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U.S. NPR reporter and translator killed in suspected Taliban strike
NPR photographer David Gilkey and NPR Afghan translator Zabihullah Tamanna were killed on assignment Sunday in Afghanistan, National Public Radio says. The news network says the two had been traveling with an Afghan army unit near Marjah, in southern Afghanistan when the convoy came under fire and their vehicle was hit by shellfire.
“Taliban are suspected to carry out this attack since the militant group are active in that area,” Major General Mohammad Moheen Faqir says. No group or individual has claimed responsibility yet.
Gilkey’s NPR biography says he worked for them since 2007 as a staff photographer and video editor. Gilkey was named the 2011 Still Photographer of the Year by the White House Photographers Association.
Tamanna was a freelancer who often worked for NPR, spokeswoman Isabel Lara says in an email, but offered few additional details.
Gilkey covered war and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, NPR Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director Michael Oreskes says in a statement.
“He was devoted to helping the public see these wars and the people caught up in them. He died pursuing that commitment,” Oreskes says. “As a man and as a photojournalist, David brought out the humanity of all those around him. He let us see the world and each other through his eyes.”
President and CEO of NPR Jarl Mohn’s statement says, “Horrific incidents like this remind us of the important role journalists play in America’s civic life. They help us understand beyond the headlines and see the humanity in others.”
D.C. Army officer wins Miss USA pageant
First Lieutenant Deshauna Barber from District Of Columbia is the new Miss USA 2016. The 26-year-old takes home her crown after Sunday night’s pageant and will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest.
Barber’s success is in part thanks to her strong answer when asked about women in combat during the competition at the T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip.
“As a woman in the United States Army, I think … we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated,” Deshauna Barber said. “Gender does not limit us in the United States.”
Barber says her campaign as Miss USA 2016 will focus on veterans and the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers returning from combat.
Barber is a Columbus, Georgia native and says she moved many times during her childhood for her father’s military career.
Mass fan turnout ends New York pop-up Kanye concert
New York news networks say over 4,000 people swarmed Manhattan’s East Village early Monday after rapper Kanye West announced a pop-up concert at Webster Hall. The Associated Press says Yeezy fans “climbed on top of cars, dumpsters and scaffolding and hung out of windows hoping to get a better view.”
Kanye Tweeted just after 1 a.m. Monday the performance was “sold out” and set to begin at 2 a.m.
The Webster Hall Twitter page says in a tweet posted 45 minutes later that there would be no show and told would-be concert-goers to leave.
West’s wife Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat shows West apparently calling the mayor of New York to argue about being allowed to perform outside for the huge crowd. Witness video shows Kanye later went to his car and stood out of the sunroof to address his fans.
Kardashian later Snapchatted just after 3 a.m. saying “we tried” but New York police and officials “were just not having it”.