Iraqi State TV Says Islamic State’s Second-In-Command Has Been Killed

BAGHDAD, April 1 (Reuters) – Ayad al-Jumaili, the man believed to be the deputy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in an air strike, Iraqi State TV said on Saturday, citing Iraq?s military intelligence.

Jumaili was killed with other Islamic State commanders in a strike carried out by the Iraqi air force in the region of al-Qaim, near the border with Syria, the channel said, without giving the date of the raid.

The TV described Jumaili as Islamic State?s ?second-in-command? and ?war minister.?

The spokesman of the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition couldn?t immediately be reached for comments.

 

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Stephen Colbert Gives That ’Hi Stranger’ Claymation Video A Donald Trump Twist

As if that ?Hi Stranger? claymation video wasn?t weird enough.

On Friday, the ?Late Show with Stephen Colbert? gave artist Kirsten Lepore?s bizarre clip that swept across the web last week a Donald Trump twist. 

But be warned, you will not be able to unsee the cartoon president whispering sweet nothings to camera. Check out the segment above, and see how it compares to Lepore?s original below:

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Tina Fey Jokes That Trump Gave Up Assaulting Women For Lent At ACLU Event

Tina Fey threw out one-liner after one-liner while co-hosting ?Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU? on Friday night. 

She started out by poking fun at her status as a ?stay-at-home actress? before tossing some burns Donald Trump?s way, notably claiming that the president gave up assaulting women for Lent.

?Earlier tonight, in what is surely an April Fools? joke, the president proclaimed that next month will be National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, so now we know what he gave up for Lent.?

Fey, who mentioned that she had ?gay birds? on her shirt, also said, ?The president and I have two things in common. One, neither of us has any business wearing khakis with a shirt tucked in, and two, we?re both very upset about the amount of fake news out in the world right now. So, don?t let any website tell you that the ACLU stands for Anti Christian Lesbian Underground. It?s the American Christian Lesbian Underground.?

But Trump wasn?t the only member of the administration to be Fey prey. She also made a jab at Vice President Mike Pence.

?Luckily, Mike Pence isn?t allowed to go down and shut Planned Parenthood unless his wife goes with him. So, if we can just keep Karen busy scrapbooking, we can all still get Pap smears.?

Lastly, we?ll end with this additional notable moment from Fey?s monologue:

?Did you know that women still only make one ?Ghostbusters? movie to every two made by men? And men average ?Ocean?s Eleven? for every ?Ocean?s Eight? that goes to women. That is simply unacceptable.?

All hail the Queen, Tina Fey.  

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Firearm-Related Hospitalizations Cost U.S. Billions

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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Somehow Gives Walter White Truthers Hope

Walter White is the one who knocks, but he might not be knocking on heaven?s door just yet.

Following the ?Breaking Bad? finale in 2013, it?d be easy to assume White (Bryan Cranston) was dead, right?

Let?s review the evidence:

In the final episode, we see White remotely fire a machine gun from his car?s trunk into the Neo-Nazi hideout, killing nearly everyone and also apparently injuring himself. He starts bleeding a lot. After telling Lydia (Laura Fraser) over the phone that he poisoned her with ricin and watching Jesse (Aaron Paul) escape, White walks among meth-making equipment and eventually collapses. The final image we?re left with is White, who?s also supposedly already dying of cancer, lying motionless on the ground in blood-soaked clothes as the cops rush in.

To any casual viewer, he?s dead. He?s clearly very dead.

But that?s not enough for theorists.

Since that time, ?Breaking Bad? fans have come up with elaborate (and convincing) theories about how White could?ve survived. One idea explained on The Film Theorists YouTube channel even takes into account the height of the car in which White installed the machine gun.

The video determines that White?s injury is not as bad as we thought; and the police, who were right on the scene, likely ensured that he would survive to face trial. The theory also claims that his cancer (surprisingly) could?ve helped his blood clot better, perhaps saving his life.

If you haven?t seen the video, it?s pretty fantastic:

Then, of course, there?s the fact that Bryan Cranston also fed into the speculation, hinting that White may have survived.

?Hey, you never saw bags zip up or anything,? he teased to CNN. 

Finally, ?Breaking Bad? creator Vince Gilligan had a chance to clear things up on Thursday.

Gilligan participated in a Reddit AMA as a way to promote a contest to join him and Bob Odenkirk at the ?Better Call Saul? Season 3 premiere, benefiting Geffen Playhouse and Autism Speaks.

During the AMA, Gilligan was asked that one big question: ?Is Walter White dead??

His answer? ?Sure looked that way to me.?

Now, to a casual viewer, this might be acceptable. But not to die-hard ?Breaking Bad? fans.

?Looking? dead just isn?t good enough.

One fan even pointed out the literal doctor from ?Arrested Development? as proof that it was a cagey answer.

Another brought back everyone?s favorite ?Westworld? quote.

(Does this mean Walter White is also the Man in Black?)

Is Walter White actually dead? 

Gilligan?s answer may be enough for some, but to others the theory is still alive and well.

We?ll see all you truthers on SaveWalterWhite.com.

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Trump Abandons Commitment To 2-State Solution In Press Conference With Netanyahu

President Donald Trump suggested he was no longer committed to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a joint press conference with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

“I’m looking at two-state and one-state,” Trump said when asked whether he would seek a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that included the creation of a Palestinian state. “And I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like.”

“I can live with either one. I thought for a while that two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two,” Trump said. “But honestly, if Bibi [Netanyahu] and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy ― I’m happy with the one they like the best.”

Trump’s comments could be an indication of a major change in U.S. policy. For almost two decades, Democratic and Republican presidents alike have sought to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution.

The president’s remarks were not entirely unforeseen, however. On Tuesday, a top White House official told Reuters that the administration would let the Israelis and the Palestinians decide whether a solution to the conflict would take the form of a separate Palestinian state.

Trump also appeared to walk back his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I’d love to see that happen,” Trump said of the move. “We’re looking at it very strongly. We’re looking at it with great care.”

This story is developing.

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President Donald Trump suggested he was no longer committed to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a joint press conference with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

“I’m looking at two-state and one-state,” Trump said when asked whether he would seek a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that included the creation of a Palestinian state. “And I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like.”

“I can live with either one. I thought for a while that two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two,” Trump said. “But honestly, if Bibi [Netanyahu] and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy ― I’m happy with the one they like the best.”

Trump’s comments could be an indication of a major change in U.S. policy. For almost two decades, Democratic and Republican presidents alike have sought to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution.

The president’s remarks were not entirely unforeseen, however. On Tuesday, a top White House official told Reuters that the administration would let the Israelis and the Palestinians decide whether a solution to the conflict would take the form of a separate Palestinian state.

Trump also appeared to walk back his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I’d love to see that happen,” Trump said of the move. “We’re looking at it very strongly. We’re looking at it with great care.”

This story is developing.

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