Giuliani plead not guilty to conspiracy charges
lev-igor

Two foreign-born Florida businessmen who helped President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani investigate political rival Joe Biden have pleaded not guilty to illegally funnelling money to a pro-Trump election committee and other politicians.

... read more


Man arrested after 39 found dead in truck trailer in southeast England
essex truck dead

Police found the bodies of 39 people inside a Bulgarian-registered truck trailer at an industrial park east of London Wednesday.

... read more


FDA wants stronger warning on breast implants about risks
Breast implant

U.S. health officials want women getting breast implants to receive stronger warnings and more details about the possible risks and complications.

... read more


Tesla posts surprise quarterly profit on record deliveries, shares jump
Earns Tesla

Tesla Inc. on Wednesday surprised investors by posting a profitable third quarter, boosted by record deliveries, cost cuts and improved production schedules for its new electric vehicle model, causing shares to soar in after-market trading.

... read more


California power company begins new round of blackouts, trying to prevent wildfires
California Wildfires

California's largest utility has begun widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people as dangerous fire weather returns to California.

... read more


Iraq violated human rights in protest crackdowns that left 149 dead, UN report finds
IRAQ-PROTEST/

Iraqi authorities committed serious human rights violations and abuses in their response to a wave of anti-government protests earlier this month that saw 149 civilians killed, the United Nations said.

... read more


Trump could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and walk free, lawyer argues
U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer told a federal appeals court on Wednesday that the president does not have to hand over his tax returns to state prosecutors because he is immune from criminal investigation ⁠— including if he were to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

... read more


Trump administration sues California over cap-and-trade deal with Quebec
Climate Que 20111215

Quebec finds itself in the middle of a quickly escalating legal battle waged by the Trump administration against the state of California and its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

... read more


Boeing costs for 737 Max jump, profit drops 51% in 3rd quarter
ETHIOPIA-AIRLINE/FAA

Boeing signals that it is close to completing its fix to the 737 Max and still expects it to be approved to fly before the end of the year. Boeing reported that third-quarter earnings fell 51 per cent.

... read more


Belgian Paralympian chooses to end own life after battle with incurable spinal disease
Olympics Vervoort Death

Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort died by euthanasia on Tuesday aged 40 after a battle with an incurable and degenerative spinal condition which she described after winning her medals as becoming harder and harder to bear.

... read more


Putin looks to expand influence in Africa, hosts massive summit with leaders
Russia Africa

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders for the first-ever Russia-Africa summit, reflecting Moscow's new push to expand its clout on the continent and saying there is "enormous potential for growth."

... read more


Hong Kong government withdraws bill that sparked protests
HONGKONG-PROTESTS/CARRIE LAM

Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday withdrew an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests that have since morphed into a campaign for greater democratic change.

... read more


Google says it has achieved 'quantum supremacy' computing milestone
SWISS-BUSINESS/

Google said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years.

... read more


Brexit back in chaos after Johnson loses vote in Parliament to speed up ratification
BRITAIN-EU/PARLIAMENT

Britain's departure from the European Union was thrown into chaos on Tuesday after Parliament rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's extremely tight timetable for ratifying his exit deal.

... read more


The Rise of Skywalker trailer and the battle for the soul of Star Wars
Daisy Ridley / Rey

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suggest the franchise is still caught in the tractor beam of nostalgia as director J.J. Abrams attempts to move the sci-fi series forward.

... read more


Kmart Pulls 'Beyond Inappropriate' Children's Costume From Shelves After Petition
Australian Kmart stores removed this child bride costume after outcry from some disgusted parents. Now, other parents are petitioning to get it back. ... read more


Driver Chases Spider Inside Car, Causes Horrific Crash
Luckily, only minor injuries were suffered in the smash in Derbyshire, England. ... read more


Mother Acquitted For Buying Abortion Pills After Northern Ireland Law Change
“I am so thankful that the change in the law will allow other women and girls to deal with matters like this privately in their own family circle.” ... read more


Russia Warns Syrian Kurdish YPG Must Pull Back Or Face Turkish Army
The Kremlin also said the United States had been the closest ally of the Kurdish fighters but had now betrayed them. ... read more


39 Bodies Found In Truck Container In Southeast England
A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. ... read more


Hong Kong Legislature Withdraws Extradition Bill That Sparked Months Of Unrest
Pulling the bill met one of the five demands made by pro-democracy protesters. ... read more


Canada's Right-Wing Populist, Anti-Immigrant Party Got Crushed
The People's Party of Canada failed to win a single seat in Monday's election. ... read more


Boris Johnson's Brexit Plan In Tatters As Parliament Rips Up Timetable
The British prime minister had desperately wanted to steer the U.K. out of the European Union by Halloween. ... read more


Justin Trudeau's Liberals Set To Survive Canada's Election, Projections Show
Canadians voted in one of the closest and most contentious election campaigns the country has seen in decades. ... read more


Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin To Attend Saudi Conference A Year After Khashoggi Murder
The Treasury secretary backed out last year amid controversy surrounding the Saudi journalist's disappearance. ... read more


Greta Thunberg Mural Vandalized Days After Appearing: 'This Is Oil Country'
The Canadian artist who created it is asking for the public to focus "that anger and fear into making large scale change" instead. ... read more


Benjamin Netanyahu Passes Up Mandate To Form A New Government
The Israeli prime minister says he has given up and is returning the mandate back to President Reuven Rivlin. ... read more


Canada Votes In Election That Could Be The End For Justin Trudeau
Polls indicate Trudeau's Liberal Party could lose to the rival Conservatives or win, but fail to get a majority of seats in Parliament. ... read more


Kurds Confront Exiting U.S. Troops In Syria With Heartbreaking Signs
Kurdish civilians showed they were crushed by the betrayal of President Donald Trump's withdrawal of American forces from Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion. ... read more


U.S. At 'Risk Of Losing Leadership’ On Global Stage, IMF Chief Warns In Candid Interview
Christine Lagarde, IMF’s outgoing chairwoman, offered financial advice to President Donald Trump — and warned of the risks of nationalism and wall-building. ... read more


It's Another Decisive Week In Brexit: What Happens Now?
Boris Johnson has been forced to ask the EU for a delay. His deal can still be passed, but the clock is ticking. ... read more


Lebanon PM Hariri Agrees To Reform Package Amid Massive Nationwide Protests
Hundreds of thousands of people have been flooding the country's streets since Thursday in protest of the government's handling of a crippling economic crisis. ... read more


Turkey Says Soldier Killed Amid Kurd Pullout, Cease-Fire In Syria
Both sides have accused each other of repeatedly violating the U.S.-brokered cease-fire. ... read more


Qantas Completes Historic Test Of Longest Nonstop Passenger Flight
It took Flight QF7879, which connected New York to Sydney, 19 hours and 16 minutes to complete its 10,066-mile journey. ... read more


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Sends Unsigned Letter To EU Seeking Brexit Delay
He also sent a contradictory note -- this one signed -- to the EU president arguing against a Brexit extension. ... read more


Essex lorry deaths: Police continue to question lorry driver
Police carry out raids on two houses and target "organised crime groups" which may have played a part. ... read more


Leonardo da Vinci five centuries on: Louvre in Paris opens long-awaited exhibition
An exhibition at the Louvre museum in Paris promises to expose more than meets the naked eye. ... read more


UK government denies division over Brexit plans
There are reports of splits over whether to call for an election or focus on getting a deal approved. ... read more


Messi breaks record in Barca win over Slavia
Lionel Messi becomes the first player to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons as Barcelona claim a narrow win at Slavia Prague. ... read more


Floods in Southern Europe: Dead and missing in Spain and Italy
Torrential rain in Spain, Italy and France leaves people dead or missing. ... read more


Turkey Syria offensive: Russia deploys troops to border
The movement is the first stage in a Turkey-Russia deal to remove Kurdish forces. ... read more


Spanish women footballers vote to strike over pay
Almost 200 women in Spain's first division support action in a disagreement over pay and conditions. ... read more


Ajax 0-1 Chelsea: Michy Batshuayi's late goal secures superb win for Blues
Michy Batshuayi climbs off the bench to score a late winner at Ajax as Chelsea stun last year's Champions League semi-finalists at the Johan Cruyff Arena. ... read more


Norway ambulance hijack: Oslo rampage leaves three hurt
Three people - including baby twins - were injured after the emergency vehicle careered into them. ... read more


N Irish footballer scores outrageous backheel
Shayne Lavery scores a sublime backheel goal en route to scoring a hat-trick as Linfield charge into a four-goal lead against Warrenpoint Town in the Irish Premiership. ... read more


Belgian Paralympian ends life through euthanasia
Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort ends her own life through euthanasia at the age of 40. ... read more


Danish Rubjerg lighthouse moved inland on skates
For 120 years, it was perched on a Danish sand dune but coastal erosion threatened its future. ... read more


Essex lorry deaths: What we know
A murder investigation is launched after 39 people are found dead in a lorry container in the UK. ... read more


Mario Draghi: His legacy after eight tumultuous years at the ECB
The European Central Bank president has been cast as a hero and villain during his eight years. ... read more


The African-Italians who want to send migrants home
The migration of Africans to Italy has inflamed politics in the country and complicated life for black Italians. ... read more


Marieke Vervoort: Tribute to a Paralympian
BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Eleanor Oldroyd reflects on her time with Paralympian Marieke Vervoort, who has ended her life through euthanasia at age of 40. ... read more


Brexit: Europe press sigh over 'unbelievably dragging process'
European newspapers see little likelihood of the UK leaving the EU by 31 October. ... read more


Franco exhumation: Why is Spain moving a dictator's remains?
Franco's burial site has long been the subject of debate. Here's why the saga could end this week. ... read more


Turkey: Which countries export arms to Turkey?
Some European countries have suspended arms sales to Turkey, so where does it gets its weapons? ... read more


Inside Bosnia’s 'nightmare' camp for migrants trying to enter the EU
Aid agencies are warning of a humanitarian disaster in Bosnia, with people facing a winter without proper accommodation. ... read more


Police were cracking cold cases with a DNA website. Then the fine print changed.
“There are cases that won’t get solved or will take longer to solve,” a Florida law enforcement official said. ... read more


Will Trump shut down the government to fight impeachment?
Analysis: Washington is bracing for the prospect that president may seek to let funding lapse in a bid to blame Democrats. ... read more


Latest charge against Lori Loughlin likely a strategy to induce plea talks
Analysis: By now, the parents and defendants who initially planned to go to trial may be rethinking their decisions as the potential sentences increase. ... read more


Massive blackouts could become a way of life in California
As PG&E begins a second round of fire-safety power shutoffs, it warns a third, bigger blackout could be needed as soon as the weekend. ... read more


Rep. Katie Hill being investigated by House over alleged relationship with staffer
The California Democrat admitted to having a relationship with someone on her campaign, but denied allegations of an affair with a member of her staff. ... read more


Auto-brewery syndrome caused man to produce alcohol in his gut, act drunk
As strange as it sounds, experts believe the condition may be under-diagnosed. ... read more


'No quid pro quo?' How Trump hopes to trick America into 'exonerating' him (again)
Trump is trying to use the same trick he used during the Mueller investigation to avoid impeachment. And it could work again — unless people keep focused on what matters. ... read more


Senators advance bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing
“A CO detector is not a luxury accessory for well-to-do homeowners. It should be a basic life-saving necessity," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said. ... read more


Fired NYPD officer in Eric Garner's chokehold death sues to get job back
Pantaleo filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the department alleging that decision to terminate him was "arbitrary and capricious," according to his lawyer. ... read more


Google employees worry software tweak threatens to silence dissent
The company says the change is simply an effort to improve its employee calendar system. ... read more


AOC asks Zuckerberg: How much could I lie about the GOP on Facebook?
During a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the platform’s recent decision to allow politicians to run ads that contain false or misleading information. ... read more


This is how Putin and Erdogan have redrawn northeastern Syria
Analysis: The deal is another blow for Syrian Kurds who want greater self-rule. ... read more


MSNBC names four renowned female journalists as moderators for November debate
The two-hour Democratic faceoff will take place on Nov. 20 in Georgia. ... read more


Arm wrestling champion arrested for allegedly peddling bogus cancer cure
Jason Vale allegedly raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars claiming "Apricots from God" was keeping his aggressive kidney cancer at bay. ... read more


Man charged with spraying bear repellent on anti-Trump protesters at Santa Monica Pier
Video of the incident shows a man spraying protesters at an anti-Trump rally during a scuffle on the famous pier on Saturday. ... read more


Comcast executive sues company alleging anti-gay discrimination
A senior vice president at the media giant claimed he was denied equal pay and passed over for promotions due to his sexual orientation. ... read more


Bruce Lee's studio in L.A.'s Chinatown has reopened
“It's a landmark. The teaching, philosophy, and mindset of Bruce Lee have influenced people and martial arts around the world for decades," studio owner Eric Carr said. ... read more


Craving fall baked goods? Try this easy pumpkin muffin recipe
This 30-minute recipe packs all of the autumn flavors you love into a treat under 200 calories. ... read more


Judge tells State Dept. to begin producing Ukraine records
The documents were requested by an ethics watchdog that is investigating the administration. ... read more


Fired lesbian guidance counselor sues Indianapolis archdiocese
Shelly Fitzgerald is at least the third gay former employee of an Indianapolis Catholic school to sue the city's archdiocese this year. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_40/3031511/190930-dna-policing-main-kh_7b253c3b2459655f821639e2ee6222d5.jpg
Police were cracking cold cases with a DNA website. Then the fine print changed.
“There are cases that won’t get solved or will take longer to solve,” a Florida law enforcement official said. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3065301/191022-donald-trump-cs-1019p_f1287db05a5ef6c337572355b200b026.jpg
Will Trump shut down the government to fight impeachment?
Analysis: Washington is bracing for the prospect that president may seek to let funding lapse in a bid to blame Democrats. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066366/191023-lori-loughlin-se-456p_aec504263f4a251e1df4d2bcc9552c8a.jpg
Latest charge against Lori Loughlin likely a strategy to induce plea talks
Analysis: By now, the parents and defendants who initially planned to go to trial may be rethinking their decisions as the potential sentences increase. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066656/191023-power-company-worker-california-ac-817p_38a157149c7d71225d79d2001fb1b1a3.jpg
Massive blackouts could become a way of life in California
As PG&E begins a second round of fire-safety power shutoffs, it warns a third, bigger blackout could be needed as soon as the weekend. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066666/191023-katie-hill-investigation-ac-831p_71e7fbbb887f41394133c561d81d4038.jpg
Rep. Katie Hill being investigated by House over alleged relationship with staffer
The California Democrat admitted to having a relationship with someone on her campaign, but denied allegations of an affair with a member of her staff. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_22/2874711/190529-craft-beer-mc-1026_16b19b23e27cd02ec1f2f14e43c2671c.JPG
Auto-brewery syndrome caused man to produce alcohol in his gut, act drunk
As strange as it sounds, experts believe the condition may be under-diagnosed. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066081/191023-volodymyr-zelenskiy-donald-trump-ew-310p_ca8fe07a9c596fa30df26de55e53fc79.jpg
'No quid pro quo?' How Trump hopes to trick America into 'exonerating' him (again)
Trump is trying to use the same trick he used during the Mueller investigation to avoid impeachment. And it could work again — unless people keep focused on what matters. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066241/191023-carbon-monoxide-2x1-cs-347p_3c3d51823c46b3d54153f2a87ab65860.jpg
Senators advance bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing
“A CO detector is not a luxury accessory for well-to-do homeowners. It should be a basic life-saving necessity," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_34/2957491/190802-daniel-pantaleo-al-1241_760d18e018263379f358cb01239c3e4a.jpg
Fired NYPD officer in Eric Garner's chokehold death sues to get job back
Pantaleo filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the department alleging that decision to terminate him was "arbitrary and capricious," according to his lawyer. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_42/3052711/191015-google-al-1139_847a446ebe9668733ae671206ee70656.jpg
Google employees worry software tweak threatens to silence dissent
The company says the change is simply an effort to improve its employee calendar system. ... read more


AOC asks Zuckerberg: How much could I lie about the GOP on Facebook?
During a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the platform’s recent decision to allow politicians to run ads that contain false or misleading information. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3064806/191023-turkey-syria-mc-11452_a11cf2f0987ad10e3bdc6d53216d824f.JPG
This is how Putin and Erdogan have redrawn northeastern Syria
Analysis: The deal is another blow for Syrian Kurds who want greater self-rule. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066391/191023-ashley-parker-kristen-welker-rachel-maddow-andrea-mitchell-4up-2x1-diagonal-ac-509p_9bb00434a7905ad53215217b12fbca45.jpg
MSNBC names four renowned female journalists as moderators for November debate
The two-hour Democratic faceoff will take place on Nov. 20 in Georgia. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066356/191023-apricots-se-450p_867906c8698fb6d993bc3445cbdd1f3e.jpg
Arm wrestling champion arrested for allegedly peddling bogus cancer cure
Jason Vale allegedly raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars claiming "Apricots from God" was keeping his aggressive kidney cancer at bay. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066801/191023-man-bear-repellant-santa-monica-ac-937p_2c1c6994d814bf7e84b02ee8ab1da6a5.jpg
Man charged with spraying bear repellent on anti-Trump protesters at Santa Monica Pier
Video of the incident shows a man spraying protesters at an anti-Trump rally during a scuffle on the famous pier on Saturday. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2018_19/2424651/180507-comcast-ac-1152p_4789efa8afed069d90f1df1c84a54c4c.jpg
Comcast executive sues company alleging anti-gay discrimination
A senior vice president at the media giant claimed he was denied equal pay and passed over for promotions due to his sexual orientation. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066001/191023-bruce-lee-al-1410_e1c605f3c54a89e35b976e38cffc08af.jpg
Bruce Lee's studio in L.A.'s Chinatown has reopened
“It's a landmark. The teaching, philosophy, and mindset of Bruce Lee have influenced people and martial arts around the world for decades," studio owner Eric Carr said. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3065961/191023-pumpkin-muffins-stock-cs-145p_0232455902765a3234f0468585ebd8ba.jpg
Craving fall baked goods? Try this easy pumpkin muffin recipe
This 30-minute recipe packs all of the autumn flavors you love into a treat under 200 calories. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066271/191023-mike-pompeo-se-400p_b3f5cfbed187122c8a448f4ea41ee3aa.jpg
Judge tells State Dept. to begin producing Ukraine records
The documents were requested by an ethics watchdog that is investigating the administration. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3065651/191023-shelly-fitzgerald-al-1220_9ab4edd38cdbb2ec53115d30839daee6.jpg
Fired lesbian guidance counselor sues Indianapolis archdiocese
Shelly Fitzgerald is at least the third gay former employee of an Indianapolis Catholic school to sue the city's archdiocese this year. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3066041/191023-drivers-license-center-ew-251p_b4b7f978152dc59261f06951db28ae62.jpghttps://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3065291/191023-national-memorial-peace-justice-al-1010_665b6847ba37aed2bf918cc6fd7c8d47.jpghttps://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3063761/191022-2x1-larry-simmons-ew-1214p_7940be15e9368bf9fda2790524f4df6c.jpghttps://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3065916/191023-boy-reading-al-_9a058d19f68f73951cc67ce4cef9ba53.jpghttps://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/2217856/171101-disneyland-california-castle-ew-146p_fe49b3bcae6247e48252e3f0b4bdc608.jpg