offensive

BEIRUT | Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths

BEIRUT— The U.S.-led coalition’s failure to adequately acknowledge and investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is “a slap in the face for survivors” trying to rebuild their lives a year after the offensive to oust the Islamic State group, a prominent rights group said Friday. At a news conference in the Lebanese … Continue reading BEIRUT | Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths

NEW YORK | Franklin’s family says eulogy was offensive and distasteful

NEW YORK— The late Aretha Franklin’s family says it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The singer’s nephew Vaughn Franklin said Monday that the family was taken by surprise at the Reverend Jasper Williams Jr.’s words. There was heavy social media criticism … Continue reading NEW YORK | Franklin’s family says eulogy was offensive and distasteful

BEIRUT | Syria rebels destroy bridges in anticipation of offensive

BEIRUT — Syrian opposition fighters blew up bridges Friday linking areas they control to government-held territories in northwestern Syria in anticipation of a military offensive against their last stronghold in the country, activists and a war monitor said. The explosions rocked the area in al-Ghab plains, south of idlib and came after rebels detected government … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syria rebels destroy bridges in anticipation of offensive

English FA head rebuked for ‘offensive’ Star of David remark

/March 4, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn highlighted the Star of David among the symbols he believes breach soccer laws banning religious and political imagery, a reference that has drawn criticism from the country’s Jewish community. The Jewish Leadership Council, which is led by a former FA executive, said Glenn’s comment … Continue reading English FA head rebuked for ‘offensive’ Star of David remark

US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

JAKARTA, Indonesia/January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Turkey’s air and ground offensive against Kurds in northwestern Syria has distracted from international efforts to finish off the Islamic State group and has disrupted humanitarian relief work, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis raised the matter in an exchange with reporters after unrelated meetings in the Indonesia capital … Continue reading US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

Turkey says Syria offensive ‘de facto’ underway

ANKARA, Turkey/January 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Turkey’s defense minister said Friday there is no turning back from his country’s decision to launch a ground assault on a Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria, saying the offensive had “de facto” started with the sporadic Turkish military shelling of the area. Nurettin Canikli told Turkey’s A Haber television in … Continue reading Turkey says Syria offensive ‘de facto’ underway

Bears hire ex-Oregon coach Helfrich as offensive coordinator

LAKE FOREST, Ill/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Chicago Bears have hired former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator. The Bears also announced Friday that Chris Tabor will become special teams coordinator and Charles London will take over as running backs coach. Helfrich led Oregon to a 37-16 record in four seasons as head coach. … Continue reading Bears hire ex-Oregon coach Helfrich as offensive coordinator