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$3m Debt Collection Scheme in Charlotte Put to an End: 6 Suspects Charged

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5618-3m-Debt-Collection-Scheme-in-Charlotte-Put-to-an-End-6-Suspects-Charged

Six people have been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection to a $3 million debt collection scheme that operated out of Charlotte.

Speaking at a news release, the U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said that the individuals that were charged on Friday used intimidation, threats, and lies, including posing as lawyers and law enforcement, to scare victims into paying often non-existent debts.

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Breaking: Manafort Issued Subpoena to Appear at Senate Hearing

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5616-Breaking-Manafort-Issued-Subpoena-to-Appear-at-Senate-Hearing

Paul Manafort Summoned by Senate Committee to Appear at Hearing

The former Trump campaign chairman has been summoned to appear in a hearing about Russia’s role in the presidential election. Paul Manafort

A joint statement from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Lowa, who is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the committee revealed that they were unable to reach an agreement for a voluntary transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee, despite their willingness to accommodate Mr. Manafort’s request to cooperate with the committee’s investigation, without appearing at Wednesday’s hearing,

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Why Communism / Socialism Never Works

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5524-Why-Communism-Socialism-Never-Works

There are a multitude of factors to consider. Communism generally removes individual incentives. Some people might think this is a benefit, since it eliminates greed and inequality, but it also destroys any sort of incentive to work hard.

Work ethic and productivity are crucial to growth and achievement regardless of how you view the world. When you are compensated roughly the same regardless of how much you work, how strong you are, or how smart you are, why would anyone put in more than the minimal effort?

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Perth parents who lost baby perfectly protest anti-vaccination film

http://honey.nine.com.au/2017/07/24/05/46/parents-protest-anti-vaccination-film

The parents of a baby who died of whooping cough have perfectly protested an American anti-vaccination film that has been secretly screening in Australia.

Catherine and Greg Hughes, who lost son Riley to whooping cough when he was just three weeks old, have donated 200 polio vaccines through UNICEF in honour of the film.

They posted on their Facebook page Light for Riley, "In thoroughly disappointing news this morning, some of the most vocal anti-vaccine activists from the US vaxxed tour have just arrived in Australia to promote their anti vaccine beliefs to the community.

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Canadian Religious Leader Found Guilty of Polygamy for Having 25 Wives

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5610-Canadian-Religious-Leader-Found-Guilty-of-Polygamy-for-Having-25-Wives

Blackmore never denied in the past of having numerous wives and “defended” his practice as part of his “religious beliefs.” Blackmore said to reporters after the verdict was handed out: “I’m guilty of living my religion and that’s all I’m saying today because I never denied that. Twenty-seven years and tens of millions of dollars later, all we’ve proved is something we’ve never denied. I’ve never denied my faith. This is what we expected.”

Blair Suffredine, Blackmore’s lawyer, has said they would challenge the constitutionality of Canada’s polygamy laws.

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Junkie Mom Gives Heroin to Newborn to Hide Fetal Addiction

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5613-Junkie-Mom-Gives-Heroin-to-Newborn-to-Hide-Fetal-Addiction

A couple known to be junkies were accused of giving their newborn daughter drugs in a sick bid to hide the heroin addiction “she had picked” up from her mother.

Authorities said Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, from Utah used the class A drug throughout her pregnancy. The child then was born addicted to heroin as a result.

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See the Abandoned WWII Base on Greenland Leaking Toxic Waste

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/greenland-abandoned-military-base-spd/

The locals call the thousands of orange rusted barrels “American flowers.” From afar on a sunny day, the 70-year-old remnants littered across the island of Ikateq in Greenland look like fields of marigolds instead of toxic reminders of World War II.

The United States Air Force established a base on Ikateq called Bluie East Two in 1941, under an agreement between the U.S. and Denmark, the latter of which had claimed Greenland in the early 18th century. The base was abandoned after the war in 1947.

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HIV-positive gay men with undetectable viral load will not transmit virus, Australian-led study find

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-25/hiv-positive-men-taking-daily-medication-will-not-pass-virus-on/8742154

He has been HIV positive for seven years and took part in a significant Australian-led study analysing the transmission risk among homosexual couples with differing HIV status.

In what has been described as "life-changing news" for gay male couples where one partner is HIV positive, the study found the virus was not transmitted to their partners, if they took daily anti-viral medication that made the viral load undetectable.

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'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40661252

Cows have shown an "insane" and "mind-blowing" ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers.

In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV.

It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their complex and bacteria-packed digestive system.

The US National Institutes of Health said the findings were of "great interest".

HIV is a slippery and nefarious opponent. It mutates so readily that every time a patient's immune system finds a way of attacking the virus, HIV shifts its appearance.

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Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested bills on judiciary into law despite protests

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/poland-president-signs-one-of-three-contested-bills-on-judiciary-into-law-despite-protests/

The office of Poland's president said Tuesday that he has signed into law one of three contested bills that critics say limit the independence of the judiciary.

President Andrzej Duda announced Monday after days of protests that he would veto two of the bills. His office said early Tuesday he signed the third one, despite demonstrations the previous evening in several cities urging him to block that one, too.

The law allows the justice minister, who is also the prosecutor general, to name the heads of all lower courts.

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China urges halt to oil drilling in disputed South China Sea

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-china-vietnam-idUSKBN1AA13I?

China's Foreign Ministry has urged a halt to oil drilling in a disputed part of the South China Sea, where Spanish oil company Repsol had been operating in cooperation with Vietnam.

Drilling began in mid-June in Vietnam's Block 136/3, which is licensed to Vietnam's state oil firm, Spain's Repsol and Mubadala Development Co of the United Arab Emirates.

The block lies inside the U-shaped 'nine-dash line' that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions.

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Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022: paper

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toyota-electric-cars-idUSKBN1AA035

Toyota Motor Corp is working on an electric car powered by a new type of battery that significantly increases driving range and reduces charging time, aiming to begin sales in 2022, the Chunichi Shimbun daily reported on Tuesday.

Toyota's new electric car, to be built on an all-new platform, will use all-solid-state batteries, allowing it to be recharged in just a few minutes, the newspaper said, without citing sources.

By contrast, current electric vehicles (EVs), which use lithium-ion batteries, need 20-30 minutes to recharge even with fast chargers and typically have a range of just 300-400 kilometers (185-250 miles).

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Turkish parliament’s education commission member says ‘no use in teaching math to students who don’t

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-parliaments-education-commission-member-says-no-use-in-teaching-math-to-students-who-dont-know-jihad-.aspx?

A member of the Turkish parliament’s national education commission has said there is no use in teaching mathematics to students who don’t know jihad.

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmaker Ahmet Hamdi Çamlı praised a recent move to include the concept of “jihad” to the country’s new education curriculum, saying that “jihad is Islam’s most prior element.”

“Jihad comes before prayer. When we look at Ottoman sultans, nearly all of them didn’t even go to hajj in order not to abandon jihad,” Çamlı told daily Habertürk on July 22.

The final version of Turkey’s national school curriculum has left evolution out and added the concept of “jihad” as part of Islamic law in books, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz said on July 18, causing major controversy.

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China preparing for potential crisis with North Korea

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-missiles-china-idUKKBN1AA090

China is preparing for a potential crisis with North Korea by increasing its defences along their shared border, including establishing a new border brigade and building bunkers for civilians, the Wall Street Journal reported.

China has been strengthening its defences along the North Korean border since Pyongyang's first nuclear test in 2006, including building a fence along parts of the border and stepping up patrols.

China has also realigned military forces in the country's northeast, the report added, citing Chinese military and government websites and Chinese and foreign experts.

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US judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2017/07/25/US-judge-halts-deportation-of-more-than-1-400-Iraqi-nationals.html

A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case.

US District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union, who argued the immigrants would face persecution in Iraq because they are considered ethnic and religious minorities there.

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Britain seeking certainty with U.S. as it Brexits

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-britain-trade-idUSKBN1A9274?il=0

Britain wants to ensure business relations with the United States are not disrupted and will seek negotiations on an "ambitious" trade agreement with the United States, UK trade secretary, Liam Fox, told Trump administration officials at the launch of discussions on Monday on post-Brexit planning.

Fox and his U.S. counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, jointly chaired the first meeting of a U.S.-UK trade and investment working group, which will start work on a bilateral trade agreement between the countries after Brexit.

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The man who wants to bring the BRAIN DEAD back to life

Sergei Paylian was only 14 years old when he was horrified by the death of his young, attractive neighbor in Tbilisi, Georgia. As was the local Soviet custom at the time, her open coffin was carried through the street to the sound of music as a shocked teenage Sergei looked on, confronted for the first time with the issue of his own mortality.

It sparked a lifelong obsession with aging – and how to reverse it.

Now, standing in his neat Florida laboratory that looks more like a dentist’s office, the 66-year-old scientist is explaining how a lifetime of research has culminated in a purified extract he calls bioquantines, 'combinatorial biologics' incorporating other species such as frogs and, in the future, sharks that he believes is the key to curing diseases – and even death.

When injected into humans, he claims, the bioquantines find their way to diseased or damaged cells and help restore them to a healthier state.

The company Dr Paylian founded, Bioquark, is part of a broader project called ReAnima – which is ‘exploring the potential of cutting edge biomedical technology for human neuro-regeneration and neuro-reanimation.’

more here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4710672/Man-wants-bring-BRAIN-DEAD-life.html

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Sanctuary cities promise to make 1 million new US citizens in year

Twenty-one mostly "sanctuary cities" are pledging to make 1 million immigrants U.S. citizens this year.

The "Naturalize NOW!" campaign, which includes liberal and progressive groups and elected officials, heralded the mayors of the cities in joining the national effort.

Among the cities cited in an Independence Day notice from Mi Familia: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Cleveland, OH; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Dayton, OH; Jersey City, NJ; Knoxville, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Miami-Dade County, FL; Montgomery County, MD; Paterson, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; New York City, NY; Salt Lake County, UT; San Francisco, CA; Seattle; South Gate, CA & Tucson, AZ.

Many are sanctuary cities and counties.

"We celebrate our independence on July 4, and honor the values of freedom, justice, unity, and equality that make us who we are," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Los Angeles joined the Naturalize NOW campaign because those principles are still worth fighting for — and to encourage eligible Angelenos and people across the country to seek a path toward citizenship and join the American family."

According to Naturalize Now!, more immigrants than ever have applied for U.S. citizenship, a spike coming at a time when the Trump administration is warning all illegal immigrants about deportation.

According to Mi Familia, "The campaign announced on Flag Day that a record-breaking number of aspiring Americans have submitted citizenship applications in 2017, making the second quarter of this year busier than 2016, a federal election year. The Naturalize NOW! campaign is halfway through accomplishing the target goal, with over half a million people submitting applications through the first half of this year."

source:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sanctuary-cities-promise-to-make-1-million-new-us-citizens-in-year/article/2627741

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Maldives parliament shut down to stop speaker's removal

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/maldives-parliament-shut-stop-speaker-removal-170724102004891.html

The Maldivian army has locked down the country's parliament after the opposition vowed to move ahead with a vote against a key ally of President Abdulla Yameen.

Politicians defied the ban on Monday, fighting off riot police and scaling metre-high walls to enter the parliament compound.

The opposition was hoping to hold a vote to impeach Speaker Abdulla Maseeh, whom they accuse of ignoring allegations of corruption and rights abuses, before the lockdown came into effect.

They had secured enough support from government defectors to begin impeachment proceedings earlier this month.

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Russia May Put Lasers on Its New Icebreaker Ships

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/news/a27447/russia-new-icebreaker-lasers/

Russia is building two new icebreakers designed patrol the Arctic Ocean, capable of smashing through five feet of sea ice. These vessels may also carry high-powered lasers designed to cut ice, though there are obvious military applications.

Last April the Russian Navy ordered for two ships for Project 23550, the Ivan Papanin-class icebreakers. Construction of the first began last September at JSC Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg. The two ships are designed to function as icebreakers, tugboats, and patrol vessels.

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Turkish journalists go on trial accused of supporting terrorism

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-newspaper-idUSKBN1A90XY?il=0

Prominent journalists and other staff at a Turkish opposition newspaper went on trial on Monday accused of supporting a terrorist group, in a case that critics of President Tayyip Erdogan consider attack on free speech.

"Journalism is not a crime," chanted several hundred people gathered outside the central Istanbul court to protest against the prosecution of 17 writers, executives and lawyers of the secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper.

The trial coincides with an escalating dispute with Germany over the arrest in Turkey of 10 rights activists, including one German, as part of a crackdown since last year's attempted coup against Erdogan.

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China demands India pulls back troops in border dispute

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/china-demands-india-pulls-troops-border-dispute-170724065132611.html

China has demanded that India pull back its troops from a contested region high in the Himalayas, warning New Delhi not "to push your luck" amid a festering border dispute.

According to Indian officials, about 300 soldiers from either side face each other about 150 metres apart on the Doklam plateau, an area also claimed by India's ally Bhutan.

The standoff began in June when Chinese troops started building a road onto the plateau towards India's border.

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Metal Detectors Will Be Removed From Jerusalem Holy Site

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/24/539042181/u-n-envoy-warns-ire-at-jerusalem-holy-site-must-be-resolved-by-weeks-end

The prime minister's office says Israel will remove metal detectors from the entrance to a Jerusalem site that is considered holy by Muslims and Jews. Known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as Temple Mount, it has been the site of protests over metal detectors installed last week at the entrances to the site, where just days earlier several Israeli Arabs opened fire, killing two Israeli police officers.

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Michael Kors to buy luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-jimmy-choo-m-a-michael-kors-idUSKBN1AA0JL?il=0

U.S. retailer Michael Kors (KORS.N) has agreed to buy luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo (CHOO.L) for $1.2 billion, snapping up a British brand launched in the east end of London and made famous by celebrity fans including Princess Diana.

Founded in the 1990s by bespoke shoemaker Jimmy Choo, the brand is known for its stiletto heals and accessories and sells in cities from London to Paris, New York and Tokyo.

It put itself up for sale in April after its majority owner JAB signaled its intention to focus on consumer goods. At 230 pence in cash per share, the group is receiving a premium of 36.5 percent to its share price before the sale process was announced.

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Egypt's Sisi vows to keep up Qatar blockade

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-egypt-idUSKBN1A92NK

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday his government would keep up a blockade of Qatar by four Arab states over charges it supports terrorism, in defiance of international efforts to end the crisis.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants in the worst crisis among Arab states in years, a charge that Doha denies.

"Egypt will stand by its decision and will not backtrack on this matter," Sisi said at a youth conference in Alexandria. "Our persistence on its own, our stance, and this block, is pressure in itself."

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Germany wants more EU sanctions on Russia over Siemens Crimea turbines - sources

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-crimea-siemens-eu-excl-idUSKBN1A9138

Germany is urging the European Union to add up to four more Russian nationals and companies to the bloc's sanctions blacklist over Siemens (SIEGn.DE) gas turbines delivered to Moscow-annexed Crimea, two sources in Brussels said.

The EU has barred its firms from doing business with Crimea since the 2014 annexation, imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, and curbed cooperation with Russia in energy, arms and finance over its role in the crisis in Ukraine.

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Israel removes metal detectors from al-Aqsa compound

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/israel-removing-metal-detectors-al-aqsa-compound-170724214814179.html

Israel has decided to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem and replace them with more advanced surveillance cameras.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted to remove the metal detector gates after a meeting lasting several hours convening for a second time on Monday.

Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the director of al-Aqsa Mosque, said overnight on Tuesday that the move does not fulfil the demands of the Muslim worshippers as the security cameras remain.

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Chinese shipbuilders tap rising cruise demand, rattle European rivals

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-cruise-ship-analysis-idUSKBN1A92QU?il=0

European shipbuilders' dominance in the $117 billion passenger ship industry may come under threat as Chinese rivals move into the sector to tap booming local demand for cruise holidays.

China's government has earmarked cruise shipbuilding as a major objective in its "Made in China 2025" program to upgrade its domestic manufacturing and support jobs at its shipyards, as domestic demand for cruise trips increases 30 percent a year.

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A dramatic deterioration for asylum seekers on Lesbos

http://www.msf.org/en/article/greece-dramatic-deterioration-asylum-seekers-lesbos

The report, A dramatic deterioration for asylum seekers on Lesbos – based on MSF medical data and the testimonies of patients – describes the recent drastic cuts in providing health care on the island, along with reductions in legal aid, and the closure of shelters and other essential services.

“Four times as many people arrived on the islands between April and June 2017, while the capacity of medical actors to identify vulnerable people has dramatically reduced,” says Rouvroy. MSF is calling for the scaling up of health care on the islands.

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Vietnam police arrest dissident for attempt 'to overthrow government'

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-vietnam-dissident-idUSKBN1AA09S?il=0

Police in Vietnam have arrested a prominent dissident they have accused of conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the government, in what appeared to be latest effort by the Communist-ruled country to crack down on critics.

Police in central Nghe An said Le Dinh Luong, 51, was arrested on Monday. They said on their news website Luong had conducted "regular activities with the aim to overthrow the authority and complicate local security" but did not elaborate.

It was not possible to contact Luong and it was not known if he had legal representation.

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Poland President Andrzej Duda vetoes judiciary reform

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/poland-president-andrzej-duda-vetoes-judiciary-reform-170724085333382.html

Poland's President Andrzej Duda has vetoed two out of three contentious bills that are widely seen as assaults on the independence of the judicial system and are part of a planned legal overhaul by the ruling party that has sparked days of nationwide protests.

Duda said he vetoed the judiciary reforms to make sure they were constitutional and vowed on Monday to present new proposals in the near future.

On Saturday, the upper house gave final approval to a bill that would remove all current Supreme Court judges immediately except those approved by the justice minister, who is also the prosecutor general.

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Alphabet adds to cash pile despite higher costs, antitrust fine

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-results-idUSKBN1A92GZ?il=0

Alphabet Inc reported a 21 percent jump in quarterly revenue on Monday, maintaining a growth rate that is rarely seen among companies its size and suggesting the big sales gains enjoyed recently by the other Internet firms are not done yet.

Alphabet, the owner of Google and YouTube, said it made $3.5 billion in net income on sales of $26 billion. The profit would have been much larger but for a record $2.7 billion European Union antitrust fine.

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Police: Schaffhausen chainsaw attacker is a loner who lives in forests

https://www.thelocal.ch/20170724/breaking-major-police-operation-underway-in-schaffhausen-city-centre

The photo shows the suspect in a green jacket and black trousers, carrying a black holdall that is presumed to contain the chainsaw.

Police are appealing to the public for any information they may have about the suspect, who remains at large.

In a press conference and statement police named the suspected perpetrator as 51-year-old Franz Wrousis, a loner who is thought to live in forests and was not previously known in the Schaffhausen area.

Police confirmed that he attacked staff at an office of the CSS health insurance company in Schaffhausen.

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Dollar falls to 13-month lows as market looks to Fed

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-forex-idUSKBN1AA04W?

The dollar fell to a 13-month low on Tuesday against a trade-weighted basket of major currencies, extending recent declines as investors positioned for a Federal Reserve meeting starting later in the day.

Undermining the case for a Fed rate increase in coming months, the dollar has been hit by weak U.S. data that has contrasted with an improving economic outlook in Europe and China.

"I don't think this is a dollar-negative story so much as a relatively optimistic story for the other parts of the world and that continues to play through the currency markets," said Adam Cole, head of G10 FX strategy at RBC Capital Markets in London.

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Chinese Jets Intercept US Navy Surveillance Plane

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/chinese-jets-intercept-us-navy-surveillance-plane-over-east-china-sea-1728681

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

The officials said initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came close to the U.S. EP-3 plane on Sunday, causing the American aircraft to change direction. The persons spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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U.S. judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-iraqis-idUSKBN1AA04Z?il=0

A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by American Civil Liberties Union lawyers, who argued the immigrants would face persecution in Iraq because they are considered ethnic and religious minorities there.

Goldsmith said the injunction provides detainees time to challenge their removal in federal courts. He said many of them faced "a feverish search for legal assistance" after their deportation orders were unexpectedly resurrected by the U.S. government after several years.

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Hungary's President States:“We are Europe's future.”

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5609-Hungary-s-President-States-We-are-Europe-s-future

The preservation of ethnic homogeneity and Christianity in Europe are important aspects to the Hungarian President. He stated that the growing cooperation and closeness between Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia in their fight against cultural downfalls were notable and significant.

Furthermore, Orbán explained that, to him, a strong state was one which owned and maintained important industries and economic branches of trade, rather than one who outsourced them. After the end of the Cold War, many Hungarian companies had been purchased by foreign countries for cheap. Hungary has spent a lot of money since then to buy them back.

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Turkey journalists reject 'terror' claims as trial opens

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/turkey-journalists-reject-terror-claims-as-trial-opens-9057508?

Staff from one of Turkey's most respected opposition newspapers on Monday (Jul 24) rejected as absurd "terror" charges laid against them, on the first day of a trial which has intensified alarm over press freedom under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The 17 defendants from Cumhuriyet daily were detained from October last year and a dozen of them have now spent more than eight months in jail without being convicted of any crime.

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China preparing for crisis along North Korean border

http://nypost.com/2017/07/24/china-preparing-for-crisis-along-north-korean-border-report/

China has been boosting forces along its 880-mile border with North Korea, in fear of a regional crisis – including the remote possibility of an American attack, according to a published report on Monday.

The Wall Street Journal cited military and government websites and interviews with experts who have been following Beijing’s preparations, in light of escalating tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.

In recent months, China has been more aggressive in keeping an eye on the border with drones, the paper reported.

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Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-idUSKBN1A92Q5

Israel decided on Tuesday to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a Cabinet statement said.

Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem after two police officers were fatally shot on July 14, triggering the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years.

The spike in tensions and the deaths of three Israelis and four Palestinians in violence on Friday and Saturday have triggered international alarm and prompted the United Nations Security Council to convene a meeting to seek ways of calming the situation.

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Donald Trump confirms covert CIA programme in Syria on Twitter

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-cia-syria-rebels-twitter-tweet-covert-operation-us-president-secret-a7858351.html

Donald Trump appears to have inadvertently confirmed the existence of a covert CIA programme in a Twitter post.

In a series of tweets, the US President attacked The Washington Post in connection with a story about the termination of US efforts to aid rebels fighting to oust Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

He wrote: "The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad."

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Food health-rating labels failing to reveal added sugars, study finds

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-25/food-health-rating-labels-failing-to-fully-reveal-added-sugars/8738634

ofessor Bruce Neal from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney reviewed more than 34,000 packaged foods with health-star ratings.

These are the voluntary front-of-pack labels, designed to help people make healthier choices.

But health experts said naturally occurring sugars found in fruits, vegetables and dairy were treated the same as sugars added during food processing.

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North Korea preparing for another missile test: US defense official

http://www.news.com.au/world/north-korea-preparing-for-another-missile-test-us-defense-official/news-story/6771408f798d53b43d814bba48584b84

NORTH Korea appears to be preparing for another missile test, according to a US Defense official.

According to CNN, the official said transporter vehicles carrying ballistic missile launching equipment were seen arriving in Kusong, North Korea on Friday.

When such equipment is seen it means a launch could occur within six days, the official said. This could coincide with the July 27 North Korean Holiday, which celebrates the armistice that ended the North Korean war.

It’s understood the rogue nation may be preparing for another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or intermediate range missile test.

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Sex Offender Working As Basketball Coach Caught Sexting Children

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5607-Sex-Offender-Working-As-Basketball-Coach-Caught-Sexting-Children

Flemings is also a convicted sex offender for the past crime of “employing, coercing or using a minor in the production of obscene material”, where he's supposed to be registered as a sex offender and did not.

As part of the requirements of his conviction due to the victims being under the age of 16, state law prohibits Flemings from working with juveniles. He clearly violated this as well.

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Russian police arrest man carrying 'Putin lies' poster at freedom of speech demo

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russian-police-arrest-man-putin-lies-poster-freedom-of-speech-demonstration-vladimir-president-a7856996.html

A man holding a placard saying “Putin lies” has been arrested at a free speech protest in Moscow.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday to protest against the Russian government's increasing crackdown on online free speech.

The protest, which was approved by the Moscow authorities, came two days after the lower house of Russia’s Duma (parliament) passed a bill that bans the use of proxy servers, including virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow people to disguise their computer's IP address.

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Saudi terrorism is killing people in Yemen

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/hrw-saudi-terrorism-killing-people-yemen-170724112638069.html

The Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) has questioned Saudi Arabia's accusation of Qatar funding terrorism while the Kingdom itself continues to carry out "terrorism that is killing people in Yemen".

The conflict in Yemen has escalated dramatically since March 2015, when the Saudi-led forces launched a military operation against the rebels.

Since the conflict began, more than 10,000 people have been killed and millions have been driven from their homes.

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Spanish province moves to ban bullfighting, defying Madrid's conservative government

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/bullfighting-ban-spain-ibiza-balearic-islands-catalonia-canary-constitutional-court-legal-illegal-a7857946.html

A Spanish province is bringing in laws aimed at eliminating bullfighting by the back door despite opposition from the country’s government and constitutional court in Madrid, which has ruled that the practice is a protected part of “common cultural heritage”.

The Balearic Islands, which include popular holiday destinations such as Majorca, Minorca, and Ibiza, tried to ban the bloodsport in 2016 but was stopped in its tracks after Spain’s constitutional court ruled that local provinces do not have the power to stop the practice.

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New Studies Show The Moon's Interior Contains A Lot of Water

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5590-New-Studies-Show-The-Moon-s-Interior-Contains-A-Lot-of-Water

New reports show that ancient volcanic deposits from within the moon reveal new evidence about the lunar interior, suggesting it contains substantial amounts of water.

Using a variety of satellite data, scientists from Brown University studied lunar pyroclastic deposits, which are layers of rock that likely formed from large volcanic eruptions. The magma which is associated with these explosive events is also carried to the moon's surface from very deep within its interior, according to a study published today in Nature Geoscience.

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Florida Man Arrested For Sexually Abusing Multiple Children

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5608-Florida-Man-Arrested-For-Sexually-Abusing-Multiple-Children

Law enforcement claims that he sexually abused a 12-year-old boy who lived in Troy, Illinois back in 2002 and 2003.

Sepp was also sentenced to prison in 2008 in Polk County, Florida, and somehow managed to get released without facing justice for his crimes in Illinois. Just another sign that once a pedophile always a pedophile.

Typical when sexual predators flee to other states they continue to pursue their pedophile nature and commit other crimes towards children. There's a possibility that this man could have committed more crimes against children who simply cannot identify him.

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ISIS had the 'perfect' ingredient to build a huge dirty bomb

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4722218/ISIS-failed-locate-cobalt-Mosul.html

ISIS terrorists nearly stumbled on the main ingredient for a 'dirty bomb' when they overran Mosul in 2014.

Two caches of cobalt, a metallic substance with lethally high levels of radiation, was found inside two radiotherapy machines at the University of Mosul.

However Iraqi forces discovered the cobalt-60 machines had not been touched when they liberated the city this month.

A health ministry official said of the terror group: 'They are not that smart'.

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You wouldn't tag hummus' Angry shopper accuses Sainsbury's of 'corporate racism' after he found £3.8

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4720780/Sainsbury-s-accused-racism-tagging-tins-fish.html

An angry shopper has accused Sainsbury's of racism after he found £3.80 tins of Jamaican fruit security tagged in a south London store.

Toby Taylor, 31, said he bet the chain 'wouldn't tag hummus' and slammed it as 'corporate racism'.

He was shopping in his local supermarket in Penge, Bromley this afternoon when he noticed a whole shelf of the delicacy had been placed in security boxes - despite being reduced and only worth £3.80.

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Hillary Duff Latest Victim in String of Celebrity Burglaries

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5606-Hillary-Duff-Latest-Victim-in-String-of-Celebrity-Burglaries

It appears that talented burglars have been targeting celebrities homes while they are out of town. Alanis Morissette was recently robbed of over $2 million worth in vintage jewelry. The thieves apparently removed entire safes from her home.

Other celebrities hit by the thieves include LA Dodger's Right Fielder Yasiel Puig, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj, former Laker's player Derek Fisher, and actress Emmy Rossum.

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Degenerate Porn Star’s ‘Public Service’ Announcement After Breast Implants Leaking

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5603-Degenerate-Porn-Star-s-Public-Service-Announcement-After-Breast-Implants-Leaking

She says however that operation has resulted in horrifying pain and agony. The idea behind ballooning breasts is that they are intended to grow larger over time.

No, that's not satire, that's how they scientifically operate. They gain fluid as time goes on, and essentially ‘balloon’ or swell into a larger size also stretching the skin, accumulating the liquid inside them.

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Did You Know Alcohol Can IMPROVE Consolidation Of Memory?

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5592-Did-You-Know-Alcohol-Can-IMPROVE-Consolidation-Of-Memory

In a newly released study, 88 men and women were selected to participate in, well, alcohol research.

In the process of the research several academics actually concluded that those who.drank alcohol before studying were better at remembering later what it is they were researching.

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The CIA Controlled ‘Fourth Estate’ Fake News Media

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5594-The-CIA-Controlled-Fourth-Estate-Fake-News-Media

The Washington Post is literally a provocateur of the Central Intelligence Agency. They're part of the ”Fourth Estate”, which is essentially the ”Fake News” media in itself.

Jeff Bezos, the controversial man behind the Washington Post, and also Amazon, has oftentimes been considered a literal CIA Agent.

While one could argue he's simply a businessman, he's literally funded some of his purchases with CIA contract money.

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Norovirus Confirmed After 135 People Sick From Mexican Food

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5588-Norovirus-Confirmed-After-135-People-Sick-From-Mexican-Food

Once again bad news for Chipotle Mexican Food & Grill company, as the Loudoun County Health Department has identified 135 people who reported getting sick after visiting a Chipotle in Sterling, Virginia, between the dates of July 13th and 16th.

So far only two of the one hundred and thirty five people have been confirmed to have contracted the norovirus, but the other one hundred and thirty five customers are also ill.

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California Teen Livestreams Fatal Crash Killing Sister On Instagram

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5583-California-Teen-Livestreams-Fatal-Crash-Killing-Sister-On-Instagram

An 18 year old girl from Stockton, California, is now in jail after allegedly driving under the influence while livestreaming on Instagram, which resulted a deadly crash killing her 14 year old sister Friday.

On the live instagram post you can see Obdulia Sanchez next to a dead crash victim, her sister.

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Maryland Woman Helped Pedophile Husband Rape Kids

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5589-Maryland-Woman-Helped-Pedophile-Husband-Rape-Kids

A woman who is married to a now convicted West Manheim Township child rapist has been arrested and convicted on charges that she assisted the disgusting pedophile in his crimes.

The parasitic woman, Holly Greiner, 31, from Westminster, Maryland, was sentenced today Monday to five to 15 years in prison for her crimes, followed by an additional 15 years of probation upon her release, says Senior Deputy Prosecutor Chuck Murphy.

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Newcastle Pedophile Forced 6 Year Old Boy To Bite Pillow During Multiple Rapes

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5541-Newcastle-Pedophile-Forced-6-Year-Old-Boy-To-Bite-Pillow-During-Multiple-Rapes

Absolutely disgusting news coming out of Throckley, Newcastle, today as a pedophile who was charged with six counts of child rape had the story unfold in the courtroom.

The demented child predator was a 39 year old mechanic named John Bell, who was convicted of heinous crimes against an innocent six year old boy.

The child was repeatedly raped by Bell and claims he was in so much pain during the attacks that Bell told him to bite on a pillow during the horrific assaults.

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Man Who Killed Cats for Sexual Abuse Gets 16 Years

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5187-Man-Who-Killed-Cats-for-Sexual-Abuse-Gets-16-Years

A 26-year old Californian had been sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge for killing 26 cats and sexually abusing a dead one. Some cats became his victims when the perpetrator lured the pets away from their homes.

Robert Roy Farmer pleaded guilty last year to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty and one count each of misdemeanor battery and being under the influence.

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First Victim in STACK of Bodies Found on Pennsylvania Farm ID'd

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5087-First-Victim-in-STACK-of-Bodies-Found-on-Pennsylvania-Farm-ID-d

Pennsylvania authorities say they have found multiple human remains in their determined search for four missing young men, and they can already identify one of them.

Attorney Matthew Weintraub, Bucks County District Attorney, said that the one victim has been identified as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro. He made the announcement early Thursday morning. Weintraub added that they found all the remains in a 12.5-foot-deep common grave on a sprawling farm in suburban Philadelphia.

Finocchiaro, along with 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick have been missing since last week.

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Justin Bieber banned from China for 'bad behaviour'

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40681026

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China, according to Beijing's Culture Bureau.

In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in "bad behaviour."

"Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer," it added.

The statement was issued in response to a question recently submitted by a user of the bureau's website.

"We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public," the statement said.

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Florida Woman Gang-Raped By 4 Hispanic Immigrants

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5461-Florida-Woman-Gang-Raped-By-4-Hispanic-Immigrants

Once in the bedroom, four men took turns raping her as she pleaded with them to stop repeatedly, according to the report. Investigators said a friend later found the woman naked and helped her home.

The woman told deputies she felt as if she'd been drugged because she could barely remember what happened afterward and that she just wasn't “normal”

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Switzerland Chainsaw Massacre

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5573-Switzerland-Chainsaw-Massacre

Police in Switzerland say that a chainsaw wielding attacker injured at least five people in a brutal attack, two of them seriously, and remains at large in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen.

Law enforcement say that the man entered the office of an insurance company in the town and injured multiple individuals around mid-morning local time.

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23 arrested as KKK rally in Va. draws hundreds of counterprotesters

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/341153-23-arrested-as-kkk-rally-in-va-draws-hundreds-of-counterprotesters

Nearly two dozen people were arrested Saturday after a Ku Klux Klan rally in Charlottesville, Va., drew hundreds of counterprotesters.

Klan members rallied to blast the city's plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park in the city's downtown area.

Around 50 Klan members, including some wearing hooded white robes, shouted "white power" at the park as more than 1,000 counterprotesters hurled insults and items such as water bottles, The New York Times reported.

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Sex Offender Busted After Trespassing Behind Barstow Business

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5356-Sex-Offender-Busted-After-Trespassing-Behind-Barstow-Business

Following a period investigation, it became apparent that Odle had not registered with the State of Kansas for over one year and as a result, he was out of compliance. Furthermore, Odie had not registered with the Barstow Police Department, which also made him out of compliance in the State of California.

Odle was placed under arrest and was transported to the Barstow Police Department where he was later booked into the High Desert Detention Center in the City of Adelanto.

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Family of US cop Mohamed Noor say officer mistakenly shot Justine Damond

http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/family-of-us-cop-mohamed-noor-say-officer-mistakenly-shot-justine-damond/news-story/f1fceb1b41f4c9494e136365861e1d02

USTINE Damond’s family have hired a high-profile lawyer who says police claims of an ambush by the Australian woman ‘have no basis in fact’ as her 911 call was released.

Lawyer Robert Bennett told CBS that Ms Damond’s family does not want Officer Mohamed Noor to continue being a police officer and are considering a civil lawsuit over her death.

“This is an unbelieveable situation,” Mr Bennett told CBS.

“The person who called 911 was shot in her pyjamas.

“Justine obviously wasn’t armed and there is wasn’t any reason she should have been perceived to be.

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Video: Thug Stabs Customer at Fast Food Restaurant

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5587-Video-Thug-Stabs-Customer-at-Fast-Food-Restaurant

There's now newly released but incredibly dramatic footage going viral on social media which shows a knife-wielding attacker first stomping and beating a man inside of a McDonald's restaurant.

The video is filmed at a McDonald's located in Gravesend, Kent which shows obscenities being screamed as furniture is being thrown, revolves around a black man, dressed in a grey hoodie, who's stomping someone into the ground repeatedly as others just watch.

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Zuckerberg Calls out Musk on AI Remarks: ‘Pretty Irresponsible’

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5579-Zuckerberg-Calls-out-Musk-on-AI-Remarks-Pretty-Irresponsible

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had the cool idea of conducting a Facebook Live with followers while smoking meats in his backyard in Palo Alto, California on Sunday afternoon. Unlike his barbecue session that was burning hot, he is cold on the idea of other tech titans in expressing fears on the future of artificial intelligence.

In fact, Zuckerberg not only gave an opposing view but actually admonished fellow Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk who sounded the alarm on artificial intelligence posing a threat to the well-being of humanity.

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Oregon Wants Taxpayers to Pay For The Abortions of Illegal Immigrants and Trannies

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5527-Oregon-Wants-Taxpayers-to-Pay-For-The-Abortions-of-Illegal-Immigrants-and-Trannies

Planned Parenthood Oregon affiliate helped construct the measure and pushed for its passage. Oregon happens to have some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country. Still the Planned Parenthood ‘s Oregon affiliate is reeling. Four abortion clinics have been closed and the number of abortions in the state dropped by 15 percent between 2011 and 2014. This has created some damages for Planned Parenthood’s thriving business in selling the body parts of aborted babies.

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Breaking : Car Plows Into Crowd In South Dakota, 2 Fatalities, 8 Injured

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5584-Breaking-Car-Plows-Into-Crowd-In-South-Dakota-2-Fatalities-8-Injured

Breaking : Car Plows Into Crowd In South Dakota, 2 Fatalities, 8 Injured

Police say that 2 people are dead and 8 are injured after a car plowed into a crowd, and then a building, in Alcester, South Dakota.

The car allegedly plowed into a crowd first, then later striking an elderly care center in Alcester.

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2 Armed Chinese Fighter Jets Intercept US Spy Plane

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5585-2-Armed-Chinese-Fighter-Jets-Intercept-US-Spy-Plane

New reports are coming in that an two heavily armed Chinese fighter jets have intercepted a United States spy plane.

The United States aircraft was reported to have been “forced to take evasive action in order to avoid a collision” mid-air.

Tensions are already incoherently rising between the two economic giants, especially over China's refusal to stop expanding its military into international waters in the South Pacific

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Left Wing Operative Waves Russian Flag At Kushner

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5581-Left-Wing-Operative-Waves-Russian-Flag-At-Kushner

Ryan Clayton, a well known liberal operative, rushed Jared Kushner after his interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Ryan Clayton is a not only a leftist who wrote for HuffPo, but is also part of Bob Creamer’s group ‘Americans Taking Action’.

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63,000 deaths from heavy drinking expected in the next five years

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/24/63000-deaths-heavy-drinking-expected-next-five-years/

lcohol abuse is expected to claim the lives of nearly 63,000 people in England by 2022, according to new research.

Analysis conducted by the Alcohol Research Group at Sheffield University says disease caused by heavy drinking will cost the NHS £16.74bn to treat.

The 62,905 predicted deaths between 2017 and 2022 amount to 35 a day. The deaths are expected to consist predominantly of liver cancer cases. Alcoholicliver disease is also identified as a big killer.

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Texas Man Ordered To Pay $65k Child Support For Child That Isn't His

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5574-Texas-Man-Ordered-To-Pay-65k-Child-Support-For-Child-That-Isn-t-His

A Texas man is now caught in a grueling battle with child support courts that are ordering him to pay $65,000.00 for a child that isn't even his.

The American child support system is not only shattered and broken but it's a biased and impartial system designed to target males whilst giving unequal rights to women to begin with.

In this case however, much as in a multitude of other scenarios, there has been a gross miscarriage of justice towards 45 year old Gabriel Cornejo.

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8-Year-Old Girl Cured of HIV After Taking Cocktail Drugs as a Baby

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5575-8-Year-Old-Girl-Cured-of-HIV-After-Taking-Cocktail-Drugs-as-a-Baby

A little girl has become the third child to “beat” the dreaded HIV virus into long-term remission. Doctors have revealed that the child from South Africa has been “virtually cured” of the Aids virus after receiving a cocktail of drugs as a baby.

The little girl was given a ten-month course of antiretroviral medication until she was one-year-old, and then later taken off the treatment as part of a medical trial.

A research team reported at the International Aids Society conference on HIV science in Paris that eight years and nine months later, the virus is still dormant but the girl is declared healthy without needing treatment.

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Survivors of Human Smuggling Found at Texas Walmart - Death Toll Climbs to 9

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5572-Survivors-of-Human-Smuggling-Found-at-Texas-Walmart-Death-Toll-Climbs-to-9

The number of people who died crammed into the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart store in Texas on Sunday believed to be a case of human trafficking has climbed to 9 from 8 yesterday.

Authorities said they believe the horrific incident was a case of immigrant-smuggling gone wrong. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had to be called in to help in the investigations. ICE acting director Thomas Homan said that based from their initial interviews with the survivors, there may have been as many as 100 people crammed inside the tractor-trailer at some point. Homan also said some survivors they have spoken to admitted they were from Mexico.

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British treasure hunters find chest that could contain Nazi gold worth £100m in sunken cargo ship

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/british-treasure-hunters-find-chest-10856208

British treasure hunters are seeking permission to recover a mysterious chest from a German ship's watery grave amid claims that it could contain £100m worth of Nazi gold.

The box was found by UK-based Advanced Marine Services inside the post room of the SS Minden at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off Iceland.

There have been claims that the cargo ship was transporting gold from South American banks to Nazi Germany when it sank in September 1939.

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Pres.Rodrigo Duterte SONA Part 1 : "I want to bring change that can survive the test of time"

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5569-Pres-Rodrigo-Duterte-SONA-Part-1-I-want-to-bring-change-that-can-survive-the-test-of-time

Watch Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 2nd State of the Nation Address.

Here' what you need to know…

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China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-china-idUSKBN1A90M8?il=0

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters.

The United States has criticized China for disregarding international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, undermining regional stability.

China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

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Two Jordanians die in shooting at Israeli embassy in Amman: security source

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-jordan-israel-security-idUSKBN1A80SE

Two Jordanians died from wounds inflicted during a shooting on Sunday in the compound of the heavily-guarded Israeli embassy that also wounded an Israeli, police and a security source said.

Police said earlier that the two Jordanians worked for a furniture firm and entered the embassy compound before the shooting to do repairs. Police did not identify the wounded Israeli, and few other details were immediately available.

Israel has imposed a ban on reporting the incident and has made no public comment.

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Crane collapse kills seven in China

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/crane-collapse-china-kills-seven-industrial-accidents-health-and-safety-at-work-guangzhou-a7856101.html

Seven people have been killed and two more injured after a crane collapsed at a construction site in China.

The accident struck on Saturday night at the construction site for the southern headquarters of the state-owned China Communications Construction Company in Guangzhou, which builds infrastructure and provides urban development.

Work safety is a major concern in China where health and safety regulations are often ignored.

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Swiss couple buried after missing in Swiss Alps for 75 years

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/glacier-bodies-switzerland-tsanfleuron-dumoulin-swiss-alps-buried/

A Swiss couple whose bodies were found on an Alpine glacier after they went missing for nearly 75 years has been buried in Switzerland.

The funeral of Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, Francine, took place Saturday in a church in Saviese in southwestern Switzerland, Swiss broadcaster SRF reports.

They were 40 and 37 years old when they disappeared on Aug. 15, 1942. The couple's daughter, Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, now 79, says her parents set off on foot to feed their animals but never returned.

SRF said two daughters took part in the funeral; the other five children have already died.

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How the Government’s big austerity plan to replace regular soldiers with reservists has 'led to cris

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/austerity-british-army-recruitment-crisis-philip-hammond-cuts-capita-outsourcing-not-enough-trained-a7825626.html

The Army is facing a “potentially very, very dangerous” crisis in trained soldier numbers because of a “flawed austerity drive” introduced by Chancellor Philip Hammond, according to claims prompted by figures released on the day Parliament closed for the summer.

The figures were among a raft of potentially embarrassing statistics released by the Conservative Government on Thursday, hours before Parliament broke up for the summer, in what critics interpreted as a deliberate “take out the trash day” tactic to limit the time MPs could spend discussing them.

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Yemen targets Saudi oil refinery with ballistic missile

http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/yemen-targets-saudi-oil-refinery-with-ballistic-missile.html

In a surprise quality attack launched by Yemeni army and popular committees on Saturday, July 22, 2017, Long-Range Ballistic Missiles BURKAN-H2 were targeted on Oil Refineries in the Yanba province of Saudi Arabia.

Military sources confirmed before sometime that the Artillery and missile forces of Yemeni army and popular committees launched long-range ballistic missiles of BURKAN-H2 type on the refineries in the Yanba province of Saudi Arabia.

A source in the missile force said that the ballistic missile of BURKAN-H2 hit Saudi refineries in Yanba province with perfect accuracy.

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US violation of nuclear deal won’t go unanswered: Iran official

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/23/529389/Iran-Velayati

A senior official says Iran will respond to any failure on the part of the US to meet its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, to which Washington is a signatory.

Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, made the remarks after a meeting with China's Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan in Tehran on Saturday.

“Undoubtedly, the US breach of the JCPOA won’t go unanswered,” he said, referring to the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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Jihadist group cements control of Syria's Idlib province: rebels

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-rebels-idlib-idUSKBN1A80T1?il=0

Syrian jihadists linked to a former al Qaeda affiliate consolidated their grip over large parts of the northwestern province of Idlib on Sunday after their main rival evacuated a major border crossing with Turkey, rebels and residents said.

Witnesses said the departing rebels, of the Ahrar al Sham group, had moved a large convoy of heavy equipment and tanks and hundreds of its fighters away from the Bab al Hawa crossing with Turkey and had headed to areas it controls further south in Idlib province and in the neighboring province of Hama.

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Brazilians funneled as slaves by US church, ex-members say

https://apnews.com/52dc4fbe2fb64cec98740ad1e62b2115/Brazilians-funneled-as-%22slaves%22-by-US-church,-ex-members-say

When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

Trapped in a foreign land, he said he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, first cleaning warehouses for the secretive evangelical church and later toiling at businesses owned by senior ministers. Any deviation from the rules risked the wrath of church leaders, he said, ranging from beatings to shaming from the pulpit.

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BMW, VW and Daimler shares skid on EU probe of German carmakers

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-emissions-cartel-idUSKBN1A90RP?il=0

German auto stocks took a hit in early Monday trading, weighed down by uncertainty over possible antitrust fines after European regulators said they were investigating allegations that carmakers were operating a cartel.

Shares in Volkswagen were down 3.3 percent, with premium rivals Daimler and BMW down 2.9 percent and 2.5 percent respectively, underperforming the blue-chip DAX index, which was 0.4 percent lower, and pushing down the Stoxx 600 index.

The car industry has been hit with billion-euro fines on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years for cartels related to various parts such as lighting systems, engine coolers and bearings.

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Ketamine proven to treat depression among older Australians in 'revolutionary' pilot program

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-24/psychiatrists-optimistic-about-ketamines-use-to-treat-depression/8737638

University of New South Wales researchers at the Black Dog Institute say a pilot program has produced some "astounding" results in a small group of patients over the age of 60.

Professor Colleen Loo led the pilot program treating 16 patients with low dose injections of ketamine, the findings of which were published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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Scotland sets renewable energy record as wind power provides equivalent of 118% of nation's electric

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/scotland-renewable-wind-energy-power-electricity-three-million-homes-118-per-cent-of-households-a7855846.html

Wind power output in Scotland has helped set a new record for the first half of the year, according to an independent conservation group.

Analysis by WWF Scotland of data provided by WeatherEnergy found wind turbines provided around 1,039,001MWh of electricity to the National Grid during June.

Renewable energy figures show the power generated last month was enough to supply the electrical needs equivalent to 118 per cent of Scottish households or nearly three million homes.

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Mali confirms arrest of key jihadist near Timbuktu

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mali-security-idUSKBN1A80J6?il%3D0

Malian and French troops have arrested a close associate of a preacher whose jihadist group has claimed dozens of attacks against Western and Malian targets, Mali's security minister said on Sunday.

Macina Liberation Front, based in central Mali's Mopti region, is led by cleric Amadou Koufa who has called upon followers to take up arms and rebuild the historic Fulani empire of Massina.

"I confirm that the terrorist Alhousseyni Ag Assaleh, in charge of logistics for…the group run by Amadou Koufa was arrested on 8 July during a joint operation with Barkhane in the Timbuktu region," General Salif Traoré told Reuters.

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China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-india-idUSKBN1A90AM

China's defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute.

The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share a 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, large parts of which are disputed.

"Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard," ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a briefing, adding that its ability to defend China's territory and sovereignty had "constantly strengthened".

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Southeast Asia's Grab to get $2.5 billion extra firepower in battle with Uber

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-grab-fundraising-idUSKBN1A906B

Southeast Asian ride-hailing service Grab expects to raise $2.5 billion in a record round of fundraising to cement its lead over Uber Technolgies Inc in the region and grow its payments platform.

Southeast Asia has become a key battleground for technology startups vying for a market of over 600 million people, with a burgeoning middle class as well as a youthful, internet-savvy demographic.

Grab's Chinese peer Didi Chuxing and Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, both of which are existing investors, will contribute up to $2 billion to lead the current financing round, it said in its statement on Monday.

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Timor-Leste election: 'Disenfranchised youth' party wins first seats in parliament

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-23/disenfranchised-youth-party-wins-seats-in-timor-leste-election/8736032

Timor-Leste's largest political parties, Fretilin, the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor and CNRT, the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction, are expected to form a "business as usual" coalition government after polling about 30 per cent of the vote each.

Fretilin claimed victory after a provisional vote count put the party slightly ahead of former resistance leader Xanana Gusmao's CNRT.

"Victory to Fretilin is also victory to Xanana," Fretilin leader Mari Alkatiri said in a statement on his Facebook page.

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White rhinos: Scientists reveal last-ditch attempt to save endangered species with world-first IVF t

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/white-rhinos-northern-ivf-treatment-longleat-endangered-animals-extinction-zoo-a7856021.html

Scientists are hoping to save the critically endangered northern white rhino subspecies by attempting a pioneering IVF treatment.

The breed is the world’s rarest rhino, with only three individuals left – an elderly male and two females. The male, named Sudan, is 43 years old. The average lifespan of rhinos is between 40-50 years.

The females, a mother and daughter, have medical conditions that prevent them from conceiving naturally.

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European banks struggle to solve toxic shipping debt problem

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-banks-shipping-idUSKBN1A90GG?

Dutch shipowner Vroon is finding talks with banks tough going as it tries to navigate a way out of a long slump in the shipping industry. But it is not an easy time for the lenders either.

Vroon, a 127-year-old family-owned group which operates about 200 vessels and transports livestock, oil and other commodities, wants to extend its credit lines and adjust repayment schedules.

But European banks that lent heavily to the sector when it boomed more than a decade ago have a heavy toxic debt burden following the 2008-09 global financial crisis and a shipping markets crash in 2010.

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American student arrested in China has been freed, senator says

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/american-student-arrested-in-china-has-been-freed-senator-says/

Chinese authorities have dropped charges against an American college student who was arrested and detained in the Asian nation a week ago after reportedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother in a fare dispute, a U.S. lawmaker said Sunday.

Guthrie McLean, a University of Montana senior, was released from a detention center in the central China city of Zhengzhou early Monday local time, according to Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana.

"Prayer's answered. Guthrie's home," the 25-year-old student's mother, Jennifer McLean, wrote in an email to Daines' office.

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China's state media warns of further warship deployment to Western waters

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-24/china-state-media-warns-more-warship-deployment-to-western-water/8738328

An influential Beijing-controlled news outlet has warned the recent deployment of a Chinese spy ship close to the Queensland coast is just the "beginning of China's future operations".

The ABC revealed on Saturday that the high-tech Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) vessel was sighted by the Defence Force just outside Australian territorial waters during this month's Talisman Sabre military exercises.

Senior military officials have privately described the People's Liberation Army (PLA) move as "provocative" and "unfriendly", but the Defence Department has insisted the incident did not affect the war games between Australian and US forces.

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Justine Damond: Friends tell policeman to 'have a heart' and say why he shot her

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-24/justine-damonds-friends-tell-policeman-to-have-a-heart/8737394

Close friends of Justine Damond have made an emotional plea to the officer who killed the Australian, urging him to tell investigators why he shot her.

Tom and Carole Hyder have been comforting Ms Damond's fiance Don Damond since the Australian woman was shot by officer Mohamed Noor in an alleyway outside her Minneapolis home.

Police officer Mohamed Noor stands in uniform smiling into the camera.

PHOTO: Mohamed Noor shot Justine Damond as he sat in the passenger seat of a Minneapolis police car (AP: City of Minneapolis)

And they say his grief is being amplified by the lack of answers.

"Have a heart man. There's just families involved. Your family's involved, our family's involved, our friends are involved," Mr Hyder told 7.30.

"Yes, you have a legal right [to refuse to be

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Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/robot-finds-melted-fuel-heap-inside-fukushima-reactor-48797095

Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 1 meter (3 feet) on the bottom inside of a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima's Unit 3 reactor, said the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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Top Merkel aide says Turkey's conduct 'unacceptable'

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-turkey-idUSKBN1A80G6?il=0

Turkey's behavior is "unacceptable" and Germany has a duty to protect its citizens and companies but also wants to maintain strong ties with Ankara, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Sunday.

Relations between the NATO allies have deteriorated since Turkey arrested six rights activists, including one German, two weeks ago as part of a wider crackdown since last year's failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan.

"We want to have good relations with this big and important country but that's only possible if Turkey is and remains a state under the rule of law," Peter Altmaier told newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

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Japan PM Abe denies favors for friend amid falling support

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-politics-abe-idUSKBN1A8106?il=0

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings sinking over a suspected cronyism scandal, on Monday said he had never instructed officials to give preferential treatment to a long-time friend, adding that the latter had never sought favors.

Abe and his aides have repeatedly denied intervening to help Kake Gakuen, an educational institution whose director, Kotaro Kake, is a friend of the prime minister, win approval for a veterinary school in a special economic zone.

Abe's support has plunged below 30 percent in some opinion polls, hit by the suspected scandal and a perception among many voters that his administration is taking them for granted.

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German justice minister open for EU sanctions against Poland

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/german-justice-minister-open-eu-sanctions-poland-48800398?

Germany's justice minister is welcoming possible European Union sanctions against Poland because of that country's controversial judicial reforms.

Minister Heiko Maas on Sunday told the weekly paper Bild am Sonntag that "the independence of the judiciary is in danger in Poland." He says "somebody who gives so little respect to the rule of law has to accept that he isolates himself politically."

The minister added "the EU cannot stand and watch inactively. Rule of law and democracy are the bedrock of the EU."

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Israel says Jerusalem mosque metal detectors to stay

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-idUSKBN1A80DJ?

Israel said on Sunday it would not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest clashes with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security Cabinet on Sunday evening. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would halt security ties with Israel until it scraps the walk-through gates installed at entrances to Al-Aqsa mosque plaza after two police guards were shot dead on July 14.

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Trump Unlikely to Get in Kurds’ Way for Independence: US Politician

http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/365566

The Kurds have big plans and the US President Donald Trump may not get in their way, said Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group.

“In Iraq, Trump is less concerned than his predecessors about the country’s territorial integrity,” Bremmer said in an article published by the American Politico Magazine on July 21.

Regarding the Kurdistan Region’s bid to secede from Iraq, Bremmer said that the US President won’t care much about Baghdad’s views on the Kurdish independence.

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Kabul suicide bombing kills at least 24 and leaves 40 injured

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/kabul-suicide-bombing-latest-car-bomb-afghanistan-capital-explosion-dead-shiites-a7856351.html

A suicide attacker has detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul, killing at least 24 people and wounding 40, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said.

Police cordoned off the area, located near the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq in a part of the city where many of the mainly Shi'ite Hazara community live, but they said the target of the attack was so far unclear.

A small bus owned by the Ministry of Mines had been destroyed, government security sources said.

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ISIL fighters executed by Haftar's forces in Libya

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-fighters-executed-haftar-forces-libya-170723180122413.html

A group of 20 suspected fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group have been executed by the forces of General Khalifa Haftar in Libya, according to a video posted online.

Mahmoud al-Werfalli, the senior leader of Haftar's forces, is seen reading the charges and carrying out an execution himself in a new video posted online on Sunday.

It is believed the executions were carried out on July 17.

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Venezuela congress going ahead despite 'imperial' threat: Maduro

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-politics-idUSKBN1A80RB

Mexico's ruling party is running in third place with less than a year to go before the next presidential election, well behind the new party of leftist hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, an opinion poll showed on Sunday.

Excluding undecided voters, support for President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) stood at 17 percent, 11 percentage points behind the top choice, Lopez Obrador's National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), with 28 percent, the poll by newspaper Reforma showed.

The second most popular option with 23 percent support was the center-right opposition National Action Party, or PAN, which held the presidency between 2000 and 2012.

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Two Jordanians killed and Israeli man injured in shooting at Israeli embassy compound in Amman

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israeli-embassy-amman-attack-jordan-gunfire-injuries-locked-down-jerusalem-violence-al-aqsa-a7856121.html

Two Jordanian men have been shot dead and an Israeli man wounded near the Israeli embassy in Amman.

Jordan's public security directorate said Jordanians had entered a residential building in the embassy's heavily fortified compound to carry out carpentry work before the incident.

A statement did not say what triggered the shooting, which initially wounded three people, or who was responsible.

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Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-iraq-military-idUSKBN1A80HJ?

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.

Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart Erfan al-Hiyali signed a memorandum of understanding which also covered border security, logistics and training, the official news agency IRNA reported.

"Extending cooperation and exchanging experiences in fighting terrorism and extremism, border security, and educational, logistical, technical and military support are among the provisions of this memorandum," IRNA reported after the signing of the accord in Tehran.

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Russia to blame for 'hot war' in Ukraine: U.S. special envoy

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-volker-idUSKBN1A80M4?

Russian aggression is to blame for violence in eastern Ukraine, where people are dying in what should be seen as a "hot war" rather than a "frozen conflict", the U.S. special envoy to the Ukraine peace talks said on a visit to Ukraine on Sunday.

Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, was appointed to his current role on July 7 to help resolve the conflict between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, which has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.

Washington cites the conflict as a key obstacle to better relations with Russia.

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U.S. warship crew found likely at fault in June collision: official

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-navy-idUSKBN1A62FX

The crew of the USS Fitzgerald was likely at fault in the warship's collision with a Philippine cargo ship in June and had not been paying attention to their surroundings, according to initial findings in an investigation, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday.

Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17.

The collision tore a gash below the Fitzgerald's waterline, killing seven sailors in what was the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen's Aden harbor in 2000.

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Fifteen Tory MPs 'to sign Theresa May no confidence letter'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-no-confidence-letter-tory-conservative-mps-jeremy-corbyn-a7855451.html

At least 15 Conservative MPs have reportedly agreed to sign a letter of no confidence in Theresa May.

It comes after the Prime Minister told plotting Tory MPs “it’s me or Jeremy Corbyn” as she insisted a leadership challenge would trigger another general election.

Although the letter of no confidence falls short of the 48 names required to trigger a leadership contest, Parliament’s summer break could prove critical for Ms May’s future.

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Donald Trump to make test run for UK visit

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/343387-donald-trump-to-make-dummy-run-visit-to-uk-report

President Trump will make a “dummy visit” to the United Kingdom this year, amid concerns that an official visit from the U.S. president could embarrass Queen Elizabeth, according to a report from The Daily Mail.

The trial visit, which will not include the traditional pomp and circumstance of an official visit, will include talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump will be invited by to the U.K. for an official visit only if the “dummy” run is a success, according to the British publication.

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Thousands march through Moscow for internet freedom as Russia cracks down ahead of election

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-24/thousands-march-through-moscow-to-call-for-internet-freedom/8736736

More than 2,000 people have marched through the streets of Moscow to demand an end to efforts by Russian authorities to control and monitor what is posted online.

Protesters yelled slogans including, "Truth is stronger than censorship" and, "Free country, free internet", and a handful of people were detained.

For years, Russian authorities largely ignored the internet, preferring to focus on controlling traditional media, television in particular.

But it remains one of the few channels of communication available to those critical of the Kremlin.

Opposition politician and self-declared presidential candidate Alexei Navalny has more than 1.3 million followers on his YouTube

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Kid Rock Running for Senate is No Laughing Matter

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5567-Kid-Rock-Running-for-Senate-is-No-Laughing-Matter

Then there are the critics who pointed out that such surprising announcement may be nothing more than a marketing, promotional ploy to boost his recording career which has not seen that much huge hits in the more recent years, compared to his heydays. He’s had only one single reach any of Billboard’s charts in the past four years. They said he needed to boost his bottom line.

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Police Need your Help: Australian Bomb Murderer Still on the Loose

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5548-Police-Need-your-Help-Australian-Bomb-Murderer-Still-on-the-Loose

Police are now releasing new information regarding John Burrows, who was killed by an explosion at his mother's New South Wales home

Law enforcement now claim that the bomb was remotely detonated, which makes it more likely that this was a premeditated attack against Burrows.

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Every Parent Must Read: YouTube Channels Brainwashing Your Children

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5566-Every-Parent-Must-Read-YouTube-Channels-Brainwashing-Your-Children

youtube.com/watch?v=_3AJhJJmTLU

What appears to be animated entertainment that a parent would allow their child to watch, slowly becomes more disturbing as the time progresses. The “Spider Man” character who's alongside Disney's “Elsa”, first gets brutally attacked by a spider with blood pouring out of his head.

This is called “FROZEN ELSA VS BAD BEE Baby Hulk & Baby Elsa Put Jam on Elsa's Sunscream Stop Motion”

Channel: Toys and Funny Kids Surprise Eggs

2,997,999 views

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Afghan girls robotics team wins silver, meets Ivanka Trump

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/afghan-girls-robotics-teams-meets-ivanka-trump-wins/story?id=48717617

The six Afghan girls who were twice denied U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened at the last minute, won a silver medal for "courageous achievement" Tuesday at the robotics competition they traveled thousands of miles to attend.

The young women, who arrived in the U.S. shortly after midnight on Saturday, participated in the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge, in which teams of young women and men from around the world showcase robots they created. The three-day competition kicked off Sunday at Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall.

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Human Trafficking: 8 People Dead, 30 Injured Inside Hot Truck at Texas-Walmart

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5531-Human-Trafficking-8-People-Dead-30-Injured-Inside-Hot-Truck-at-Texas-Walmart

Many in the truck suffered from heat stroke and dehydration. People inside the truck were mostly adults in their 20s and 30s, with at least two young children.

The driver of the truck remains unidentified, but was arrested and could face federal and state charges.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said authorities were notified after midnight by a Walmart employee, who had been approached by someone in the truck requesting for water.

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Bolivia's President Declares 'Total Independence' from World Bank and IMF

http://ahtribune.com/economy/1803-bolivia-morales-world-bank-imf.html

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has been highlighting his government's independence from international money lending organizations and their detrimental impact the nation, the Telesur TV reported.

"A day like today in 1944 ended Bretton Woods Economic Conference (USA), in which the IMF and WB were established," Morales tweeted. "These organizations dictated the economic fate of Bolivia and the world. Today we can say that we have total independence of them."

Morales has said Bolivia's past dependence on the agencies was so great that the International Monetary Fund had an office in government headquarters and even participated in their meetings.

Bolivia is now in the process of becoming a member of the Southern Common Market, Mercosur and Morales attended the group's summit in Argentina last week.

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The New Texas Tea: Meth Surge Related To The Oil Boom

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5547-The-New-Texas-Tea-Meth-Surge-Related-To-The-Oil-Boom

In the Texas oil fields which were once booming bastions of American success, its now become a haven for drugs and unemployment due to lower oil prices and fracking which has decreased production.

One man, Eddy Lozoya, says he never failed a drug test in the three years total in which he hauled water and sand across the West Texas oil patch, even though he used at least $200 a day in cocaine to keep his eyes open on the incredibly long days behind the wheel of a Kenworth T600 semi-truck.

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Watch: Drug-Crazed BBC Producer Places his Road Rage Victims Under Citizen Arrest

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5551-Watch-Drug-Crazed-BBC-Producer-Places-his-Road-Rage-Victims-Under-Citizen-Arrest

Another one bites the dust in the fake news media today as the BBC ‘Planet Earth’ series producer was filmed by innocent drivers being assaulted by his antics in what appears to be road rage.

Apparently this wildlife producer and director for the popular BBC series, Fergus Beetle, thinks he's above the law as he goes on a trade against a family after he gets out of his car on the M27 near Portsmouth, Hampshire.

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American soldier charged with trying to pass classified military documents to Isis

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/isis-us-solider-ikaika-erik-kang-charged-military-secrets-classified-documents-hawaii-fbi-a7855236.html

>Ikaika Erik Kang is also accused of giving military equipment to undercover FBI agents who he believed were Isis supporters

An American soldier has been charged with attempting to provide material support and military secrets to Isis.

Ikaika Erik Kang, a sergeant military air traffic controller, is accused of trying to pass military documents classified as "secret", a small drone and training to people he believed were Isis supporters but were actually undercover FBI agents.

He is also said to have sworn allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and self-declared leader of Isis.

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Fifteen Tory MPs 'to sign Theresa May no confidence letter'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-no-confidence-letter-tory-conservative-mps-jeremy-corbyn-a7855451.html

>48 signatures are required to trigger a leadership contest

At least 15 Conservative MPs have reportedly agreed to sign a letter of no confidence in Theresa May.

It comes after the Prime Minister told plotting Tory MPs “it’s me or Jeremy Corbyn” as she insisted a leadership challenge would trigger another general election.

Although the letter of no confidence falls short of the 48 names required to trigger a leadership contest, Parliament’s summer break could prove critical for Ms May’s future.

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Black Suspects, Not Described as Black to Urged Public Finally Arrested in Deadly Georgia Road Rage

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5546-Black-Suspects-Not-Described-as-Black-to-Urged-Public-Finally-Arrested-in-Deadly-Georgia-Road-Rage

Two people were arrested in New Orleans for a road rage incident that took place in Tucker, Georgia in March.

Joel Williams, 30, and Alvion Robinson, 27, are accused of shooting a man on Highway 78 near Mountain Industrial Boulevard. The victim, later identified as 52-year-old Gerald Tisdale died a week after after he lost control of his car as a result of the shooting and crashed into a wooded area.

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Resorts in Mexico Drugging American Tourists for Robbery, Sexual Assaults and Extortion

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5515-Resorts-in-Mexico-Drugging-American-Tourists-for-Robbery-Sexual-Assaults-and-Extortion

Tourists in Mexico strongly suspect being drugged in the resorts they stayed in, and fell victims to various crimes after including robbery, sexual assault, extortion, and in one tragic incident even led to the death of a female tourist.

Investigations are still ongoing for the drowning incident involving 20-year-old Abbey Conner that took place at the swim-up bar Iberostar Hotel & Resorts’Paraiso del Mar. The family of the victim also sent a lawyer to the five-star resort frequented by tourists to check out the scene and prepare a report. He noticed something disturbing. The lawyer said: “They serve alcoholic drinks with alcohol of bad quality and in great amounts, mixing different types of drinks.”

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Florida Man Arrested For Bomb Threats To Schools

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5542-Florida-Man-Arrested-For-Bomb-Threats-To-Schools

Police in Franklin County, Illinois, claim they've arrested a Florida man in connection to multiple bomb threats against Sesser-Valier Schools and their surrounding facilities.

The man who law enforcement claim is responsible, 19 year old Gabriel Isaiah Estrada, faces charges of falsely making a terrorist threat, disorderly conduct, intimidation of a minor, and harassment of a minor by electronic means.

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Oregon: 17-Year-Old Teen Starts Gang Shooting with Baby In Arms

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5539-Oregon-17-Year-Old-Teen-Starts-Gang-Shooting-with-Baby-In-Arms

A violent wave of gang related crime has been spreading across Oregon as of late, mostly involving illegal immigrant drug cartels.

Police say a 17 year old Hispanic male handed off a baby he was holding and pulled out a 9mm and began shooting at rival gangbangers in Springfield, Oregon.

The attack occurred outside of a neighborhood market where a 23 year old male was shot in the thigh by the reckless criminal.

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Mother Injures Wrist After Sex Game, Dies of a Rare Flesh-Eating Disease

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5537-Mother-Injures-Wrist-After-Sex-Game-Dies-of-a-Rare-Flesh-Eating-Disease

She thought it was just a “simple” pain on her wrist for having some rather rough sex, but a young mother died from a rare flesh eating disease that was left undetected by doctors when she first had her painful wrist checked-up.

Care assistant Katie Widdowson, 24, shared to her attending doctors she had hurt her wrist after agreeing to be restrained for their lovemaking by her boyfriend in the bedroom. She was diagnosed with just a simple strain and immediately sent home. She had to be rushed back to the hospital, the following day, however, when her condition took a turn for the worse.

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal on Russia sanctions bill, creating limits for Trump

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-idUSKBN1A70L0

U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday, in a bill that would limit any potential effort by President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow.

The Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act, which was passed by the Senate a month ago, was held up in the House of Representatives after Republicans proposed including North Korea sanctions in the bill.

The House is set to vote on Tuesday on a package of bills on sanctions covering Russia, Iran and North Korea, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office. The measure will "hold them accountable for their dangerous actions," McCarthy said in a statement Saturday.

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Video : Black Man Goes On Sexual Assault Spree Of 4 Women In Brooklyn

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5520-Video-Black-Man-Goes-On-Sexual-Assault-Spree-Of-4-Women-In-Brooklyn

Once she arrived home he then forced his disgusting hands over the victim’s mouth, pressed her against the hallway wall, groped her vagina, and demanded she submits to sex, according to police. The woman screamed and fought the attacker which led to the thug running away.

Police then say somewhere around an hour later at about 1 AM the same thug followed a woman, 29, back to her apartment near St. Marks and New York avenues and shoved her inside of the apartment as she opened the door.

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Indigenous rock shelter in Top End pushes Australia's human history back to 65,000 years

http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-07-20/aboriginal-shelter-pushes-human-history-back-to-65,000-years/8719314

New excavations of a rock shelter near Kakadu National Park indicate humans reached Australia at least 65,000 years ago — up to 18,000 years earlier than archaeologists previously thought.

Many scientists already accepted that the shelter, called Madjedbebe, was home to the earliest evidence of humans in Australia.

But now, sophisticated dating of sediments at the site confirms it is one of the most significant cultural and archaeological sites in the world.

A close-up of three stones, one of which is held in a person's hands

Three axes from different layers of the site and a rectangular sharpening stone from the 65,000-year level. (Supplied: Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation/Dominic O'Brien)

Chris Clarkson from the University of Queensland said the new date would have a big impact on our understanding of when humans left Africa and moved through what is now South-East Asia.

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Google Maps adds the International Space Station

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40669381

The International Space Station has become the first "off planet" addition to Google Maps' Street View facility.

Astronauts helped capture 360-degree panoramas of the insides of the ISS modules, as well as views down to the Earth below.

Some of the photography features pop-up text descriptions, marking the first time such annotations have appeared on the Maps platform.

This is not the first time 360-degree imagery has been captured beyond Earth.

In 2015, the European Space Agency published its own interactive tour of the ISS. And last year Nasa repurposed images captured by its Pathfinder mission to Mars to create clips suitable for virtual reality headsets.

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Marines From Detroit Rescued Woman On Mt. Fuji In Japan

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5526-Marines-From-Detroit-Rescued-Woman-On-Mt-Fuji-In-Japan

Ehms and the other Marines then were able to perform emergency medical treatment to the woman, bringing her back to this realm somewhat although she was still “out of it” according to the men.

They placed her on the stretcher and began the hike down the mountain, this time carrying the injured woman to safety.

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Army steps in as severe storms cause chaos in New Zealand

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-zealand-weather-idUSKBN1A7029

The largest city on New Zealand's south island has declared a state of emergency amid a severe storm which has already seen hundreds of homes evacuated across the Pacific island nation, highways cut and soldiers called in to help provide emergency services.

The New Zealand Defense Force mobilized additional troops overnight on Friday, bringing its total deployment to at least a dozen trucks and 140 personnel to provide emergency services and help rescue those trapped by rising flood waters.

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Baby Falls From Second -Story Window of Plano Home in Dallas

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5521-Baby-Falls-From-Second-Story-Window-of-Plano-Home-in-Dallas

KXAS-TV reports that according to the Plano Fire Department, the baby was taken by a helicopter from the home in the 5800 block of Dove Creek Lane and flown to Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

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Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-bodies-idUSKBN1A70Q9

Seven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say.

The corpses have been shipped to Misrata, a city further to the west whose forces led the fight to defeat Islamic State in Sirte in December.

Allowing the bodies to be shipped home to countries such as Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt would be sensitive for the governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

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Two Palestinians die after clashes with Israeli forces

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/palestinians-die-clashes-israeli-forces-170722194250313.html

Two Palestinians have died in separate incidents after clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Oday Nawajaa, 17, died of his injuries on Saturday after being hit by Israeli live fire at al-Eizariya town east of Jerusalem, the ministry said.

Another Palestinian aged 18 died in the West Bank village of Abu Dis when a petrol bomb he was planning to throw at Israeli security forces exploded prematurely, according to the ministry.

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ISIL women recruits detained in Mosul

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-women-recruits-detained-mosul-170722190720527.html

Sixteen women, including a 16-year-old German girl who ran away from home, have been arrested in Mosul as Iraqi forces re-captured the northern city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Three Iraqi intelligence officials told the Associated Press news agency on Saturday that the women were among 26 foreigners taken into custody in Mosul. Two were men and eight were children.

Speaking to the AP on the condition of anonymity, the officials said some of those arrested were from Chechnya, and the women were from Russia, Iran, Syria, France, Belgium and Germany.

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HMP Hewell: Security teams called to prison 'incident'

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-40695607

Specially-trained prison security teams were called to an "incident" at HMP Hewell.

Tornado squads, which are equipped to deal with riots, arrived at the prison near Redditch in Worcestershire late on Saturday night.

It is understood a handful of prisoners were attempting to cause damage to a wing.

The Prison Service said a "small number" of inmates at the category B jail were involved in the disturbance.

Men shouting and swearing, as well as banging and dogs barking, could be heard coming from the prison.

Tornado squads arrived at the site in unmarked vans using blue lights and sirens at about 19:30 BST.

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Turkey reissues warrant for 4 activists after release

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkey-reissues-warrant-activists-release-48789079

Turkey's official news agency says a court has reissued detention warrants for four human rights activists who were released earlier this week.

Anadolu news agency said the court on Friday accepted an objection filed by the Istanbul prosecutor's office to the activists' release. The four activists were initially released Tuesday after surrendering their passports and they were required to regularly present themselves at a police station.

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Indonesian President tells police to shoot foreign drug dealers who resist arrest

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-22/widodo-orders-officers-to-shoot-drug-dealers-who-resist-arrest/8734652

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest, saying the country faces a "narcotics emergency".

"Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest," Mr Widodo said in a speech at an event held by one of Indonesia's political parties.

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Jerusalem: Metal detectors at holy site 'could be removed'

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40695132

Israel is willing to consider alternatives to controversial metal detectors it installed at a holy site in Jerusalem, a senior official says.

Major General Yoav Mordechai called on the Muslim world to put forward other suggestions.

Israel installed the detectors after two Israeli policemen were killed near there earlier this month.

The measures angered the Palestinians, who accuse Israel of trying to take control over a sacred place.

Tensions over the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount, have surged in the past couple of days.

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Hungarian PM offers support to Poland in row with EU

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-poland-politics-judiciary-hungary-idUSKBN1A70C1?

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday that Budapest would defend Poland as the European Union threatens Warsaw with sanctions over its plans to extend government control over its courts.

Poland is overhauling its supreme court despite street protests against the move and the threat of EU penalties.

"The inquisition offensive against Poland can never succeed because Hungary will use all legal options in the European Union to show solidarity with the Poles," Orban said in an annual speech that was televised from Baile Tusnad, Romania, where he was attending a gathering of conservative leaders.

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Hilarious gallery of failed female disguises used by fleeing jihadis – including one fighter

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4072348/fleeing-jihadis-disguise-of-eyeshadow-and-lipstick-foiled-as-he-forgets-beard/

It even appears he added a couple of beauty spots to his cheeks to complete the makeover.

He clearly forgot about his moustache and goatee beard and ended up looking more like The Joker.

The picture of the headscarf wearing fugitive was released after he was captured by the Iraqi army in Mosul.

A second snap showed him in his usual battlefield look.

Jihadists have been so desperate to avoid being detained by forces that have liberated the city.

Other pictures released by Iraqi forces show the ISIS fighters’ hapless attempts at dressing as women.

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South Africa's Sisulu says ANC must return to its roots, fight graft

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-south-africa-politics-idUSKBN1A70PA?il=0

South African housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu launched her bid on Saturday to succeed scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by vowing to help save the ruling party from infighting and corruption.

Sisulu, a veteran cabinet minister who comes from a prominent family in the struggle against apartheid, last week joined the crowded race to replace Zuma in a party leadership contest in December.

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Venezuelan Opposition Announces New Anti-Maduro Strike

https://www.voanews.com/a/venezuela-opposition-announces-new-anti-maduro-strike/3955399.html

Venezuela's opposition announced on Saturday it would hold a two-day strike next week among other protests designed to pressure President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial July 30 election for a new congress.

As well as the intended shutdown for Wednesday and Thursday, mass marches would be held on Monday and Friday, officials for the Democratic Unity coalition told reporters.

Meanwhile, a young Venezuelan violinist who has become one of the best-known faces of protests against President Nicolas Maduro was injured on Saturday in violent clashes in Caracas.

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Charlie Gard: Death threats sent to Great Ormond Street staff

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40691478

Staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital have received death threats over the treatment of baby Charlie Gard.

The hospital said police had been called after families were "harassed" and "unacceptable behaviour" was recorded in the hospital.

It is involved in a legal battle to remove life support from the 11-month-old, who has a rare genetic disorder.

His parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard said they did not condone abuse and had also faced "nasty and hurtful remarks".

Charlie, who was born on 4 August 2016, has a form of mitochondrial disease, a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and irreversible brain damage, and his parents want to take him to the US for pioneering treatment.

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Israeli raid, Jerusalem clashes ratchet tensions higher

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence-idUSKBN1A709M

Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and its police broke up a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians in Jerusalem as international concern mounted over the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two sides for years.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said one Palestinian was killed during a separate clash outside the city, taking the death toll from the past two days to seven. It did not provide details of how he died.

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Women burn burqas and men shave beards to celebrate liberation from Isis in Syria

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-syria-raqqa-women-civilians-burning-burqas-freed-liberated-shaving-beards-terrorism-terrorist-a7854431.html

Syrian civilians celebrated their escape from an Isis stronghold in Raqqa by burning burqas, which they were forced to wear under the group’s oppressive rule.

A group of women pulled off the black robes over their dresses and set them alight after their families were liberated from the city in the north of Syria on Thursday.

They cursed the strict dress code imposed by Isis, who order women to cover their faces and wear loose-fitting gowns over their bodies.

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Iran announces new missile production line: state media

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-security-missiles-idUSKBN1A70KA?

Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran.

The Sayyad 3 missile can reach an altitude of 27 km (16 miles) and travel up to 120 km (74 miles), Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan said at a ceremony.

The missile can target fighter planes, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and helicopters, Dehghan said.

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Brazil's Corruption Crisis Is Everyone's Problem

http://www.huffpostbrasil.com/entry/brazil-corruption-lula-global-problem_us_596f89fae4b05453c5ccf699

The world’s largest nonnuclear power and fourth-largest democracy is in the midst of a political crisis it can’t seem to escape.

Over the past three years, Brazil’s ever-growing corruption scandal has enveloped hundreds of politicians. President Dilma Rousseff was impeached last fall. And last Wednesday, Brazil’s problems got even worse: A federal judge convicted the country’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, on charges of corruption and money laundering.

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NSA chief on Russia-U.S. cyber unit: Now is 'not the best time'

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-idUSKBN1A70PM

National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers on Saturday rebuffed the prospect for a U.S.-Russia cyber unit, a proposal which has been greeted with incredulity by several senior U.S. lawmakers and which President Donald Trump himself appeared to back down from after initially indicating interest.

U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats' emails and distributing online propaganda to help Trump win the election over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Moscow has denied any interference, and Trump has said that his campaign did not collude with Russia.

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German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/german-runaway-girl-converted-islam-found-iraq-48789102

A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials.

The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy in Iraq, prosecutor Lorenz Haase said from the eastern German city of Dresden.

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EU sounds alarm, urges U.S. to coordinate on Russia sanctions

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-eu-idUSKBN1A70R3

The European Union sounded an alarm on Saturday about moves in the U.S. Congress to step up U.S. sanctions on Russia, urging Washington to keep coordinating with its G7 partners and warning of unintended consequences.

In a statement by a spokeswoman after Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress reached a deal that could see new legislation pass, the European Commission warned of possibly "wide and indiscriminate" "unintended consequences", notably on the EU's efforts to diversify energy sources away from Russia.

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British woman jailed in Dubai for having consensual sex after complaining ex-lover was harassing her

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/british-woman-dubai-sex-consensual-islamic-uae-muslim-ex-lover-harrasment-a7853571.html?amp

A British woman has reportedly been sentenced to one year in prison in Dubai for having consensual sex, after her ex-lover threatened to expose their affair to her friends and family.

The unnamed woman and her Pakistani ex-lover have been found guilty of having sex outside marriage, which is illegal in the UAE, after she flew out to visit him for a week in 2016 following a three year relationship on Facebook.

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Russian envoy, at heart of U.S. investigations, ends tenure in Washington

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-diplomacy-idUSKBN1A70TF?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews

Russia's ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak, a key figure in ongoing U.S. investigations into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, ended his tenure on Saturday.

The Russian embassy in Washington said on its Twitter feed that Minister-Counseler and Deputy Chief of Mission Denis V. Gonchar would serve as Charge d'Affaires until Kislyak's successor arrived.

Kislyak, who held the post since 2008, is expected to be replaced by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov.

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US strike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand province

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/16-afghan-police-killed-us-strike-officials-060104287.html

A US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington's efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country.

The incident took place in Helmand province on Friday as Afghan security forces attempted to clear a village of Taliban militants, Salam Afghan, a police spokesman, told AFP.

"In the strike, 16 Afghan policemen were killed including two commanders. Two other policemen were wounded," he said.

The strike hit a compound in Gereshk district in Helmand, large parts of which are under Taliban control.

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American Soldier Accused of Collaborating with ISIS By Sharing Military Secrets

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5518-American-Soldier-Accused-of-Collaborating-with-ISIS-By-Sharing-Military-Secrets

Sergeant military air traffic controller Ikaika Erik Kang is accused of trying to pass military documents classified as “secret”, giving away a drone and providing training to people who he believed were ISIS supporters. In truth, they were undercover FBI agents.

Kang is also said to have sworn allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and self-declared leader of the extremist militant group ISIS.

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Donald Trump asks lawyers about powers to pardon himself and his children in Russia probe, report re

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-pardon-robert-s-mueller-special-counsel-russia-a7852181.html

Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.

Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

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India's Delhi government tells Philip Morris to remove all ads

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pmi-india-advertisements-idUSKBN1A70N5?il=0

The state government in India's capital told Philip Morris International Inc and other tobacco companies on Saturday to remove all advertisements from tobacco shops in the city, warning them of legal action if they do not comply.

The order, sent by Delhi state's chief tobacco control officer S. K. Arora, comes days after Reuters reported that Philip Morris was promoting Marlboro cigarettes, the world's best-selling brand, by advertising them at tobacco shops and distributing free cigarette samples. Government officials say such tactics flout the law.

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Israeli student admits stealing Auschwitz artefacts for artistic exhibition

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-student-auschwitz-theft-rotem-bides-admits-stealing-artefacts-for-art-a7849781.html

An Israeli art student is facing criminal charges in Poland for stealing items from the Auschwitz Holocaust memorial site which she used in an exhibition, Israeli media has reported.

27-year-old Rotem Bides made six separate trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau in recent years in which she took objects such as spoons, burnt soup bowls, pieces of glass and a sign warning visitors not to remove anything.

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Russian parliament bans use of proxy Internet services, VPNs

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/russian-parliament-bans-proxy-internet-services-vpns-48768537

Russia's parliament has outlawed the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other Internet proxy services, citing concerns about the spread of extremist materials.

The State Duma on Friday unanimously passed a bill that would oblige Internet providers to block websites that offer VPN services. Many Russians use VPNs to access blocked content by routing connections through servers outside the country.

The lawmakers behind the bill argued that the move could help to enforce Russia's ban on disseminating extremist content online.

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Watch: Fired Mexican Employee At Texas Taco Bell Spergs Out

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5516-Watch-Fired-Mexican-Employee-At-Texas-Taco-Bell-Spergs-Out

He calls out the manager for throwing the heavy container at his mother and crosses into the employees-only food preparation area, where the angry Mexican manager then rips his shirt off, with customers at the drive through window, and squares up to fight the now-terminated employee’s son.

The manager, who employees call “Arturo” in the video, is later seen taking off his shirt provoking the woman and her son by saying he’s a “pistolero.”

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UK to bring in drone registration

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40684581

The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft.

It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz).

Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures.

There is no time frame or firm plans as to how the new rules will be enforced and the Department of Transport admitted that "the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out".

The drone safety awareness test will involve potential flyers having to "prove that they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations", it said.

The plans also include the extension of geo-fencing, in which no-fly zones are programmed into drones using GPS co-ordinates, around areas such as prisons and airports.

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Oklahoma Man Arrested For Smashing 3-Month-Old Baby Against Wall

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5514-Oklahoma-Man-Arrested-For-Smashing-3-Month-Old-Baby-Against-Wall

An Oklahoma City man is behind bars after his ex-girlfriend claims he smashed her three month old baby against a wall.

The mother, Pandora Smithpeter, says that her son, Triton, was only three months old when the violent incident took place.

Pandora says that she was taking a shower at her southwest Oklahoma City apartment when she heard crying from her child, and then her then boyfriend, Deven Chapin, walked into the bathroom where she was showering.

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U.S. general says allies worry Russian war game may be 'Trojan horse'

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-nato-usa-idUSKBN1A52WO

U.S. allies in eastern Europe and Ukraine are worried that Russia's planned war games in September could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at leaving behind military equipment brought into Belarus, the U.S. Army's top general in Europe said on Thursday.

Russia has sought to reassure NATO that the military exercises will respect international limits on size, but NATO and U.S. official remain wary about their scale and scope.

U.S. Army Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, who heads U.S. Army forces in Europe, told Reuters in an interview that allied officials would keep a close eye on military equipment brought in to Belarus for the Zapad 2017 exercise, and whether it was removed later.

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Liberal Hippies Arrested For Murdering 8-Month-Old Baby

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5513-Liberal-Hippies-Arrested-For-Murdering-8-Month-Old-Baby

Rowan County Police in Concord, North Carolina, are now praising officers for the capture of a savage child killer.

Police say the disgusting leftist hippie turned baby killer, Houston Ray McCarn, has been finally arrested after being found at the Howard Johnson Motel in Concord

Rowan County Police Detectives say that McCarn along with his girlfriend Amber Scarborough, were both wanted for for the First Degree Murder of Kingston Aistrop, and Felony Child Abuse Causing Serious Body Injury.

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Watch: Florida Bro Livestreams Drunken Beach Rally Run - Leaves Wake of Terror

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5503-Watch-Florida-Bro-Livestreams-Drunken-Beach-Rally-Run-Leaves-Wake-of-Terror

Once again the infamous ‘Florida Man’ is making headlines, this time while driving down a Clearwater, Florida, beach running over chairs and umbrellas while taking shots from a bottle of Canadian Mist Whiskey.

The best part of the story? He livestreamed the entire drunken rampage on Facebook. The drunken redneck was being chased by the police the entire time. The video starts of him driving down the beach saying “Yeah we're f*cking g*damn live bru

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Mexico City spike in crime, violence sparks fears of cartel warfare

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence-idUSKBN1A700J

The sight of vehicles set ablaze by cartels has mostly been confined to lawless stretches of Mexico's provinces, so the appearance of burning buses in Mexico City this week has stoked fears that the drug gangs' violence is spreading to the capital.

The so-called narco-blockade on Thursday in the tough Mexico City suburb of Tlahuac occurred after Mexican marines gunned down eight suspected gangsters in broad daylight, a highly unusual incident that underlined a recent spike in violent crime.

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German president OKs gay marriage law, takes effect in fall

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/21/german-president-oks-gay-marriage-law-takes-effect-in-fall.html

Germany's president has signed legislation legalizing gay marriage, his office said Friday, paving the way for the bill to take effect this fall.

Lawmakers approved the bill on June 30 in parliament's last session before Germany's September election. The move became possible after Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservative party had long been reluctant to budge on the issue, said she would allow its lawmakers to vote according to their conscience.

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Five Ukraine troops die in fierce clash with Donetsk rebels

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40679517

The Ukrainian military says five of its soldiers died in heavy rebel shelling of Ukrainian army positions at Avdiivka just north of rebel-held Donetsk.

Three Ukrainian troops died earlier when a mine blew up, the military said.

The US Department of State called it "the deadliest one-day period in 2017" in the eastern Ukraine conflict.

In a video tweet on Thursday, the state department blamed the "Russian-led" rebels for the flare-up and urged both sides to observe the fragile ceasefire.

Ukraine map - rebel-held territory

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Social housing crisis: Number of homeless children in temporary accommodation soars by 40%

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/social-housing-homeless-children-temporary-accomodation-rise-40-per-cent-over-third-a7853861.html

The number of homeless children living in temporary accommodation has soared by almost 40 per cent in the past three years, new figures reveal, compounding fears Britain is facing a “catastrophic” housing crisis.

Councils are housing 120,540 children with their families in temporary shelter, an increase of 32,650 extra children since 2014.

Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey said ministers should "hang their heads in shame" over the "shocking" figures.

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Far-right millennials set out to sea to 'defend Europe' from migrants

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-farright-millennials-idUSKBN1A61J6?il=0

Far-right millennials set out to sea to 'defend Europe' from migrants

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Five Ukraine troops die in fierce clash with Donetsk rebels

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40679517

The Ukrainian military says five of its soldiers died in heavy rebel shelling of Ukrainian army positions at Avdiivka just north of rebel-held Donetsk.

Three Ukrainian troops died earlier when a mine blew up, the military said.

The US Department of State called it "the deadliest one-day period in 2017" in the eastern Ukraine conflict.

In a video tweet on Thursday, the state department blamed the "Russian-led" rebels for the flare-up and urged both sides to observe the fragile ceasefire.

The rebels also reported clashes on Thursday but did not confirm the Ukrainian death toll.

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Vladimir Putin: 'I may not leave Russian presidency'

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/21/vladimir-putin-i-may-not-leave-russian-presidency?CMP=twt_gu

A question-and-answer session at a Sochi school was designed to make Putin seem youth-friendly after recent youth demonstrations

Asked what he plans to do when he leaves the presidency, Vladimir Putin paused and smiled. “But I haven’t decided yet if I will leave the presidency,” the Russian leader replied, to laughter and applause from an audience made up almost entirely of Russians who were born after he first became president in 2000.

A month after thousands of young Russians took to the streets to protest against corruption among the Kremlin elite, Putin held a set-piece discussion event on Friday with hundreds of children, in an apparent attempt to portray himself as a youth-friendly president.

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Court blocks $18 billion British class action against MasterCard

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mastercard-court-fees-idUSKBN1A61DJ

A 14 billion pound ($18 billion) class action lawsuit against MasterCard for allegedly overcharging more than 45 million people in Britain over a 16-year period was blocked by a British court on Friday.

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), a newly-empowered court that oversees Britain's fledgling class action regime, ruled that it would not grant the necessary collective proceedings order for the case to proceed to trial.

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Want Asylum? Go to Canada #MAGA

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5497-Want-Asylum-Go-to-Canada-MAGA

In another display of “I'm just not sick of winning”, the number of asylum seekers that are now flowing across the border has increased for the month of June. Here's the clincher: They're not crossing into the U.S. border, they're crossing into Canada.

While Justin Trudeau preaches his never ending open borders mantra of idiocracy, those asylum seekers that once flooded into America, are now infesting Canada.

Newly released government figures show that those same asylum seekers crossing into the unknown wilderness of degeneracy in Canada were published on Friday, showing that the Trump effect has been meme’d into a reality.

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Three Israelis stabbed to death in West Bank attack

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40685369

Three Israeli civilians have been stabbed to death in a settlement near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Another Israeli was wounded in the attack in Halamish. The Israeli army says the attacker was shot and caught.

The attack came near the end of a day of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces over new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site.

Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds were hurt in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he is freezing all contacts with Israel after it installed metal detectors at the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

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Germany overhauls Turkey policy

http://www.dw.com/en/germany-overhauls-turkey-policy/a-39766611

Germany's foreign minister interrupted his vacation on the North Sea to return to Berlin to deliver the most strongly worded statement yet against Turkey's imprisonment of German journalists and human rights activists.

"We want Turkey to be a part of the West, or at least remain in its current position, but it takes two to tango," Sigmar Gabriel at a press conference in Berlin. "I cannot make out any willingness on the part of the current Turkish government to follow this path with us. For that reason Germany is forced to reorient its Turkey policy. The first consequences will be new travel advisories for German citizens in Turkey."

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Special counsel asks White House to save Trump Jr., Russian meeting documents

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1A61T6

The special counsel investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia has asked White House officials to preserve any records of a meeting last year between the president's eldest son and a Russian lawyer, according to a source with knowledge of the request.

Special counsel Robert Mueller sent a document preservation request to the White House, saying the June 2016 meeting that Donald Trump Jr. had at Trump Tower in New York is relevant to his investigation, the source said on Friday.

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Number of terrorist attacks, deaths globally dropped in 2016, US State Department says

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-20/number-of-terrorist-attacks-globally-dropped-in-2016-report/8725994

The number of terrorist attacks worldwide and deaths from such attacks dropped in 2016 for the second straight year, the US State Department has said, driven by decreases in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen.

The total number of terrorist attacks in 2016 dropped 9 per cent compared to 2015, while fatalities caused by the attacks fell 13 per cent, the department said in a report on global terrorism.

The Sunni militant group Islamic State was the deadliest terrorist group last year, carrying out 20 per cent more attacks in Iraq and causing 69 per cent more deaths there compared to 2015.

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German carmakers may have colluded on diesel systems: Spiegel

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-emissions-cartel-idUSKBN1A61G9

Germany's carmakers VW (VOWG_p.DE), BMW, Audi, Porsche may have colluded to fix the prices of diesel emissions treatment systems using industry committees, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

Germany's cartel authority declined to comment on the report, which sent car stocks tumbling.

Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), Daimler and BMW shares were down 3.9 percent, 2.7 percent and 2.8 percent respectively, underperforming Germany's blue-chip DAX index which was down 1.9 percent by 1401 GMT.

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Trump warns Iran over detained Americans: White House

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-idUSKBN1A62Q3?il=0

U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly detained American citizens were released and returned, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

Trump urged Iran to return Robert Levinson, an American former law enforcement officer who disappeared more than 10 years ago in Iran, and demanded that Tehran release businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer.

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U.S. withholds Pakistan reimbursement over Haqqani network - Pentagon

http://in.reuters.com/article/usa-pakistan-military-idINKBN1A61MZ

The United States will withhold $50 million remaining in military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 because Defense Secretary Jim Mattis believes that Islamabad has not done enough to blunt the Islamist militant Haqqani network, a U.S. official said on Friday.

The decision was not the first time that the Pentagon has declined to make military reimbursements to Pakistan. Last year, it withheld $300 million. Pakistan has been reimbursed $550 million of the $900 million it was authorized to receive in fiscal year 2016.

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Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestine-idUSKBN1A62IS?il=0

Six people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem's holiest site.

Three Israelis were stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City.

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Venezuela will 'turn into a bloodbath' warns Organization of American States chief asanti-government

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4714384/Venezuela-turn-bloodbath-warns-official.html

Venezuela is on the brink of turning into a bloodbath according to the Organization of American States (OAS) chief as an anti-government protester was burned alive in riots.

OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro issued the stark warning in his latest report, which highlights the plight of the country's citizens amid ongoing political tensions that have resulted in around 100 deaths.

President Nicholas Maduro has been accused of trying to become a dictator in his quest of changing Venezuela's constitution.

It comes as grim details have been brought to light of one demonstrator who was stoned and set on fire in the city of Lecheria, in the northern Venezuelan state of Anzoátegui.

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U.S. rice to be exported to China for first time

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-rice-to-be-exported-to-china-for-first-time/

U.S. rice farmers will now be able to export rice to China, according to a new agreement announced today by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

The agreement comes after more than a decade of negotiations between U.S. Department of Agriculture officials and the Chinese government.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue called this agreement "an exceptional opportunity" with "enormous potential for growth" in a press release.

China is the largest consumer, producer, and importer of rice, as the nation eats the equivalent of the entire U.S. rice crop in under two weeks, according to USA Rice, an industry association. Each year China fills its plate with almost 5 million tons of imported rice, according to the USDA.

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Africa Set To "Leapfrog" Over Coal And Choose Renewable Energy Instead

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/africa-leapfrog-coal-choose-renewable-energy-instead/

Despite America’s temporary lack of leadership on the climate crisis, there is a good chance that a prolonged catastrophe can be avoided. Thanks to a combination of market forces, an unprecedented surge in climate activism, and the increasingly concrete global cooperation on the issue, renewable energy is proliferating across the planet like never before.

Much of the developing world is still heavily reliant on coal, and despite massive investments in solar and wind power, populous nations like India are still set to be prolific polluters. When it comes to the African continent, however, something rather interesting is happening: Many of its countries are set to leapfrog over coal and head straight for clean energy electricity sources.

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Interpol 'circulates list of Isis fighters who may try to reach Europe'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/interpol-isis-list-fighters-try-reach-europe-iraq-syria-a7854316.html

A list of 173 suspected Isis fighters - possibly trained to bomb and launch suicide attacks in Europe - has been reportedly circulated by Interpol.

Sent out by the general secretariat of the world's largest police organisation on May 27, the list was created using information found in the group's "hiding places", according to The Guardian.

The list is said to feature suspects' names, the date they were recruited, last address, the mosque they have been praying at, their mother's name and any photographs.

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Police: Errant US bombing kills 12 Afghan security forces

https://apnews.com/98da1bc9b9a04601a222f40d286a88b3/Police:-Errant-US-bombing-kills-12-Afghan-security-forces?

An errant U.S. airstrike confirmed by the Pentagon killed 12 Afghan National Police officers and wounded two others, Helmand provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi said Saturday.

The death toll in Friday’s airstrike was determined after a site inspection of the compound in the Gereshk district, he said.

The United States in a statement confirmed that the airstrike on the Security Forces compound happened during a U.S.-supported operation against Taliban insurgents in the area. In the statement the U.S. offered its condolences to the families of the security forces who were killed.

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British police may have helped Saudi Arabia arrest men due to be executed, MPs reveal

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/saudi-arabia-14-executions-uk-british-police-training-mp-letter-theresa-may-reprieve-a7852211.html

Training by British police may have directly helped Saudi agents arrest more than a dozen people now believed to be facing execution, it is feared.

MPs including ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband have written to Theresa May asking her to "personally urge" the Saudi royal family to halt the killings.

Human rights charity Reprieve said the 14 prisoners included a disabled man and a student, Mujtaba al-Sweikat, arrested in 2012 when he was only 17.

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Google Maps adds the International Space Station

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40669381

The International Space Station has become the first "off planet" addition to Google Maps' Street View facility.

Astronauts helped capture 360-degree panoramas of the insides of the ISS modules, as well as views down to the Earth below.

Some of the photography features pop-up text descriptions, marking the first time such annotations have appeared on the Maps platform.

This is not the first time 360-degree imagery has been captured beyond Earth.

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Moldova calls on Russia to withdraw troops from breakaway region

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-moldova-russia-military-idUSKBN1A61R0

Moldovan lawmakers on Friday called on Russia to pull troops out of the pro-Moscow breakaway region of Transdniestria, speaking out in a stormy parliament session that underlined the split in the nation's loyalties between the West and Russia.

Sixty-one MPs in the 101-member assembly approved a symbolic statement that called for Russia to withdraw troops, weapons and other military equipment from Transdniestria, which seceded from the ex-Soviet republic in 1990.

The main opposition Socialists left the chamber in protest, calling it a provocation that would worsen relations with Russia and damage efforts to achieve a lasting settlement of Transdniestria's status.

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Justine Damond shooting: Police chief Janee Harteau quits

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40690191

A police chief in the US state of Minnesota has resigned after one of her officers fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman.

Justine Damond was killed after she called the police to report a woman screaming outside her home in a quiet suburb of Minneapolis last week.

Police chief Janee Harteau had earlier said it "should not have happened".

The city's mayor accepted her resignation, saying she had lost confidence in Ms Harteau.

Ms Damond's death provoked outrage in her homeland, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it "inexplicable" and "a shocking killing".

The 40-year-old yoga and meditation teacher, originally from Sydney, was shot when she approached a police car after reporting a suspected rape.

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US air raid kills Afghan police in Helmand

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/air-raid-kills-afghan-police-helmand-170722041830962.html

Police say 16 dead in strike confirmed by US military as having killed 'friendly Afghan forces in a compound'.

An errant US air strike has killed Afghan police in the southern province of Helmand, the US military and local officials said.

The air strike on a compound took place on Friday afternoon after Afghan police had retaken a checkpoint captured by the Taliban a day earlier in Gereshk district, north of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

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Yemen cholera to spread with rains; Oxfam sees 600,000 cases

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-cholera-who-idUSKBN1A61GY

Yemen's cholera outbreak is far from being controlled and may be further exacerbated by the rainy season, even if the rate of new cases appears to be slowing in some hotspots, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

Oxfam projected the number could rise to more than 600,000 cases, "the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began", exceeding Haiti in 2011.

Nigel Timmins, the charity's humanitarian director who has just returned from the country, said: "Cholera has spread unchecked in a country already on its knees after two years of war and which is teetering on the brink of famine. For many people, weakened by war and hunger, cholera is the knockout blow."

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First aider who collapsed during lesson saved by trainees

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-40671338

A retired nurse talked his trainees through saving his own life when he suffered heart failure during a CPR lecture.

David Knowles was delivering a first aid course to members of his Exeter church group when he started feeling unwell.

The 77-year-old said he felt dizzy and weak, and had to lie down.

He then instructed his trainees, who thought he was role playing, on what to do before he passed out.

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Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as client

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-lawyer-exclusive-idUSKBN1A61LZ

The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia's FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents seen by Reuters show.

The documents show that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, successfully represented the FSB's interests in a legal wrangle over ownership of an upscale property in northwest Moscow between 2005 and 2013.

The FSB, successor to the Soviet-era KGB service, was headed by Vladimir Putin before he became Russian president.

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North Korea tourism: US to ban Americans from visiting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/40680500

The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the ban would be published next week in the Federal Register, to come into effect 30 days later.

US officials linked the move to the death of jailed American student Otto Warmbier.

Once the ban is in effect, US citizens will need special validation to travel to or within North Korea.

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Government approved arms sales to 20 countries on its own list of human rights abusers, say campaign

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/uk-arms-deals-sales-countries-human-rights-abusers-bahrain-saudi-arabia-israel-caat-bae-systems-a7853416.html

The Government has approved licences for arms deals to two-thirds of the countries on its own list of human rights abusers, a campaign group has said.

Boris Johnson's Foreign Office released its annual human rights report on Friday including a list of 30 countries, like Bahrain, China, Saudi Arabia and Israel, it had given “priority” status in 2016.

But in the same year, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) said, the UK licensed £820m of arms to 20 countries on the list.

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Vox Claims Tucker Carlson A ‘White Supremacist’

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5484-Vox-Claims-Tucker-Carlson-A-White-Supremacist

Yes, White Nationalists tend to have a dark sense of humor, and most often they're politically incorrect by social justice standards, but there's nothing wrong with Whites being proud of their heritage and culture and defending their right to exist.

If you disagree with that, and you're not critical of Black Lives Matter or the NAACP or GLAAD or any LGBTQ group or the ADL or other Jewish or Arabic or whatever groups set to protect the rights of those people, then you are clearly an Anti-White bigot. All people have the right to exist.

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"Great American Eclipse": Excitement builds for total solar eclipse Aug. 21

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/total-solar-eclipse-august-21-2017/

>On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy – and study – a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.

It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the "Great American Eclipse."

"It really is fortunate," said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the eclipse from 68 sites along the path of totality.

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State Department Quietly Designated CIA Funded Rebels As Terrorists Today

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5489-State-Department-Quietly-Designated-CIA-Funded-Rebels-As-Terrorists-Today

“A list of State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations and SDGTs is available here: state.gov/j/ct/list/index.htm.”

The Liwa Shuhada al-Yarmouk, also known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, and the second, Harakat al-Muthanna al-Islamiyyah, the Muthanna Islamic Movement, joined forces and advanced upon territories in Syria in which they effectively split in half the territory held by nationalist rebels in the southern province of Dara'a.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigns amid shooting controversy

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/janee-harteau-minnesota-police-chief-resigns-amid-justine-damond-shooting-controversy/

Amid controversy stemming from her response to another in a string of headline-making police shootings, Janee Harteau has resigned as Minneapolis police chief, CBS Minnesota reports.

On Thursday, five days after the police shooting of Justine Damond in south Minneapolis, Harteau spoke publicly for the first time. She had been out of town since the shooting, on vacation.

"Justine didn't have to die. Based on the BCA information, this should not have happened. We're talking about the actions of one individual," Harteau said.

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Anthrax Mail Terror Faked

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5486-Anthrax-Mail-Terror-Faked

According to the fire chief and first responders, six court employees were in the room where the letter was opened.

Those six underwent a decontamination process in a tent outside the building, according to Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services Director Todd Shroyer.

Shroyer also said that the people were then transported from there by squad to Coshocton County Regional Medical Center where they went through a second decontamination at a tent outside the hospital entryway. This was a precautionary tactic he said in order to prevent contamination of those inside the facility.

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Officials "very sorry" for fining little girl over lemonade stand

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lemonade-stand-london-girl-fine-unlicensed-vending-lovebox-festival/

A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention after being fined for selling lemonade outside.

Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her 150 pounds ($195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London.

The girl was selling home-made lemonade to fans attending the Lovebox festival when she was fined.

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Chester Bennington Dies The Same Day As Good Friend Chris Cornell’s Birthday

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5466-Chester-Bennington-Dies-The-Same-Day-As-Good-Friend-Chris-Cornell-s-Birthday

There are suicide experts who believe that momentous occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries can serve as “triggers” of intense emotions for people who have lost loved ones and even close friends to suicide- increasing the affected persons’ own risk to suicide.

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Man Fatally Stabs Dog That Sided With Girlfriend in Arguments: Cops

https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-fatally-stabs-dog-sided-183600995.html

A Florida man was arrested this week after cops say he stabbed a dog for always taking his girlfriend's side in arguments.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Mike Lado, 26, came home drunk Wednesday morning before getting into an argument with his live-in girlfriend.

According to the police report, Lado went into the kitchen and retrieved a knife then stabbed the dog twice as it approached him.

According to WINK, the girlfriend told deputies that the dog, a rescue named Blu, was not being aggressive when it followed Lado into the kitchen.

Instead, police say they believe Lado killed the pit bull because it showed favoritism toward his girlfriend.

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Germany overhauls Turkey policy

http://www.dw.com/en/germany-overhauls-turkey-policy/a-39766611

Germany is sharpening its policy toward Turkey in response to jailings of journalists and human rights activists. The new tone together with an increased travel warning has been met with outrage in Ankara.

Germany's foreign minister interrupted his vacation on the North Sea to return to Berlin to deliver the most strongly worded statement yet against Turkey's imprisonment of German journalists and human rights activists.

"We want Turkey to be a part of the West, or at least remain in its current position, but it takes two to tango," Sigmar Gabriel at a press conference in Berlin. "I cannot make out any willingness on the part of the current Turkish government to follow this path with us. For that reason Germany is forced to reorient its Turkey policy. The first consequences will be new travel advisories for German citizens in Turkey."

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Canadian travel to U.S. drops, while overseas visits to Canada surge to highest May ever

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-travel-may-1.4213816

Canadians are making fewer trips to the United States, and foreign appetite for travel in Canada has hit its highest May on record.

Statistics Canada reported Thursday that Canadians made 3.2 million trips to the United States in May, down almost eight per cent from April's level and nearly six per cent lower than the same month a year ago.

Car trips to the U.S. were sharply lower, down to 2.5 million during the month, which is the lowest figure seen for that month since 2003.

Some of the blame for that can be traced to the value of the loonie, which was hovering around 73 cents for much of the month. In May 2003, the loonie was at a similar level of 72 cents US, the data agency noted. It has since jumped to more than 79 cents.

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Secret underground tunnels discovered below streets of Liverpool

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/secret-underground-tunnels-discovered-below-10846349

>Although 'The Great Tunnel' is well documented in the history books - after being included in army surveys as far back as 1882 - historians had until now struggled to locate it

Secret underground tunnels can be seen for the first time in these incredible pictures after the removal of a single brick led to their discovery.

'The Great Tunnel' was found in Liverpool by workers who say they are over the moon to find what they've been hoping to uncover for decades.

Although tunnel is well documented in the history books - after being included in army surveys as far back as 1882 - historians digging at the Smithdown Lane site had until now struggled to locate it.

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'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40661252

Cows have shown an "insane" and "mind-blowing" ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers.

In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV.

It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their complex and bacteria-packed digestive system.

The US National Institutes of Health said the findings were of "great interest".

HIV is a slippery and nefarious opponent. It mutates so readily that every time a patient's immune system finds a way of attacking the virus, HIV shifts its appearance.

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Fukushima robot finds potential fuel debris hanging like icicles in reactor 3

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/21/national/fukushima-robot-finds-potential-fuel-debris-hanging-like-icicles-reactor-3/#.WXKH5NOGNE4

Tokyo Electric said Friday that a remotely controlled robot investigating the interior of reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant has finally spotted objects that could potentially be fuel debris.

The objects look like icicles hanging around a control rod drive attached to the bottom of the pressure vessel, which holds the core, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said at an evening news conference.

Enclosed by the huge primary containment vessel, the pressure vessel originally contained the fuel rod assemblies. But the rods melted into a puddle and pierced the bottom of the pressure vessel once the plant lost power after being swamped by the monstrous tsunami of March 11, 2011.

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German carmakers colluded on diesel emissions: report

http://www.france24.com/en/20170721-german-carmakers-colluded-diesel-emissions-report

German carmakers Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Daimler secretly worked together from the 1990s onwards on issues including polluting emissions from diesel vehicles, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Friday.

Volkswagen, facing tens of billions of dollars in compensation and fines after admitting to manipulating diesel emissions in 2015, reported the cartel to German competition authorities in a letter seen by the weekly, as did Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler.

"The German car industry agreed in secret working groups about technology in their vehicles, costs, suppliers, markets, strategies and even about the emissions treatment of their diesel vehicles," the magazine reported.

Such cooperation between all of the country's large car manufacturers could have included "behaviour infringing antitrust law," according to the Volkswagen letter.

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No dye: Cancer patients’ gray hair darkened on immune drugs

https://apnews.com/80b864b3cb65480d92b96754bb6fa246/No-dye:-Cancer-patients'-gray-hair-darkened-on-immune-drugs

Cancer patients’ gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads.

Chemotherapy is notorious for making hair fall out, but the 14 patients involved were all being treated with new immunotherapy drugs that work differently and have different side effects. A Spanish study suggests that may include restoring hair pigment, at least in patients with lung cancer.

With the first patient, “we thought it could be an isolated case,” said Dr. Noelia Rivera, a dermatologist at Autonomous University of Barcelona.

But she said the research team found the same thing when they asked other patients for photos from before treatment.

The 14 cases were among 52 lung cancer patients being followed to see whether they developed bad side effects from the drugs — Keytruda, Opdivo and Tecentriq.

While most patients did not have a color change, the 14 cases suggest it’s not an isolated finding. In 13 patients, hair turned darkish brown or black. In one patient, it turned black in patches.

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O.J. Simpson will get his freedom, but then what?

https://apnews.com/f3d66320ebf34c6fb9639b3b56a6c531/O.J.-Simpson-will-get-his-freedom,-but-then-what?

When O.J. Simpson gets out of prison in October for his first taste of freedom in nine years, he will have the mementos he was convicted of stealing in a Las Vegas heist, his guaranteed NFL pension and, with any luck, certain life skills he says he acquired behind bars.

Beyond that, the 70-year-old sports legend faces an uncertain future.

“The legitimate mainstream business opportunities for Juice in the megabuck world of professional sports are slim and none,” said John Vrooman, an economics professor and sports industry expert at Vanderbilt University.

“If Americans love anyone more than a superhero, it is a fallen hero making a comeback against the odds,” he said a day after Simpson was granted parole. But Vrooman said the odds against the one-time murder defendant and convicted armed robber “now seem insurmountable.”

Others think he will find a way to make ends meet, perhaps by signing autographs and making personal appearances.

“The primary asset this guy has is name and brand recognition. … I believe Mr. Simpson believes he can make a bunch of money by returning to the memorabilia circuit,” said David Cook, collections attorney for the parents of Ronald Goldman.

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3 Palestinians, 3 Israelis killed in violence over holy site

https://apnews.com/aead1151451c4597b374001f1a18f411/Israel-limits-Muslim-access-to-Jerusalem-site-amid-tensions

Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land’s most contested shrine boiled over into violence on Friday that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement.

After nightfall, a Palestinian sneaked into a home in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank and stabbed to death three Israelis.

The military said the attacker apparently jumped over the fence and infiltrated the family’s home, surprising them as they ate the traditional Sabbath evening meal. It said the Palestinian killed a man and two of his children, while a woman was wounded and taken to hospital. The man’s grandchildren were present but not harmed, it said.

The army released footage showing a blood-covered kitchen floor. It said senior military officials are meeting overnight to discuss how to proceed.

A military spokesman called the Palestinian attack “a massacre.”

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Moldova calls on Russia to withdraw troops from breakaway region

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-moldova-russia-military-idUSKBN1A61R0

Moldovan lawmakers on Friday called on Russia to pull troops out of the pro-Moscow breakaway region of Transdniestria, speaking out in a stormy parliament session that underlined the split in the nation's loyalties between the West and Russia.

Sixty-one MPs in the 101-member assembly approved a symbolic statement that called for Russia to withdraw troops, weapons and other military equipment from Transdniestria, which seceded from the ex-Soviet republic in 1990.

The main opposition Socialists left the chamber in protest, calling it a provocation that would worsen relations with Russia and damage efforts to achieve a lasting settlement of Transdniestria's status.

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Mass protests continue across Poland as controversial court reform nears passage

http://www.krakowpost.com/14707/2017/07/supreme-court-protests-poland-krakow

Massive demonstrations in Polish streets continued this week as thousands of people gathered Thursday night in more than 70 cities around the country. Standing before courthouses, they held candles, sang anthems, and chanted demands that President Andrzej Duda veto a proposed reform to the Supreme Court.

They were also joined by Poles living in other European capitals, who protested there in solidarity.

The bill, introduced last Sunday without previous consultation, is controversial because it would trigger the dismissal of all sitting judges on the Supreme Court and allow the government (currently controlled by the far-right Law and Justice/PiS party) to replace them. Under the present system, judges are chosen by a body of legal experts, the Council for the Judiciary. Critics say this would end judicial independence in Poland erode the separation of powers.

Defenders of the bill argue that the current selection process is an undemocratic legacy of the communist regime and that the court is corrupt and inefficient as a result.

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Amid VPN crackdown, China eyes upgrades to Great Firewall

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-vpn-idUSKBN1A51OB

A Chinese telecoms carrier said it had begun closing virtual private networks (VPNs) and other tools that can bypass the so-called Great Firewall, which state authorities use to filter and block traffic between Chinese and overseas servers.

A spokesman for Guangzhou Huoyun Information Technology Ltd, which operates in around 20 cities across China, told Reuters the company received a directive from authorities to start blocking services from midday on Tuesday.

Enlisting telecoms firms will extend China's control of its cyberspace - which it believes should mimic real-world border controls and be subject to the same laws as sovereign states.

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Vietnam agrees plan to close all bear bile farms

https://www.animalsasia.org/us/media/news/news-archive/breaking-news-vietnam-agrees-plan-to-close-all-bear-bile-farms.html

In a historic move the Vietnamese government has agreed a plan with Animals Asia to finally end bear bile farming in the country.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines an agreement between animal welfare NGO Animals Asia and the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) to work together to rescue the remaining bears still caged on farms across Vietnam – believed to be around 1,000.

The document was signed and announced at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi on Wednesday 19 July.

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Three Israelis stabbed to death in West Bank attack

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40685369?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

Three Israeli civilians have been stabbed to death in a settlement near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Another Israeli was wounded in the attack in Halamish. The Israeli army says the attacker was shot and caught.

The attack came near the end of a day of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces over new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site.

Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds were hurt in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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Government approved arms sales to 20 countries on its own list of human rights abusers, say campaign

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/uk-arms-deals-sales-countries-human-rights-abusers-bahrain-saudi-arabia-israel-caat-bae-systems-a7853416.html

>‘We have no way of knowing what abuses these arms may fuel, or who they will be used against,’ says Campaign Against Arms Trade

The Government has approved licences for arms deals to two-thirds of the countries on its own list of human rights abusers, a campaign group has said.

Boris Johnson's Foreign Office released its annual human rights report on Friday including a list of 30 countries, like Bahrain, China, Saudi Arabia and Israel, it had given “priority” status in 2016.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders will replace Sean Spicer as White House press secretary

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/sarah-huckabee-sanders-white-house-184056456.html?soc_trk=gcm&soc_src=dd114874-7083-393e-8bf1-0ac1f74868c1&.tsrc=notification-brknews

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaks during press briefing on May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sanders fielded questions about President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been promoted to the position of White House press secretary, according to President Donald Trump's new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci.

The move comes just hours after former press secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation, after telling Trump that he strongly disapproved of the decision to hire Scaramucci.

Sanders has gained prominence in recent months as she's taken on more public-facing duties on President Donald Trump's communications team in the wake of former communications director Mike Dubke's resignation in May.

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Precursor to War: The Historical Implcations Banning Travel of US Citizens

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5473-Precursor-to-War-The-Historical-Implcations-Banning-Travel-of-US-Citizens

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has just decided to impose "geographic travel restriction" for North Korea, which would now make the use of US passports to enter the country illegal.

The new the restriction will officially go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register.

Usually when the United States imposes such a restriction it means one of two things, either a precursor for war, or a precursor for the most brutal embargoes on a country that the United States can ever lay forth to freeze a rogue nation.

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US to ban Americans from traveling to NKorea

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-sources-us-ban-americans-traveling-nkorea-111819054--politics.html?soc_trk=gcm&soc_src=0f201ff2-4afb-11e5-a268-fa163e6f4a7e&.tsrc=notification-brknews

U.S. officials say the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who passed away after falling into a coma into a North Korean prison.

The officials said Friday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had decided to impose "geographic travel restriction" for North Korea, which would make the use of U.S. passports to enter the country illegal. They said the restriction would go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register, but it was not immediately clear when that would be. There was no announcement in Friday's editions of the government publication. The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the decision before it is announced and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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High Court dismisses married Saudi diplomat’s appeal against molest conviction

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/high-court-dismisses-married-saudi-diplomats-appeal-against-molest-conviction

Dismissing his appeal as “unmeritorious”, a High Court judge on Friday (July 21) upheld the conviction of a Saudi Arabian diplomat who had forcefully kissed and groped a hotel trainee while on holiday in Singapore last year.

Bander Yahya A Alzahrani, a diplomat stationed in Beijing, was in February sentenced by the District Court to 26 months’ and a week’s jail, with four strokes of the cane.

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Scientists pinpoint genetic origins of Tourette syndrome

http://tass.com/science/957088

An international research team has unraveled genetic peculiarities which increase the risk of developing Tourette syndrome, the press office of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) said.

The researchers discovered large rearrangements in the genes NRXN1 and CNTN6 in patients with Tourette's. The study’s results were published in the journal Neuron.

Tourette syndrome is a disorder of the central neural system, characterized by multiple motor and vocal tics. From time to time, patients perform uncontrolled movements and in about 10% of cases blurt out obscene words. About 0.3-0.9% of populations experience this syndrome, with the exposure to the disease being by a factor of 60 higher for the children of such patients. Up to now, the genes which increase the disposition to Tourette syndrome have not been found. According to the scientists, the disease is caused not by a mutation in one gene but by the combination of various genetic factors.

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One man shot dead in East Jerusalem as clashes erupt over holy site

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/one-man-shot-dead-east-jerusalem-clashes-erupt-over-holy-site-1631393

Tensions running high due to new security measures implemented at shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims.

A Palestinian man has been shot dead in East Jerusalem, Palestinian officials have said.

Tensions are rising in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank due to new security measures being implemented at a shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims. The site is know to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

The circumstances that led to the death of the man are not clear yet, the BBC said.

Security forces fired water cannons and tear gas after rioters hurled stones and other objects outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

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AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/40670010

Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation.

The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data.

According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay.

Hansa was seized and covertly monitored for a month before being deactivated.

The agency said it believed the bust would lead to hundreds of new investigations in Europe.

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U.S. toughens stance on foreign deals in blow to China's buying spree

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-companies-idUSKBN1A532M

A secretive U.S. government panel has objected to at least nine acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign buyers so far this year, people familiar with the matter said, a historically high number that bodes poorly for China's overseas buying spree.

The objections indicate that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews acquisitions by foreign entities for potential national security risks, is becoming more risk-averse under U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Five pilots who bombed coup base on July 15 arrested over coup charges: retired officer

https://turkeypurge.com/five-pilots-who-bombed-coup-base-on-july-15-arrested-over-coup-charges-retired-officer

Five pilots who bombed the Akincilar Air Base in Ankara to halt the coup attempt on the night of July 15, 2016, were later arrested as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the takeover attempt, a former military officer said.

Ahmet Zeki Ucok, a retired military prosecutor told CNN Turk TV channel on Saturday that the five pilots who bombed the Akincilar Air Base, the alleged headquarters of the coup attempt at 4.30 in the morning, have been arrested on accusation of membership to the movement.

Earlier, Ekrem Türk, a 34-year old police officer who fought to prevent the advance of army tanks in Turkish capital on July 15, 2016 was also rounded up over Gulen links.

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Addiction and intrigue: Inside the Saudi palace coup

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-palace-coup-idUSKBN1A41IS

On Tuesday June 20 Mohammed bin Nayef, a powerful figure in Saudi Arabia's security apparatus for the past two decades and the next in line to the throne, was summoned to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the fourth floor of the royal palace in Mecca.

There, according to a source close to MbN, as he is known, the king ordered him to step aside in favour of the king's favourite son, Mohammed bin Salman. The reason: an addiction to painkilling drugs was clouding MbN's judgment.

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Two tourists killed as Kos bar roof collapses during Greece earthquake

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/greece-earthquake-turkey-kos-tsunami--10842586?service=responsive

>The 6.7 tremor caused Tsunami in tourist hotspots across Turkey and Greece with buildings collapsing as people flee their hotel rooms in panic

Screaming holidaymakers ran from a bustling Kos nightclub in terror as a killer earthquake tore through the bar's ceiling - collapsing and killing two tourists.

Scores of revellers fled as buildings crumbled around them, crushing limbs and causing hundreds of casualites.

Two people have died and more than 200 have been injured in an early morning quake off the coast of Greek islands and Turkey.

The tremor, said to have been up to a magnitude of 6.7, struck south of the Turkish city of Bodrum and east of the Greek island of Kos - areas popular with British holidaymakers.

Buildings on Kos were damaged by the shockwaves, which prompted a small tsunami, flooding parts of the island.

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British special forces allegedly murdered Afghan civilians and covered it up: reports

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-20/reports-brit-special-forces-allegedly-murdered-afghan-civilians/8723378

British special forces soldiers in Afghanistan allegedly murdered civilians and faked evidence to make the killings look justified, according to reports emerging from the United Kingdom.

The extraordinary allegations are contained in a number of recent media reports about the activities of the British Special Air Service (SAS) in Afghanistan over the past 10 years.

They also come soon after the ABC revealed a number of killings of Afghans by Australian special forces soldiers are being investigated by a secretive Defence inquiry.British special forces soldiers in Afghanistan allegedly murdered civilians and faked evidence to make the killings look justified, according to reports emerging from the United Kingdom.

The extraordinary allegations are contained in a number of recent media reports about the activities of the British Special Air Service (SAS) in Afghanistan over the past 10 years.

They also come soon after the ABC revealed a number of killings of Afghans by Australian special forces soldiers are being investigated by a secretive Defence inquiry.

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Crime in England and Wales at highest level in a decade, with 18 per cent increase in violent offenc

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/england-wales-crime-figures-highest-decade-police-violent-murder-rate-ons-office-for-national-a7850391.html

Crime in England and Wales is at the highest level in a decade, and violent crime increased by 18 per cent in the last year, official figures show.

Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed recorded crime went up by 10 per cent on 2015-16.

The Government downplayed the findings but admitted “there is more we must do” to tackle the upsurge in violent crime.

The revelations came as separate ONS data showed the number of police officers was the lowest in more than 30 years.

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Man Beats 3-Year-Old Girl to Death Simply Over Incorrect Math Answers

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5464-Man-Beats-3-Year-Old-Girl-to-Death-Simply-Over-Incorrect-Math-Answers

Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose said that on the unfortunate day of the child’s death, the child gave an “unusual” amount of incorrect answers. The poor girl was brought to a hospital for her injuries.

Police said the little girl, Bailey Salovich, arrived with marks on her buttocks and legs, as well as swelling in her abdomen and bleeding in her brain. She later died on Saturday due to her injuries.

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Windows 10 Timeline won’t make the cut for Fall Creators Update

Microsoft’s neat Timeline feature, which allows for easily working across multiple devices in Windows 10, has been delayed and won’t be included in the big Fall Creators Update as was originally planned.

That’ll be something of a disappointment for those running multiple pieces of hardware, as this is a major boon for Windows 10 users.

The Timeline feature shows a visual timeline of the desktop, allowing the user to jump right back into what they were doing on another device – and that includes Android and iOS handsets.

As well as allowing for this seamless transition when switching between different devices, it will also let the user revisit a desktop state from an earlier time. A bit like a desktop Time Machine (now where have we heard that term before…?).

more here:

http://www.techradar.com/news/windows-10-timeline-wont-make-the-cut-for-fall-creators-update?

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Reckless Immigration Will Change Society for the Worse, CDU Politician States

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5463-Reckless-Immigration-Will-Change-Society-for-the-Worse-CDU-Politician-States

Spahn also explained that he, as a homosexual, was especially vulnerable to the dangers of Islam and recounted incidents of homosexuals being thrown off buildings and towers in Muslim societies. He indirectly asked for the closure of the Mediterranean sea route, which is being used to transport and traffic thousands of Muslims into Europe every week, just like other politicians, such as Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Spahn believes that refugees who are picked up and rescued in the sea should not be taken to Italy, but instead back to Africa.

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India says in quiet diplomacy with China to tackle border stand-off

http://in.reuters.com/article/india-china-idINKBN1A607A

When Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of a regional conference last month, officials said they reached an understanding not to let the two countries' long-standing "differences become disputes".

Yet within days, Chinese and Indian soldiers were jostling in a desolate but disputed border region in the Himalayas that has since grown into an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation from which neither army is ready to back off.

The flare-up is the latest incident in a steadily deteriorating relationship between the Asian giants who are unable to agree on their 3,500 km (2,175 miles) border, over which they went to war in 1962.

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu caught criticising 'crazy' EU for insisting on peace with Palestine

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-20/israeli-pm-netanyahu-caught-railing-on-crazy-eu-insisting-peace/8725556?pfmredir=sm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been caught by a live microphone railing against the European Union's "crazy" insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties with the 28-state bloc, while trumpeting Israel as essential to its prosperity and survival.

Mr Netanyahu was meeting with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia at a regional summit, where a conversation with his Czech and Hungarian counterparts discussing Iran, Syria, the Islamic State group, and EU-Israel relations was accidentally broadcast to journalists covering the conference.

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Turkey accuses Germany of harbouring 'terrorists'

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/turkey-accuses-germany-harbouring-terrorists-170720193753832.html

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, has accused Germany of harbouring "terrorists" after the country stepped up a travel advisory for Turkey and considered slapping sanctions over its arrest of human rights activists.

Germany told its citizens on Thursday to exercise caution if travelling to Turkey, with Sigmar Gabriel, foreign minister, warning that his government could no longer guarantee its citizens' safety in the face of "arbitrary" mass arrests.

The warning came after Turkey arrested six human-rights activists, including a German national, on accusations of "terrorism".

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Russia says talks underway on joint U.S. cybersecurity unit

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-talks-united-states-joint-cybersecurity-unit-donald-trump/

A Russian official was quoted by the country's government-run media on Thursday as saying Moscow and the U.S. government were in talks about establishing a joint cybersecurity unit – a prospect first raised, and then seemingly dismissed by President Trump after he met with Vladimir Putin.

The RIA news agency said Russia's special envoy on cybersecurity Andrey Krutskikh confirmed that talks were underway to create a bilateral working group, and acknowledging that it could create a "problem" for President Trump.

Krutskikh was quoted as saying, "there is no need to dramatize the working process, it is undoubtedly difficult, taking into account the current American realities, but this is a problem rather of the U.S. administration, not ours."

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Venezuela crisis: Deadly clashes as millions join strike

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40667309

Millions of Venezuelans have joined a general strike called by the opposition as pressure mounts on President Nicolás Maduro to cancel elections for a new constituent assembly.

Clashes between police and protesters killed at least three people. More than 300 others were reportedly arrested.

Mr Maduro said the strike was minimal and that its leaders would be arrested.

Since April, when opposition protests intensified, almost 100 people have died across the country.

Protesters barricaded roads in the capital, Caracas, and other cities with rubbish and furniture. The opposition said that 85% of the country joined the strike.

But in pro-government areas of the capital, life went on as usual, with shops open and streets busy. Public employees also appeared to have worked normally.

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Polish President urged by EU to veto judicial independence bill

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/poland-president-eu-veto-judicial-independence-bill-supreme-court-judges-parliament-guy-verhofstadt-a7851551.html

The President of Poland has been urged to veto a bill passed by lawmakers in the country that would give parliament the power to appoint Supreme Court judges.

Guy Verhofstadt, the President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament, has called on President Andrzej Duda to take action and said the European Commission should trigger the EU’s Article 7 if the issue is not resolved.

The Article has been often described as a “nuclear option” and can lead to the suspension of a member country’s voting rights.

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Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr to testify in front of Senate over Russia meeting

http://www.independent.co.uk/News/world-0/us-politics/trump-jr-jared-kushner-testify-senate-paul-manafort-russia-meeting-monday-a7850026.html

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are to testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in relation to a meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.

The meeting has come under intense scrutiny as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion on the part of the Trump campaign.

Mr Trump Jr and Mr Manafort are to appear in front of the committee on July 26, but Mr Kushner is due to appear on July 24 in a closed session.

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Exxon Mobil Sues After Treasury Fines It $2 Million For Alleged Sanctions Violations

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/20/538361005/exxonmobil-sues-after-treasury-fines-it-2-million-for-alleged-sanctions-violatio

Exxon Mobil says it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control, after the office said the oil and gas giant must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia.

The alleged violations took place in May 2014, when Exxon Mobil signed a series of deals with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russian oil company Rosneft.

That March, the Obama administration had placed Sechin on a Treasury blacklist — but OFAC says that Exxon Mobil executives still did business with him. The U.S. imposed sanctions in response to Russia's seizure of Crimea in 2014.

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Number of police officers falls to 30-YEAR low - as cops record biggest crime surge in a decade

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/number-police-officers-falls-30-10836162

The number of police officers has fallen to a 30-YEAR low - at the same time as cops record biggest crime surge in a decade.

Official statistics show there were 123,142 officers across all ranks in England and Wales at the end of March this year.

This was a fall of 0.7% on 2016, and the lowest number at the end of a financial year since comparable records began in 1996.

A Home Office report warned: "Records earlier than this are not directly comparable; however, they indicate that this is the lowest number of officers since 1985."

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Donald Trump on Emmanuel Macron: 'He’s a great guy. Smart. Strong. Loves holding my hand'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-new-york-times-interview-extracts-emmanuel-macron-jeff-sessions-a7850111.html

President Donald Trump spoke with three New York Times reporters on Wednesday — Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman — in an exclusive interview in the Oval Office. Also in attendance was Hope Hicks, a White House spokeswoman. At one point, the president’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump appeared at the door, and her daughter, Arabella, entered the room.

The following are excerpts from that conversation, transcribed by The Times. It has been lightly edited for content and clarity, and omits several off-the-record comments and asides.

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Venezuela will 'turn into a bloodbath' warns Organization of American States chief as anti-governmen

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4714384/Venezuela-turn-bloodbath-warns-official.html

Venezuela is on the brink of turning into a bloodbath according to the Organization of American States (OAS) chief as an anti-government protester was burned alive in riots.

OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro issued the stark warning in his latest report, which highlights the plight of the country's citizens amid ongoing political tensions that have resulted in around 100 deaths.

President Nicholas Maduro has been accused of trying to become a dictator in his quest of changing Venezuela's constitution.

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Video of beating shared on social media leads to Saudi prince arrest

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-40668099

A Saudi prince has been arrested on the orders of Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz after videos were circulated on social media which appeared to show the prince beating several people.

According to the state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV's Twitter account @alekhbariyatv, the arrest order for Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was issued to deter any similar violations, and the prince was arrested by Riyadh police.

"The royal decree was issued to prohibit injustice, despotism, harassment and harm, and it is an enforcement of the fair rule of sharia" Al-Ikhbariya explained in another tweet.

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Cecil the lion's son Xanda shot dead by big game hunters

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/cecil-lion-son-xanda-shot-dead-trophy-big-game-hunters-zimbabwe-hwange-national-park-a7851246.html?

Cecil the lion’s oldest cub has been shot dead by trophy hunters.

Xanda was killed outside the Hwange National Park in north west Zimbabwe, according to lion guardians at the national park.

He was just over six years old and had several young cubs.

Two years ago, Walter Palmer sparked international outrage by shooting Cecil, one of Zimbabwe’s most cherished lions.

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Exxon sues U.S. over fine levied for Russia deal under Tillerson

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-exxon-mobil-usa-ukraine-idUSKBN1A51UH

Exxon Mobil Corp sued the U.S. government on Thursday, blasting as "unlawful" and "capricious" a $2 million fine levied against it for a three-year-old oil joint venture with Russia's Rosneft.

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday morning slapped the world's largest publicly traded oil producer with the fine for "reckless disregard" of U.S. sanctions in dealings with Russia in 2014 when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was Exxon's chief executive.

The lawsuit and the Treasury's unusually detailed statement on Exxon's conduct represented an extraordinary confrontation between a major American company and the U.S. government, made all the more striking because Exxon's former CEO is now in President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

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#CNNBlackmail Dox Of HanAssholeSolo, /pol/ Retaliated w/ Dox Of CNN Anchors

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/4721-CNNBlackmail-Dox-Of-HanAssholeSolo-pol-Retaliated-w-Dox-Of-CNN-Anchors

The Far Right has its own army of what is referred to as a ‘hive mind’ which is first and foremost the enemy of cultural Marxism and the Communists who try and perpetuate the ideology.

That army is known as /pol/. Politically Incorrect.

Earlier today CNN released a statement regarding the alleged mastermind behind the President Trump tweet of him clotheslining a superimposed image of CNN outside of a World Wrestling Entertainment ring and suggested that CNN had obtained the Reddit user’s real identity. ‘HanAssholeSolo’ was the pseudonym the man went by, and he released a public statement in which CNN aired on their network and website.

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The Goldwater Endorses Maxine Waters for President

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5462-The-Goldwater-Endorses-Maxine-Waters-for-President

The rumors are swirling. Maxine Waters, the illustrious Representative from California may be considering a run for the presidency. She's already laid out some conditions. She's only going to run if, and only if, Millenials want her to. Sounds like a solid platform.

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Joe Biden, ‘Defender of the Poor’, Charges Big Bucks For Signed Books

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5460-Joe-Biden-Defender-of-the-Poor-Charges-Big-Bucks-For-Signed-Books

Seriously, who has ever heard of being charged hundreds of dollars in extra fees just to have a book autographed by the writer? Doesn’t that smell of shameless profiteering? Isn’t it enough that people buy one’s book, and in Biden’s case, established author or not?

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Call for a ban on child sex robots

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40428976

There should be a ban on the import of sex robots designed to look like children, the author of a new report into the phenomenon has said.

Prof Noel Sharkey said that society as a whole needed to consider the impact of all types of sex robots.

His Foundation for Responsible Robotics has conducted a consultation on the issue.

Only a handful of companies were currently making sex robots, said Prof Sharkey.

But, he added, the upcoming robot revolution could change that.

The report, Our Sexual Future With Robots, was written to focus attention on an issue barely discussed at the moment, he said.

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Video: No Charges For 5 Black Florida Teens Who Filmed Disabled Man Drown

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5451-Video-No-Charges-For-5-Black-Florida-Teens-Who-Filmed-Disabled-Man-Drown

The Brevard County State Attorney's Office released the video and called the incident a "tragedy" and said the teens' lack of action had "no moral justification" but added that the teens do not appear to have violated any laws.

The video, which police called "extremely disturbing," found its way to various social media platforms over the weekend before ending up in the hands of detectives.

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Breaking News : 6.7 Magnitude Quake In Greece / Turkey Claims Lives, Causes Tsunami

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5448-Breaking-News-6-7-Magnitude-Quake-In-Greece-Turkey-Claims-Lives-Causes-Tsunami

A massive and powerful earthquake has been reported off the Turkish coast and a Greek Island which is an area popular with British Tourists.

While it was believed there had only been minor injuries as a result of the phenomenon, now there are several unconfirmed reports that two people have been killed.

The United States Geological Survey has said they recorded a 6.7 magnitude quake off the south west coast close to the resort town of Bodrum and the Greek Island of Kos. A Foreign Office spokesman said it was seeking further information.

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FTC Investigating Amazon For ‘Deceptive Discounting’

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5444-FTC-Investigating-Amazon-For-Deceptive-Discounting

We all know amazon.com and their company Amazon, headed by Jeff Bezos, is no stranger to controversy. Many allege Bezos a propaganda agent of the Deep State, with him receiving over $600 Million for the benefit of the Washington Post, to subvert reality with marxist propaganda.

However now the Federal Trade Commission is investigating the website, with it's controversial yet widely popular ‘Prime’ services, for what the FTC calls ‘deceptive discounting’.

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New Twitter Rules Increase Suspensions Automatically

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5440-New-Twitter-Rules-Increase-Suspensions-Automatically

Twitter has long since been a liberal paradise, where relatively unknown individuals on the left can receive a blue tick for becoming ‘Verified’ with little to no followers.

You see it all the time, a leftist with 2500 followers becoming verified while legitimate businesses who tweet right leaning narratives are denied a chance to become Verified.

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Purge of Thomas Jefferson by LA Liberals Directly Attacks our Founding Fathers

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5437-Purge-of-Thomas-Jefferson-by-LA-Liberals-Directly-Attacks-our-Founding-Fathers

In the seemingly endless campaign against traditional values and American history, the South has been a battleground for the modern culture war.

Social Justice Warriors and triggered Cultural Marxists have waged a tireless invasion of desperation against the Civil War monuments and Confederate symbolism that the Southerner prides himself in, as well as trying to erase history.

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Breaking: Possible Terror in Manhattan as Speeding SUV Strikes Fully Loaded Sidewalk

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5436-Breaking-Possible-Terror-in-Manhattan-as-Speeding-SUV-Strikes-Fully-Loaded-Sidewalk

Multiple pedestrians were hit by a black SUV on the Upper East side of Manhattan on Thursday.

The first images coming from the scen show they SUV has blacked out windows crashed at an angle across the sidewalk. It also appears that the gas cap door was missing.

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Houston, Texas Woman Arrested In Virtual Kidnapping Scheme

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5433-Houston-Texas-Woman-Arrested-In-Virtual-Kidnapping-Scheme

Today Federal investigators say that they've arrested a Houston woman who ran a nationwide scheme to collect ransoms from people who she conned into believing that their children were kidnapped.

The thirty four year old suspect, Yanette Rodriguez Acosta, was taken into custody by federal agents Thursday after being indicted two days ago on multiple charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud. At this time it's unknown if she's retained an attorney.

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Exclusive: U.S., Canada, Mexico agree on fast-paced NAFTA talks - sources

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-nafta-exclusive-idUSKBN1A41PU

U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials have agreed to an aggressive timetable to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), sources said, aiming to conclude early next year to avoid Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections.

The plan is to hold seven rounds of talks at three-week intervals, according to two Mexican officials who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Described by one Mexican official as a "very aggressive calendar," the sources said the goal was to conclude the talks before the electoral campaign was in full swing.

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Fast Food Ice Contains Significant Amounts of Poop

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5405-Fast-Food-Ice-Contains-Significant-Amounts-of-Poop

Safe practice dictates that there should be zero levels of bacteria in drinking water. But gross and disgusting as this may seem- four of the samples of ice from Burger King and five from KFC were discovered to contain ‘significant’ levels of coliforms. An expert said the shocking revelations is ‘extremely worrying.’

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Black Mississippi Judge Banished Mississippi State Flag Over Confederate Symbol

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5430-Black-Mississippi-Judge-Banished-Mississippi-State-Flag-Over-Confederate-Symbol

In another bigot’s war on tradition and history, Judge Carlos Moore enraged defenders of the Confederate Flag when he took to the bench as the first African-American municipal judge in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and had the flag removed from his courtroom.

His first day on the job, as his first order of business, Moore demanded officials remove the Mississippi state flag from his courtroom, because that flag contains the Confederate emblem in its upper left corner.

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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Saud Arrested For Filming Public Assaults

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5429-Saudi-Arabia-s-Prince-Saud-Arrested-For-Filming-Public-Assaults

Saudi Arabia Authorities on Thursday announced an official order from Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz to arrest a Royal Prince.

Prince Saud is accused of going through the city of Riyadh and physically assaulting men and women while filming the brutal attacks then posting it to social media as if it was a joke.

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Riots Continue in Indian City Over the Gang-Rape and Murder of Teenage Girl

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5427-Riots-Continue-in-Indian-City-Over-the-Gang-Rape-and-Murder-of-Teenage-Girl

Violence continues to haunt the streets of Indian city Shimla due to public outrage for the gang-rape and murder of a teenage girl.

Shops, offices and school remain closed after mobs dominated the streets with a public so furious with what they believe are police failures to handle the situation following the attack on the victim.

Six men were arrested after the naked body of the 16-year-old victim was discovered in a forest.

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Florida Mayoral Candidate Tells Blacks To ‘Go Back To Africa’

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5421-Florida-Mayoral-Candidate-Tells-Blacks-To-Go-Back-To-Africa

In a sentiment that is rarely shared across the nation by many towards the obvious Anti-White and Anti-American rhetoric being spewed by Black Lives Matter’s oftentimes bigoted leaders, a Florida Mayoral Candidate told BLM during a council meeting that they can ‘go back to Africa’ if they don't like it here.

The comments came Tuesday night from a candidate in the race to be St. Petersburg's next mayor, and obviously are raising eyebro

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O.J. Simpson Soon A Free Man After Granted Parole

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5426-O-J-Simpson-Soon-A-Free-Man-After-Granted-Parole

Infamous former NFL superstar turned criminal and possibly murderer, O.J. Simpson, was granted parole Thursday after serving nearly nine years behind bars for a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas.

Simpson, who is now 70, is set to walk out of Lovelock Correctional Center a free man as early as October 1st of 2017. By that time he will have served the minimum of nine years of a 33 year maximum prison sentence.

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Breaking: Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dies at 41 of Suspected Suicide

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5422-Breaking-Linkin-Park-Singer-Chester-Bennington-Dies-at-41-of-Suspected-Suicide

Rock band Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died at age 41. TMZ has reported that the musician was found dead in a private residence in Palo Verdes Estates, Los Angeles.

His body was discovered only this morning , before 9 am. It is believed that he hanged himself.

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"Boo" Warren Indicted in Ohio for Massive String of Pharmacy Robberies

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5419-Boo-Warren-Indicted-in-Ohio-for-Massive-String-of-Pharmacy-Robberies

Both Federal Agents and Federal Prosecutors are now pleased that they believe the ringleader responsible for a criminal syndicate behind a string of pharmacy robberies in Ohio has now been indicted.

The pharmacy robberies which occurred all across the state of Ohio have endangered not only civilians but the employees at the pharmacies in what Federal Agents call an “intricate network of sophisticated organization” to plan robberies of the pharmacies and then distribute the stolen prescriptions in an underground drug network.

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Alabama Sheriff's Arrest Kentucky Man for Faking His Own Death

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5417-Alabama-Sheriff-s-Arrest-Kentucky-Man-for-Faking-His-Own-Death

Alabama law enforcement in Baldwin County say that Spencer Huddleston, 27, who was wanted for faking his own death was arrested in Baldwin County on Monday, 17th, Sheriff's deputies chased him.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office reported that they took 27 year old Spencer Huddleston, of Glasgow, Kentucky, into their custody in the Fairhope area, according to BCSO spokesman Anthony Lowery.

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DOJ Shuts Down AlphaBay, Other Parts of Dark Web

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5416-DOJ-Shuts-Down-AlphaBay-Other-Parts-of-Dark-Web

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that the world’s biggest drug marketplace on the dark web, AlphaBay, has been shut down.

AlphaBay has given hundreds of thousands of people a venue to buy illegal drugs. It mysteriously went offline earlier this month. It is regarded as the biggest online black market for drugs, hosting daily transactions pegged to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Texas Police Intercept Woman with 75lbs Of Liquid Crystal Meth

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5414-Texas-Police-Intercept-Woman-with-75lbs-Of-Liquid-Crystal-Meth

The Austin, Texas, Police Department say they've made an arrest of a woman in connection with 75 lbs of liquid methamphetamine they found inside if cleaning jugs.

Law enforcement say that the 23 year old woman, who lives in Laredo, was stopped for a routine speeding violation after 11 PM on Highway 35 in Austin.

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Trump vs. Mark Zuckerberg for U.S. President: Who Would Win?

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5411-Trump-vs-Mark-Zuckerberg-for-U-S-President-Who-Would-Win

He first conquered the online world with his trend-setting, game-changing and influence-making Facebook, but could Mark Zuckerberg be setting his sights next on reaching the White House as the succeeding U.S. President? Speculations about the Facebook CEO’s political plans started when he set out a “personal goal” of visiting 50 states in the U.S. this year.

With talks of Zuckerberg’s presidential ambitions, a Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling came out with a survey pitting the 33-year-old tech titan against President Donald Trump who is set for reelection in 2020. The results of the hypothetical match-up shows it’s pretty even at this point.

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Manhunt Underway for North Carolina Man who Jumped Train to Elude Police

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5410-Manhunt-Underway-for-North-Carolina-Man-who-Jumped-Train-to-Elude-Police

Charlotte Police are seeking the public's help in finding a man suspected of car theft. A high-speed chase took place on I-85 on Wednesday afternoon. After pursuing the stolen car in both directions on the interstate, one of the three men in the vehicle jumped on a passing train and successfully eluded the officers in chase.

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American Teacher Who Took ‘Child Sex Trips’ to Thailand Gets 27 Years in Jail

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5408-American-Teacher-Who-Took-Child-Sex-Trips-to-Thailand-Gets-27-Years-in-Jail

Evers was sentenced on July 14 this year. His sentence also includes a lifetime of supervised release after his prison term and fines totaling $55,000.

He admitted on April 14 when he pleaded guilty to the charges that he has been visiting Thailand since 1999 to carry out his obscene sexual crimes against Thai boys.

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WWE Shane Mcmahon's Press Conference after Surviving Helicopter Crash

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5406-WWE-Shane-Mcmahon-s-Press-Conference-after-Surviving-Helicopter-Crash

"We heard some noise, and it became very clear to me that I could no longer continue flying the helicopter," Regtien said. "So I decided to do an autorotation landing in the water."

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Video of BMW Smashing at a Gun Pawnshop; Police Looking for Suspects

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5403-Video-of-BMW-Smashing-at-a-Gun-Pawnshop-Police-Looking-for-Suspects

Police say they believe the men were particularly looking for guns. After their “grand entrance”, however, things didn’t turn out too well for the men. Henry County Police Maj. Mike Ireland said: “They looked in cases, looked in the empty gun boxes, shook them, and saw they were empty.” And so the suspects came home empty-handed.

One of the pawn shop workers, Curtis Fowler, was incredulous. He thinks what the men did was pretty stupid. Fowler said they hide their guns away every night before closing the store. He believes the alarm that went off scared the men and so they ran off.

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Outrage Against “Sick” Rosie O’ Donnell Continues to Pour in on Social Media

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5398-Outrage-Against-Sick-Rosie-O-Donnell-Continues-to-Pour-in-on-Social-Media

And another hit the infamous so-called liberal tolerance. The user posted: “More liberal tolerance! We can now add Rosie O’ Donnell to this list: Kathy Griffin, Johnny Depp, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Sheen.”

Another user so pissed off with Rosie took a dig at her appearance. He wrote: “Rosie O’Donnell Pushing a Game that Kills President Trump. Proving once again, she’s a pig!”

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Criticism of NGO's and General Tensions in Europe on the Rise

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5401-Criticism-of-NGO-s-and-General-Tensions-in-Europe-on-the-Rise

Austria Ready to Close Their Border. Earlier this week, Sobotka also inspected the Austria-Italy border and announced that, should the number of immigrants illegally crossing into Austria increase, his country was ready to close the borders completely within 24 hours.

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Arizona Woman Breaks Into House, Gets Naked And Cooks Dinner

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5394-Arizona-Woman-Breaks-Into-House-Gets-Naked-And-Cooks-Dinner

The victim reportedly tried to take video of the strange woman inside her home as she began to flee with her clothes. The homeowner says that the nude woman simply walked into the closet and grabbed her clothes as if they were her own.

Police say that before cooking the homeowner’s food in the nude in her kitchen, that Garcia first took a shower inside the homeowner’s bathroom.

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Video : WWE’s Shane McMahon In NY Helicopter Crash

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5392-Video-WWE-s-Shane-McMahon-In-NY-Helicopter-Crash

"We heard some noise, and it became very clear to me that I could no longer continue flying the helicopter," Regtien said. "So I decided to do an autorotation landing in the water."

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Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/elon-musk-knows-whats-ailing-nasa-costly-contracting/

The seas were calm in early December 2010 when a spacecraft fell out of the sky, deployed its parachutes, and splashed into the Pacific Ocean. No American spacecraft had returned this way to Earth in 35 years, not since the splashdown of the final Apollo mission. The Dragon bobbing in the blue water didn’t carry any astronauts, just a whimsical payload of Le Brouère cheese. But it had made history all the same, as no private company had ever launched a spacecraft into orbit and safely returned it to Earth.

Just two years earlier, Elon Musk’s SpaceX had been left for dead. Like so many other new space ventures that had come before, it had made big promises but delivered few payoffs. Bankruptcy would certainly have swallowed SpaceX had NASA not thrown Musk a $1.6 billion lifeline two days before Christmas in 2008—a contract for a dozen cargo delivery flights to the International Space Station.

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“Atypical” mad cow disease detected in Alabama

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/rare-form-of-prion-disease-pops-up-in-an-alabama-cow/

An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for an “atypical” strain of the prion disease Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

The cow tested positive for the strain, called L-type BSE, during routine surveillance at a livestock market where the animal had started exhibiting clinical signs. The USDA stressed that the case posed no health threat and would not change the country’s international risk status, and thus it would not cause any beef trade issues.

“This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply or to human health in the United States,” the USDA said in a statement.

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Conservatives are trashing Jeff Sessions' controversial asset-seizure program

http://www.businessinsider.com/civil-asset-forfeiture-doj-new-policy-2017-7

Republican lawmakers are up in arms over a new Justice Department directive allowing the federal government to take assets that were lawfully seized by local or state law enforcement officials.

Critics challenged the constitutionality of the program and alleged it encourages law enforcement agencies to seize property from individuals who were merely suspected of criminal activity and not formally charged with a crime, violating due process.

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John Mccain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer, What will happen to his Vote?

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5391-John-Mccain-Diagnosed-with-Brain-Cancer-What-will-happen-to-his-Vote

What will happen to his vote? The Senate agreed to suspend in light of his health condition for the recent healtcare vote. With this recent news, who takes over in the event McCain is deemed unable to continue his role in the Senate?

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Four Apple contractors accuse Qualcomm of antitrust violations

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-qualcomm-idUSKBN1A40I8

iPhone chip supplier Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) faces a new set of antitrust allegations from a group of four companies that assemble the iPhone and other products on behalf of Apple Inc (AAPL.O).

Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (2317.TW), Wistron Corp (3231.TW), Compal Electronics Inc (2324.TW) and Pegatron Corp (4938.TW) alleged that Qualcomm violated two sections of the Sherman Act, a U.S. antitrust law.

The accusations, made in a filing late on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, are counterclaims to a Qualcomm lawsuit filed in May seeking to force the contractors to pay Qualcomm license fees that Apple directed them to stop paying.

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Chinese Woman Busted at the Airport for Strapping 102 iPhones to Her Body

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5390-Chinese-Woman-Busted-at-the-Airport-for-Strapping-102-iPhones-to-Her-Body

Being photographed by the authorities in her undergarments with the contraband phones still strapped into her body and circulating the photos is a humiliating ‘punishment’ by the authorities. It is not an official penalty, but in other countries, such act may be subject to debates as it can be seen as violating the rights of a suspect.

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Japan's 'social impact bond' gets first batch of investors

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-economy-socialimpact-bonds-idUSKBN1A50HJ?il=0

Japanese lender Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and other investors are set to invest some 30 million yen ($267,714) in a new program that will see private investments help fund public social services, people involved in the scheme said.

The core unit of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group will team up with Japan Social Impact Investment Foundation (SIIF), which launched this month Japan's first "social impact bond" to fund a Kobe city program on chronic kidney disease.

The debut of a social impact bond in Japan comes amid growing appetite for socially responsible investments focused on improvement of the environment, social and governance (ESG) issues.

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Bill Nye: Older people need to 'die' out before climate science can advance

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bill-nye-older-people-need-to-die-out-before-climate-science-can-advance/article/2629163

Bill Nye specifically targeted the elderly this week as he spoke out against climate change deniers, saying that climate science will start to advance when old people start to "age out," according to a report.

The "Science Guy" said that generationally, the majority of climate change deniers are older.

"Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It's generational," Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with "due respect," acknowledging that he is "now one of them."

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Malorossiya declaration surprised Russia and Lugansk

http://theduran.com/confirmed-malorossiya-declaration-surprised-russia-lugansk/

>The declaration was the initiative of Donetsk leaders alone.

The statement and accompanying document declaring the new state of Malorossiya appears to have been the brainchild of the leadership of the Donetsk People’s Republic, particularly Donetsk leader Alexander Zakharchenko. Insofar as this is the case, the leaders of the Lugansk People’s Republic as well as those in Moscow were not given any prior notice of the declaration.

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CONFIRMED: Trump ends CIA arms to Salafists in Syria

http://theduran.com/confirmed-trump-ends-cia-arms-to-salafists-in-syria/

The race for Raqqa is now increasingly a two-horse race between US backed Kurdish forces and the Syrian Arab Army which relies on support from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

Today, two reports emerged within minutes of each other which indicate that under Donald Trump, the United States has fully shifted its policies in Syria away from arming and aiding Salafist/jihadist terrorist fighters and is now allying exclusively with Kurdish.

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DOJ: Alabama Man Used Prisoner IDs To File $19 Million In Fraudulent Tax Returns

http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/19/doj-alabama-man-used-prisoner-ids-to-file-19-million-in-fraudulent-tax-returns/

An Alabama man allegedly used stolen IDs from prisoners to file 7,000 tax returns with the IRS to obtain $19 million in fraudulent refunds. He also recruited U.S. Postal employees as part of the tax refund scheme.

Anthony Gosha, also known as Boo Boo, and several co-conspirators were charged with conspiring to file fraudulent refund claims, mail and wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Breaking News: 2 Dead, 3 Wounded Shooting Incident Houston, Texas

http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/5387-Breaking-News-2-Dead-3-Wounded-Shooting-Incident-Houston-Texas

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says all five men appeared to be armed.The injured men remain hospitalized, with at least one in critical condition.

According to Gonzalez, they have not yet determined the relationship between the five people involved. Investigations are still on going.

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Canada family finds catheter in ice cream

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40651178

A Canadian family who found an intravenous catheter in a tub of ice cream will need to undergo medical tests for the next six months.

Four people had already been eating the caramel pecan ice cream when one bit into a piece of the medical device.

The ice cream manufacturer says it has requested a full investigation by Canada's food inspection agency.

Quebec health authorities told the family they must undergo blood tests for Hepatitis A, B, and C and for HIV.

They will have to be tested for the next six months.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed it is investigating the incident, and told the BBC that no threats to health were identified at the ice cream production facility after an initial inspection.

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DHS Hiring 10k ICE Agents To Raid Sanctuary Cities

http://thegoldwater.com/news/5383-DHS-Hiring-10k-ICE-Agents-To-Raid-Sanctuary-Cities

President Trump is no longer backing down from Sanctuary Cities in violation of Federal Law. While local and specific state authorities may not assist in removing illegal aliens, Federal Authorities will do it themselves.

Thomas Homan, the acting ICE Director, has just announced new plans to hire 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents to crack down on several sanctuary cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago.

Earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly authorized the new hiring of an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and enforcement officers.

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Addiction and intrigue: Inside the Saudi palace coup

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-palace-coup-idUSKBN1A41IS?il=0

On Tuesday June 20 Mohammed bin Nayef, a powerful figure in Saudi Arabia's security apparatus for the past two decades and the next in line to the throne, was summoned to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the fourth floor of the royal palace in Mecca.

There, according to a source close to MbN, as he is known, the king ordered him to step aside in favour of the king's favourite son, Mohammed bin Salman. The reason: an addiction to painkilling drugs was clouding MbN's judgment.

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State pension age rise brought forward

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40658774

ix million men and women will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced.

The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed.

Those affected are currently between the ages of 39 and 47.

The announcement was made in the Commons by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke.

He said the government had decided to accept the recommendations of the Cridland report, which proposed the change.

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U.N. experts seek halt to use of spyware in Mexico and want full probe

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-spyware-un-idUSKBN1A41YL?il=0

U.N. human rights experts called on the government of Mexico on Wednesday to "cease the surveillance immediately" of activists and journalists and to conduct a fully impartial investigation into the illegal spying.

In the latest case, an international probe into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students in Mexico was targeted with spying software sold to governments to fight criminals and terrorists, according to a report published last week.

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Shocking photos emerge of suspected Isis fighters held like battery chickens in overcrowded prison

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-fighters-prison-photos-crowded-chicken-factory-images-iraq-mosul-a7849686.html

Arresting photos of men suspected of fighting on behalf of Isis in Mosul being held in overcrowded and stifling hot conditions in a nearby prison have emerged as the Iraqi security forces struggle to clear the city of militants.

The site south of the city is currently home to 370 detained men, an official at the facility told visiting AP reporters, who photographed dozens of men crammed into small, dark, unventilated rooms in daytime temperatures exceeding 45 degrees C.

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Yemen civil war: 20 civilians including women and children 'killed in Saudi-led air strike,' UN says

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-civil-war-civilian-houthis-deaths-taiz-saudi-arabia-air-strike-victims-war-crimes-un-a7848276.html

At least 20 civilians have been killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition while attempting to escape fighting in Yemen, according to the UN and witnesses.

Survivors said a vehicle packed with families fleeing battles between government forces and Houthi rebels near the city of Taiz was hit on Tuesday.

Officials said many of those killed were from the same family, including women and children.

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Boko Haram suspects tortured in Cameroon, Amnesty says

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40664404

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have been "brutally tortured" by security forces in Cameroon, a rights group says.

Amnesty International said in a report that the suspects, including women and children, were beaten, water-boarded and forced into stress positions.

The cases allegedly happened between 2013 and 2017, and dozens of detainees died as a result, it added.

Cameroon's government has not commented. Boko Haram frequently carries out attacks in the country.

The Islamist group, based in neighbouring Nigeria, has killed more than 1,500 civilians in Cameroon since 2014, and abducted many others, Amnesty said.

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16-year-old Christian boy is the latest victim of Pakistan's blasphemy law

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/16.year.old.christian.boy.is.the.latest.victim.of.pakistans.blasphemy.law/110933.htm?

A Pakistani boy has been charged with blasphemy for speaking with a colleague about Jesus, according to World Watch Monitor.

Shahzad Masih, 16, who works as a hospital cleaner in the city of Dinga, was arrested last week after his colleague accused him of insulting Mohammad.

The colleague, Ishtiaq Ahmed Jalali, is a member of Tehreek-e-Tahfuz-e-Islam Pakistan, an Islamist organisation devoted to Mohammad.

According to Masih's father, an argument broke out between them. 'My son told him that we follow Jesus and then their discussion became sour, at which point a doctor intervened and calmed them down,' he said.

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MH370 search data unveils fishing hot spots, ancient geological movements

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-airlines-mh370-mapping-idUSKBN1A407W?il=0

Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth's southern continents.

The Indian Ocean search ended in January after covering a lonely stretch of open water where under-sea mountains larger than Mount Everest rise and a rift valley dotted with subsea volcanoes runs for hundreds of kilometers.

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Saudi-led bloc modifies demands to end Qatar crisis

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40654023

The four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar are no longer insisting it comply with a list of 13 specific demands they tabled last month.

Diplomats from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt told reporters at the UN they now wanted it to accept six broad principles.

These include commitments to combat terrorism and extremism and to end acts of provocation and incitement.

There was no immediate comment from Qatar, which denies aiding terrorists.

It has refused to agree to any measures that threaten its sovereignty or violate international law, and denounced the "siege" imposed by its neighbours.

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Venezuelan opposition calls for nationwide strike

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/venezuelan-opposition-calls-nationwide-strike-170717203444326.html

Venezuela's opposition officials called for a nationwide strike against President Nicolas Maduro to protest against his plan to rewrite the constitution, ratcheting up tensions after they held an unofficial vote rejecting his proposal.

The 24-hour strike planned for Thursday, issued on Monday, was part of what the opposition called a "final offensive" aimed at forcing Maduro out through early elections, before his term ends in 2019.

"We are calling all the country to take part in a massive and violence-free protest through a nationwide civic strike for 24 hours," said one leader in the opposition coalition, Freddy Guevara.

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Muslim woman banned from wearing headscarf in court

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/muslim-woman-court-headscarf-banned-germany-divorce-luckenwalde-burqa-neutrality-law-case-eu-a7849881.html

A German judge has banned a Syrian woman from appearing in court without removing her headscarf, claiming “religiously-motivated” attire is prohibited.

Najat Abokal, a lawyer representing the woman, said the order was made for divorce proceedings in the district court in Luckenwalde, Brandenberg.

She said the letter warned of legal action against the woman if she does not comply, but also ordered her to appear in person to present her case against her husband.

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Netanyahu: EU's policy towards Israel is 'crazy'

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40661203

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the European Union's "crazy" approach to dealing with his country.

His comments, made during a closed-session meeting in the Hungarian capital Budapest, were accidentally broadcast to reporters.

He said the EU was the only major power to attach "political" conditions to its relationship with Israel.

This, he said, was damaging to the bloc's security and economic interests.

The EU has repeatedly condemned Israel's building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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Canada's Governor General blames 'slippy' carpet for royal protocol breach

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40651179

Canada's Governor General David Johnston says a "slippy" carpet is to blame for an apparent breach of royal etiquette with the Queen.

He was pictured lightly touching the Queen's elbow during an event in London to mark Canada's 150th birthday.

Mr Johnston said he was simply concerned about the Queen's safety as she navigated a short flight of stairs.

"I was just anxious to be sure there was no stumbling on the steps,"

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Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike kills displaced civilians

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40655127

At least 20 displaced civilians, including women and children, have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in south Yemen, officials say.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said a village in the Mawza district of Taiz province was hit on Tuesday afternoon.

Most of those killed are believed to have been from the same family.

There was no immediate comment from the coalition, which is backing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi's government in a war with the rebel Houthi movement.

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Gunmen in Pakistan kill four Shi'ites in suspected sectarian attack

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-shooting-idUSKBN1A40S4

Gunmen on Wednesday shot dead four members of the Shi'ite Muslim minority in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said, in what police suspect was a sectarian attack.

Recent violence in Baluchistan has fueled concern about security for projects in the $57-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a transport and energy link planned to run from western China to Pakistan's southern deep-water port of Gwadar.

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Iran's Rouhani says new U.S. sanctions violate nuclear accord: state TV

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-rouhani-idUSKBN1A40T9?il=0

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday new U.S. economic sanctions imposed against Iran contravened the country's nuclear accord with world powers and he vowed that Tehran would "resist" them, state television reported.

The Trump administration slapped the new sanctions on Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program and said Tehran's "malign activities" in the Middle East undercut any "positive contributions" coming from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

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India's PM would like books instead of bouquets

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-40655754

Politicians may be used to bouquets and brickbats, but India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is urging his state governments to lose the flowers presented to him when he visits.

The Ministry of Home Affairs this week told states that "No bouquet may be presented to the Prime Minister during his tours within India," the India.com website reported.

At most, it added, the prime minister hopes for just a single flower, along with "a handspun or hand-woven handkerchief, or a book".

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Unable to go home, Russian who fought for IS settles in Ukraine

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-islamist-idUSKBN1A4221

When Islamic State fighter Marat Nurmagomedov escaped from Syria to Turkey after becoming disillusioned with the militant group, he was unable to return home to Russia for fear of arrest.

Instead, he managed to obtain a passport under another name and flew from Istanbul to Ukraine, whose ability to identify him as a terrorism suspect was hindered by a lack of intelligence sharing between Moscow and Kiev.

The 33-year-old Muslim slipped easily through passport control, aided by the fact that Ukrainian border guards do not use an electronic database that shows the faces of terrorism suspects wanted by Moscow.

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US complains to Turkey after map of posts in Syria published

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-complains-turkey-map-posts-syria-published-48728846

The U.S. military says it has raised concerns with Ankara over the publication of what Turkey's state-run news agency says is a map of U.S. military posts in Syria.

Anadolu Agency published a map Wednesday showing 10 locations where it says U.S. troops are located. The posts span a stretch of northern Syria controlled by Syrian Kurdish forces that the U.S. supports but Turkey considers terrorists.

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'Shame on you': survivors of tower block fire berate London council

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-fire-idUSKBN1A42C8

Furious survivors of the London tower block fire that killed at least 80 people booed the new leader of the local authority during chaotic scenes on Wednesday at the council's first meeting since the blaze.

About 70 survivors of last month's fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment block and other local residents gathered to protest as councillors met amid tight security at Kensington Town Hall in north London.

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The massacre of Mosul: 40,000 feared dead in battle to take back city from Isis as scale of civilian

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/mosul-massacre-battle-isis-iraq-city-civilian-casualties-killed-deaths-fighting-forces-islamic-state-a7848781.html?amp

More than 40,000 civilians were killed in the devastating battle to retake Mosul from Isis, according to intelligence reports revealed exclusively to The Independent – a death toll far higher than previous estimates.

Residents of the besieged city were killed by Iraqi ground forces attempting to force out militants, as well as by air strikes and Isis fighters, according to Kurdish intelligence services.

Hoshyar Zebari, until recently a senior minister in Baghdad, told The Independent that many bodies “are still buried under the rubble”. “The level of human suffering is immense,” he said.

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Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic'

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40654915

US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes.

It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last 65 years or so.

The 8.3 billion tonnes is as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings in New York, or a billion elephants.

The great issue is that plastic items, like packaging, tend to be used for very short periods before being discarded.

More than 70% of the total production is now in waste streams, sent largely to landfill - although too much of it just litters the wider environment, including the oceans.

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Saudi-led coalition attack kills 20 near Yemen's Taiz

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/saudi-led-coalition-strike-kills-20-yemen-taiz-170719090944321.html

Local sources told Al Jazeera that Tuesday's attack targeted an area west of the city of Taiz, where a number of displaced families have sought safety.

Those killed are believed to have been in their homes when the attack took place, with the majority of the victims said to be from the same family.

Yemen's internationally recognised government confirmed that around 20 people were killed in the al-Atera village. It gave no further details on the attack.

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Thailand general jailed for human trafficking at mass trial

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40652012

A former Thai general has been sentenced to 27 years in jail for human trafficking at a landmark trial.

Manas Kongpan is among more than 60 people convicted in Bangkok of trafficking Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims, a minority fleeing Myanmar.

Another top former official was sentenced to 75 years in prison. More than 100 defendants were on trial.

Muslim Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar for years, paying people smugglers to help them escape.

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Nine-year-old boy trips, falls and discovers one-million-year-old fossil

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/fossil-discovery-new-mexico-boy-trips-falls-stegomastodon-a7849931.html

A young boy from New Mexico recently made an accidental discovery that’s sure to make his classmates – and scientists around the world – extremely jealous.

Nine-year-old Jude Sparks was walking with his family in Las Cruces, New Mexico when he tripped and fell over something protruding from the dirt.

On further examination, he and his brother determined it to be the remains of a “big fat rotten cow”. The two brought it to their parents, who identified it as an elephant skull.

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Discovery of tomb believed to be resting place of King Tut’s wife

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/discovery+tomb+believed+resting+place+king+wife/13797156/story.html

One of Egypt’s most famous Kings, King Tutankhamunm, died more than 3,000 years ago at only 18-years-old, but where his wife was buried has remained a mystery until now.

Archeologist Zahi Hawass, director of the Italian exhibition and his team discovered the tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings on July 7, 2017 and believe it may hold King Tut’s wife, ‘Live Science’ reported.

“We are sure there is a tomb hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits,” Hawass said.

These foundation deposits suggest that various artifacts were buried there in the beginning stages of building a tomb. Another piece of this puzzle suggests evidence of construction of the tomb’s entrance.

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Australia was colonised by humans 20,000 years before we first arrived in Europe, says new study

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/australia-human-colonisation-20000-years-before-europe-first-people-study-madjedbebe-mirarr-a7849421.html

Australia was colonised about 20,000 years before humans first arrived in Europe, according to new research.

The discovery of the world’s oldest stone axes with ground edges, ochre used to make "spectacular rock art" and other artefacts in northern Australia pushes back the earliest known presence of humans to 65,000 years ago.