Amanda Fischer hugs her daughter, Sally Fischer during a memorial service at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area for their friend Larry Daniel Kaufman who was killed during a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center on December 5, 2015 in Irwindale, California. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP President Barack Obama will make a rare primetime address to the nation Sunday laying out how he will keep Americans safe and defeat the Islamic State group, days after 14 people were shot dead in California. Obama declared Saturday that the United States "will not be terrorized," as IS praised the couple behind a mass shooting in San Bernardino as "soldiers" of its self-proclaimed caliphate. "We are Americans. We will uphold our values -- a free and open society," Obama said in his weekly radio address. Investigators are combing over evidence and looking into the background of Syed Farook, 28, and his 29-year-old Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik, the pair who opened fire at a social services … [Read more...] about Obama to make primetime address after California attack
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SAN BERNARDINO, United States —An American-born Muslim who along with his wife gunned down 14 people in California may have been radicalized and was in contact with known terrorism suspects, reports said on Thursday. FBI agents have taken charge of the investigation into Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernardino and were combing through evidence, including cell phones and a computer hard drive, to determine what prompted Syed Farook, 28, and his 27-year-old Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik to carry out the rampage that also left 21 people wounded. Law enforcement officials quoted by The New York Times said the FBI was treating the shooting as a potential terrorist act, but the agency was far from concluding it was. CNN, quoting officials, also said Farook was in contact with known terror suspects overseas and had become radicalized after marrying Malik in Saudi Arabia last year, although an imam at a local mosque he attended said Farook showed no signs of that. President … [Read more...] about Radicalized’ California shooter had terror ties: reports
Editor's Note: Cathy Truong is a Vietnamese American who spent two years living in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. She submitted this story to Tuoitrenews from Vancouver, Canada, where she now lives. Truong discusses the issue of expats using sexual services in the southern city based on the personal experiences she amassed during her stay in Vietnam. Within a few months of moving to Ho Chi Minh City, I was surprised to find out about the large number of male expats and travelers alike that pay for commercial sex in the city. When I was in the US, within the Vietnamese community, I would sometimes hear about how men would go back to Vietnam to choi gai, an expression with sexual undertones meaning 'playing with the women.' It wasn't until I came to Saigon that I understood how readily available sex is and how frequently the men like to play. I found out about these rarely spoken of services from many of my male friends, who were willing to trust me enough to open up about their sex … [Read more...] about Why do city expats pay for sexual services?
Relentless wildfires forcing the largest evacuations in California's modern history raged into a fourth day Wednesday as 10,000 exhausted firefighters hoped for a break in the hot winds whipping the flames. With half a million people driven from their homes, 1,000 houses already lost and some 470 square miles scorched across the southern half of the state, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's government has put economic losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars. A San Diego wild fire evacuee rests at a large evacuation center set up at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego … [Read more...] about California’s wildfires rage into fourth day
Your say (27-02-2009) Joint effort needed to curb prejudice, encourage men to use social services Last week we asked if readers think discrimination and stigma are reasons why only 10 per cent of MSM (men who have sex with men) in Viet Nam use public health services. We also asked what readers think should be done to change that. These are some of the answers we received. Nguyen Chung Tai, Ha Noi HIV carrier I'm not surprised by these numbers because the real numbers are always more than those published in reports by the UN or other organisations. … [Read more...] about Joint effort needed to curb prejudice, encourage men to use social services