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Jul 22, 2019

At the scene of a fatal car crash, I saw Americans reveal their fundamental decency
American media and politics today focus on divisions and wounds. But what I witnessed after a terrible traffic accident shows we're better than that.

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Jul 22, 2019

Death toll from India, Nepal, Bangladesh floods jumps to over 300
DHAKA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The death toll from severe flooding in parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh rose to more than 300 on Monday, even as heavy rains are starting to ebb and water levels started to recede in some of the worst-affected areas. Heavy rains and overflowing rivers swamped vast swathes of eastern India more than week ago, and officials on Monday said so far 102 people have died in Bihar state, 35 more than what the state government had estimated on Thursday. Torrential rains in Bangladesh killed more than 47 people in the last two weeks and at least 120 are missing and feared dead following severe floods and landslides in mostly mountainous Nepal, authorities from the two countries said.

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Jul 22, 2019

In sluggish Russian economy, halal sees growth
The manager of a sausage factory near Moscow, Arslan Gizatullin says his halal business has been feeling the pinch -- not so much from Russia's sluggish economy but competitors vying for a piece of a growing Islamic market. Ever more producers are catering for the domestic Muslim community, which accounts for around 15 percent of Russia's population and is set to expand, and in some cases are also setting their sights on export. "In the last few years in general, halal's become something of a trend in Russia," said Gizatullin, who has been at the Halal-Ash plant in the city of Shchyolkovo for seven years.

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Jul 22, 2019

Missing for more than 50 years, wreckage of submarine is finally found
La Minerve was found almost a mile and half below the sea, France's defense ministry said. It is unknown what exactly caused the submarine to sink.

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Jul 22, 2019

New audio shows UK could not prevent Iran takeover of tanker
The release Sunday of an audio recording has shed new light on the seizure of a British-flagged tanker at the hands of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as tensions flare in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The audio released by maritime security risk firm Dryad Global shows that a British frigate was too far away from the targeted tanker to keep it from being diverted into an Iranian port despite U.K. efforts to keep it from being boarded. On the recording, a stern-voiced British naval officer insists that the U.K.-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero must be allowed to sail through the Strait of Hormuz even as Iranian paramilitary forces demand — successfully — that the vessel change course.

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Jul 22, 2019

President Trump drops in on MAGA-themed wedding to chants of 'USA'
The President delivered the ultimate wedding gift to these Trump supporters, making their nuptials a little more memorable.

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Jul 22, 2019

Democrat Wendy Davis of Texas running for Congress in 2020
Texas Democrat Wendy Davis announced Monday that she will run for Congress in 2020, five years after badly losing a run for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the state Capitol. Davis will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy, who made headlines in May for single-handedly blocking $19 billion in disaster aid over protests that it didn't include money to address the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The spending bill ultimately passed, but not before Roy's delay frustrated lawmakers on both sides.

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Jul 22, 2019

Cement Companies Are Starting to Get a $33 Trillion Headache
(Bloomberg) -- The world's biggest cement makers have been under pressure from environmental groups, regulators and lawmakers to cut pollution. Now, some of the world's most powerful investors are echoing those calls.Members of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate change and the Climate Action 100 , a coalition of money managers with more than $33 trillion under management, is asking that European construction-material companies commit to a target of reducing net carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050. The group sent the demands to CRH Plc, LafargeHolcim Ltd, HeidelbergCement AG and Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA, along with letters setting out steps applicable for each company on how to get there.Just like industries from traditional power generation to shipping and transportation, pressure on is mounting on cement companies to clean up and help slow global warming. The industry accounts for 7% of the world's man-made carbon dioxide, according to the International Energy Agency. "Construction material companies may ultimately risk divestment and lack of access to capital,'' said Vincent Kaufmann, chief executive officer of the Ethos Foundation, a member of the group. "An increasing number of investors seek to exclude highly carbon-intensive sectors from their portfolios to meet their own decarbonization plans."Click here to read a story on why greener forms of cement are difficult to sell. Money managers are calling on the companies to detail how climate change impact their business in order for shareholders to better assess those who aren't preparing for such scenarios, according to the IIGCC, which is an arm of Climate Action 100 . It also called on companies to align th

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Jul 22, 2019

France finds wreckage of submarine which disappeared in 1968
The French Navy has found the wreckage of its 'Minerve' submarine, which disappeared off the coast of Toulon in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968, leading to the loss of 52 lives. "We have just found the Minerve. The government decided in 2018 to renew efforts to find the Minerve, following requests from the bereaved families, and found it thanks to the use of new sonar and drone technology.

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Jul 22, 2019

How Quickly Can an Attached Tick Make You Sick?
For a tick bite to make you sick, the tick must be attached to you and feeding for a certain amount of time. For some diseases, this can take a day or more. For others, it takes just minutes.  We...

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Jul 22, 2019

American crocodiles thriving near Florida nuclear plant; great white shark nearly bites boy on fishing boat
Animal expert Jeff Corwin reacts to the week's biggest stories.

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Jul 22, 2019

Son of Australian police chief, US girlfriend found dead in Canada
Two homicide victims found this week in western Canada are the son of a high-ranking Australian police official and the young man's US girlfriend, Canadian police said. The bodies of Lucas Robertson Fowler, a 23-year-old Sydney native, and Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, from the US state of North Carolina, were discovered Monday along a remote stretch of highway in northern British Columbia province, the police said in a statement late Friday. A blue Chevrolet minivan registered in neighboring Alberta province was found on the side of the road, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said, without confirming whether the van belonged to the couple.

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Jul 22, 2019

The Latest: Israel minister says strikes deter Iran
An Israeli Cabinet minister says Iran knows "who not to mess with" because Israel is the only country in the world that is killing Iranian operatives. Tzachi Hanegbi spoke to Israel Radio on Sunday after Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Jul 22, 2019

Trump has not built single mile of new border wall since taking office
It was the controversial campaign promise that Donald Trump built his 2016 electoral success on: to build what he called a "big beautiful wall" on the US border with Mexico.But, two and half years after he took office, supporters - who were so enamoured by the idea, they regularly chanted in favour of the structure - may be forgiven for wondering where exactly it is.Now, it has emerged that not a single new stretch of border wall has been built since Mr Trump took office in January 2017.A statement released by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency confirmed the 51 miles of fencing completed since Mr Trump took power has simply replaced barriers that already existed.No original wall or fencing has been created in areas that previously did not have any, it said.That is despite the fact that a total of 205 miles of both new and replacement wall and fencing has already been budgeted for since Mr Trump took office - including via the Treasury Forfeiture Fund which the president redirected through controversial executive action in February.Speaking anonymously to the Washington Examiner, a senior official in the Trump administration said engineers could move faster on so-called replacement projects than entirely new stretches of fence because the approval process for environmental and zoning permits was less extensive.Another official blamed Democrats for obstructing progress. He told the newspaper: "The wall projects are moving along as quickly as practicably possible given the unprecedented o

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Jul 22, 2019

Trump On The ‘Squad': They Are Not ‘Capable Of Loving Our Country'
President Donald Trump said Sunday he doesn't believe congresswomen in the "Squad" are capable of being patriotic Americans, adding that they are "destroying" the Democratic Party."I don't believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said," Trump said in a Sunday morning tweet. "They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!"His comments come after Trump's July 15 Twitter rant in which he asked "why don't they go back" of "‘Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen," seemingly referring to members of the "Squad" as well. Republicans including Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Texas Rep. Will Hurd criticized Trump for his remarks.The president has been dealing with the fallout from those comments ever since. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California announced a resolution to condemn his tweets against the freshman congresswomen. House Democrats passed the resolution Tuesday. But Trump's also managed to use the tweets to steer media attention.The "Squad" of congresswomen includes Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

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Jul 22, 2019

Turkey seizes $271 mln in counterfeit U.S. currency -newspaper
The raid was carried out on Friday in Istanbul's Esenyurt neighbourhood and five people were arrested, it said. Hurriyet said one of those arrested was previously released after being detained for suspected membership in a network that Ankara blames for orchestrating a failed military coup in 2016. Turkish authorities accuse the leader of this network, U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, of masterminding the attempted putsch in July 2016.

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Jul 22, 2019

Universal Orlando reopens after police respond to report of a gunman in parking garage
Universal Orlando went under temporary lockdown Saturday night after police received a report of a gunman spotted in a parking garage.

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Jul 22, 2019

What Would a 21st Century Moon Base Look Like?
Humanity has never seen the settlement of another world. Here's what it might look like.

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Jul 22, 2019

Zimbabwe increases fuel prices again, but pumps remain dry
Zimbabwe hiked fuel prices on Monday for the second time in a week but most pumps remained dry, with no end in sight to shortages that are helping drive inflation rapidly higher and which have led to protests about the cost of living. The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority said a litre of petrol would now cost 7.45 Zimbabwe dollars, up 22% from 6.10 dollars. With inflation soaring, economic analysts say increases in fuel prices are adding to price pressures, especially as rolling electricity cuts are forcing businesses to use expensive diesel generators to power their operations.

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Jul 22, 2019

Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen
The Vatican on Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th-century princesses and a teenager who went missing 36 years ago. The ossuaries were found last week under the floor of the Pontifical Teutonic College after the shock discovery earlier this month that the bones of the princesses had disappeared from tombs in the Teutonic Cemetery. The graves of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe and Princess Charlotte Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1836 and 1840, were exhumed after an anonymous tip-off that they may hold the remains of a missing Italian youngster.

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Jul 22, 2019

US says it is up to UK to take care of its own ships in sign of disunity over Iran tanker crisis
The United States has signalled that Britain could be on its own in the Persian Gulf, in a fresh sign of disagreement between the allies over Iran policy. Asked about any possible US role in the tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, said on Monday that "the responsibility ... falls to the United Kingdom to take care of their ships." The US has been attempting to build a "coalition of navies" to coordinate efforts to protect ships in the Gulf, but the UK has not yet said that it will participate. It is understood Britain is hesitating over fears such a move could be seen by Tehran as provocative, at a time when the Government wants to avoid being dragged into more confrontation. Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero on Friday in retaliation for Royal Navy marines impounding an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar earlier this month on suspicion it was transporting oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. A speedboat of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard moves around a British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized on Friday by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, Credit: AP It is thought that British authorities had been pressured by the US, which has its own sanctions on Iran and is keen to stop as much of its oil exports as possible. Spanish newspaper El Pais reported over the weekend that the US alerted Madrid that the Grace 1 was heading towards its

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Jul 22, 2019

Trump's New Asylum Rule Doubles Down on Failure
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Another directive on immigration from the Trump administration begets another court challenge. In a sweeping rule change, the administration has declared that, with narrow exceptions, any "alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border after failing to apply for protection in a third country outside the alien's country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which the alien transited en route to the United States is ineligible for asylum."The new rule has so far triggered two lawsuits arguing that it contravenes the Immigration and Nationality Act and exceeds the Attorney General's statutory authority. More such challenges will doubtless follow, and judges will render their verdict. But you don't need a court to see that this is bad policy.True, every aspect of the U.S. asylum system is under great strain. Border facilities built to house single Mexican males are facing a huge influx of Central American families seeking asylum. Court dockets are overflowing, and nearly half of the overall backlog of about 1 million cases involve an asylum claim. This creates incentives for meritless claims, because asylum-seekers who pass their initial screening are released into the U.S. to wait years for a court date. And law enforcement can't keep up with removing those whose claims have been rejected.It would be one thing if an administration committed to welcoming immigrants and helping genuine refugees was trying to cope by temporarily limiting applications. But this isn't what's happening. The president wants to restrict all forms of immigration, and admissions of refugees have fallen by three-quarters on his watch. Policy changes have

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Jul 22, 2019

UK PM front-runner Boris Johnson says trade deal can break Brexit deadlock
Boris Johnson, favoured to become Britain's new prime minister, said on Sunday the country could agree a free trade deal to leave the European Union that would remove the need for one of the more problematic parts of a previous agreement. In his weekly column in The Telegraph newspaper, Johnson said technology could avoid having to stick to the so-called Northern Irish backstop, a part of an agreement with the EU that many lawmakers in Britain's parliament reject. The backstop, an insurance policy to ensure there will be no return to a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland, has become one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the lengthy Brexit talks.

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Jul 22, 2019

The Latest: Attackers beat Hong Kong protesters in subway
Hong Kong media have released video footage showing masked assailants attacking commuters in a subway station. Among those attacked were protesters clad in their trademark black clothing and yellow hard hats. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in a march Sunday to call for direct elections and an independent investigation into police tactics used during earlier pro-democracy demonstrations.

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Jul 22, 2019

Thousands in Brooklyn still in dark as New York City deals with another power outage
Con Edison tweeted at 4 a.m. Monday that about half of the 33,000 customers in Brooklyn had power restored after a blackout Sunday.

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Jul 22, 2019

Shares Soar on First Day of Trading for China's Nasdaq Rival
The launch comes amid high tensions with the U.S. over a damaging trade war

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Jul 22, 2019

Trump administration expands scope of rapid deportations
The hard-line measures come as Trump appears poised to make immigration a focus of his 2020 reelection campaign.

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Jul 22, 2019

'Outrageous': Convicted criminals serve as Alaskan police amid public safety crisis, investigation finds
Dozens of police officers with criminal records have worked in Alaska, despite state law that should have disqualified them, an investigation finds.

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Jul 22, 2019

'Send her back' chants 'very, very painful, extremely divisive': Rep. Elijah Cummings
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings discusses President Trump's comments and supporter chants on "This Week."

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Jul 22, 2019

5 shot dead, 6 wounded in Acapulco bar near beach
Gunmen killed five men and wounded six other people at a popular bar in Acapulco on Sunday, the latest in a string of violent incidents for the once-glamorous Pacific Coast resort city that has fallen on hard times. The Guerrero state prosecutor's office said the shootings took place in the morning at a watering hole called Mr. Bar, which is on the city's broad coastal avenue across the street from high-rise beachside hotels. Acapulco is full of summer vacationers, and days earlier authorities launched a security operation for the tourist season.

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Jul 22, 2019

Good News for Trump and GOP: RNC Stomped DNC In June Fundraising
The Democratic National Committee raised $8.5 million in June and has $9.3 million in the bank, according to campaign finance records released late Friday.Both figures are far behind what the Republican National Committee said it has raised. The GOP said it raised $20.8 million in June, and has $43.5 million cash on hand, Fox News reported Wednesday. Republicans also said the party has no debt, while the DNC has $5.7 million in debt, according to FEC records. (RELATED: Bad News For DNC: The Democrats' And GOP's Money, By The Numbers)June doesn't appear to be an anomaly. Republicans say they've raked in $51 million in the past three months. The RNC has been posting record fundraising numbers so far in 2019. In February, the party raised $14.6 million, a record high for that month in a non-election year.The RNC, which has yet to file its official campaign finance documents, shared its strong showing in an email blast Saturday.

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Jul 22, 2019

F-35s Go to War: Why Israel's Strike on Syria Was so Successful
The Israeli Air-force had apparently been waiting for a provocation as the resulting counterattack against the launchers and the Iranian military infrastructure was an overwhelming one. On May 9th the Iranian Quds force that belongs into the Revolutionary Guards Corps launched a rocket salvo against the Israeli forces in the Golan heights. The IDF had anticipated the move and placed several Iron Dome batteries to protect the region, so the attack did very little damage and several rockets were shot down.There have been conflicting reports on whether the weapon used to attack Israel was a Russian built BM-27 Uragan or an indigenous Iranian Fajr-5.The Fajr-5 system is an indigenous Iranian 333 mm artillery rocket that is mounted on Mercedes-Benz 2624 trucks in 4-tube launchers. System has a maximum range of 75 km and rather abysmal accuracy with a 3 km CEP. Combination of a 900 kg class conventional warhead and the low accuracy makes the FAJR-5 more of a terror weapon than any kind of precision battlefield instrument.The Israeli Air-force had apparently been waiting for a provocation as the resulting counterattack against the launchers and the Iranian military infrastructure was an overwhelming one. Unlike in the response for the February drone incident, the IAF was well prepared with a large strike package that had a sizable SEAD element on hand.

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Jul 22, 2019

British Airways, Lufthansa suspend Cairo flights
British Airways and Lufthansa both said Saturday they were suspending flights to Cairo for unspecified reasons related to safety and security. The British carrier said it was canceling flights to the Egyptian capital for a week. Lufthansa said it was suspending its flights as a precaution, mentioning "safety" but not "security" as its concern.

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Jul 22, 2019

End in sight for US heat wave that set temperature records
The United States sweltered in dangerously hot weather on Sunday, with major cities including New York, Philadelphia and Washington broiling in temperatures that rose into triple digits. An oppressive heat wave stretching from the Midwestern plains to the Atlantic coast had nearly 150 million people struggling to stay cool in stifling heat that set records in a handful of states. "The dangerous heat wave which enveloped much of the Midwest to the East Coast this weekend should finally break by Monday as a cold front drops southward," the agency said.

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Jul 22, 2019

EU ministers meet in Paris on divisive issue of migrants
European ministers met Monday in Paris seeking some unity on how to deal with migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, people who are now being blocked out of ports by Italy and Malta, dragged back unwillingly to lawless Libya or used as pawns in political standoffs across Europe. "We intend to make ourselves respected," Salvini declared in another tweet.

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Jul 22, 2019

Rare new shark species squirts glow-in-the-dark liquid from its pockets
Scientists from various universities and research groups identified the 5½-inch shark as the American Pocket Shark, or Mollisquama mississippiensis.

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Jul 22, 2019

Pete Buttigieg: white supremacy could be the end of America
South Bend mayor says this ‘is the only issue that almost ended this country' amid controversy over Trump's racist remarksDemocratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at the AARP presidential candidates forum in Iowa, on Saturday. Photograph: Olivia Sun/APWhite supremacy "could be the lurking issue that ends this country", Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has said. He added: "The entire American experiment is at stake."The mayor of South Bend, Indiana made the stark comments to ABC News, in the midst of boiling national controversy over Donald Trump's racist remarks about four Democratic congresswomen."That is the only issue that almost ended this country," Buttigieg said. "We've had a lot challenges in this country, but the one that actually almost ended this country in the civil war was white supremacy."It could be the lurking issue that ends this country in the future, if we don't wrangle it down in our time."The civil war was fought from 1861 to 1865 and resulted in the end of slavery in southern states. It is commonly accepted that around 620,000 soldiers died. Some estimates are considerably higher.Since running for office in 2015, Trump has both failed to convincingly disavow support from the far right and expressed racist views. Most notoriously, when white supremacists rallied to defend a statue of Confederate general Robert Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 and a counter-protester was killed, the president insisted there were "very fine people on both sides". Re

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Jul 22, 2019

Oil prices rise on Gulf tensions
London (AFP) - Oil prices rose on Monday after Iran seized a British tanker in the Gulf, fuelling concern about supplies and a possible conflict in the crude-rich Middle East.

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Jul 22, 2019

Israeli Air Force's F-35 Stealth Fighter Went Into Iran's Airspace: Report
As we have already explained, in May 2018 the IAF revealed that it has used its stealth fighters in combat operations, making Israel the first country in the world to carry out an "operational attack" using the F-35.Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) commander Brigadier General Farzad Ismaili, who had been in office since 2010, has been fired by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after he kept secret that Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35 stealth fighters had violated Iran's airspace, the Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida reported on Saturday.(This first appeared several weeks ago.)The newspaper emphasized that it was the original media source that exposed the Israeli raids, which had taken place in March 2018. Al Jarida cited senior Iranian military who said that only following its March report did the intelligence services of the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian intelligence ministry begin to investigate the case, under Khamenei's direct orders.According to the newspaper's investigation, "the IAF F-35 "Adir" planes penetrated Iran's airspace, circled high above Tehran, Karajrak, Isfahan, Shiraz and Bandar Abbas - and photographed Iran's air defense system."

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Jul 22, 2019

Lost French submarine finally found after 50 years missing
A French submarine missing for over 50 years has been found in the Mediterranean. The wreck of the Minerve, according to Agence France-Presse, was discovered off the port of Toulon, on the south coast of France, with the find announced by officials on Monday.A private vessel reportedly found the submarine, which went missing five decades ago on Jan. 17, 1968 with 52 sailors aboard."We have just found the Minerve. It's a success, a relief and a technical feat," wrote Defence Minister Florence Parly on Twitter, as per a translation by Google. "I'm thinking of the families who have been waiting for this moment so long." Nous venons de retrouver la Minerve. C'est un succes, un soulagement et une prouesse technique. Je pense aux familles qui ont attendu ce moment si longtemps. pic.twitter.com/pjDnj7lEyb -- Florence Parly (@florence_parly) July 22, 2019Several searches for the Minerve had turned up nothing over the years, AFP reports. Then, in 2019, following demands from the sailors' families to locate the submarine, Parly commissioned another search, which used newer technology to reassess data from the time of the submarine's disappearance, recreated tides in the western Mediterranean Sea, and analysed seismic reports.According to a senior French naval officer who spoke to the news outlet anonymously, the Minerve was found 2,370 metres (7,800 feet) deep, 45 kilometres (30 miles) off the coast of Toulon by a private vessel, the Seabed Constr

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Jul 22, 2019

Louisiana police officer's Facebook post says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'needs a round,' report says
"This vile idiot needs a round," read the officer's post. "And I don't mean the kind she used to serve," he said of the former bartender.

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Jul 22, 2019

Israeli crews demolish Palestinian homes in major operation in east Jerusalem
Israel demolished a number of Palestinian homes it considers illegal south of Jerusalem early Monday, in a move which has drawn international concern. The Palestinians immediately slammed the demolitions in the Sur Baher area which straddles the West Bank and Jerusalem, but Israel defended the move as essential to its security. Before dawn, hundreds of Israeli police and soldiers sealed off buildings in the area close to the Israeli security barrier which cuts off the occupied West Bank, an AFP journalist said. Residents and activists were dragged out of the homes, many of which were still under construction. Earthmovers then demolished at least three multi-story buildings, the journalist said. They appeared to be preparing to destroy an eight-story building under construction at Monday lunchtime. Palestinians accuse Israel of using security as a pretext to force them out of the area, meant to be under Palestinian Authority civilian control Credit: HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images One man yelled "I want to die here", after being forced out. Ismail Abadiyeh, who lived in one of the buildings destroyed, said he and his family would be left homeless. "We will be on the street," he told AFP. Israel says the buildings were built too close to the separation barrier that it built to stop attacks from the West Bank. Palestinians accuse Israel of using security as a pretext to force them out of the area as part of long-term efforts to expand settleme

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Jul 22, 2019

Huawei secretly helped North Korea build, maintain wireless network -Washington Post
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , the Chinese company put on a U.S. black list because of national security concerns, secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing sources and internal documents. The Chinese telecommunications giant partnered with a state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology Co Ltd., on a number of projects in North Korea over at least eight years, the Post reported. Such a move would raise questions of whether Huawei, which has used U.S. technology in its components, violated American export controls to furnish North Korea with equipment, according to the Post.

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Jul 22, 2019

Iran crisis: How a British oil tanker was seized by Iran's balaclava-clad Revolutionary Guards
"Allahu akbar", or God is great, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard marine was heard shouting off camera as the group took control of the British-flagged Stena Impero. Scaling down ropes onto its bow, the balaclava-wearing hijackers made a daring - and seemingly well-rehearsed - raid of the oil tanker, as seen in alleged footage released by Fars news agency last night.  The wind was choppy, the skies overcast. With no navy escort, the Stena stood little chance. Minutes later, at 4.19pm on Friday afternoon, the Stena Impero would "go dark" - not something normally done by commercial oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. The first clue as it what happened was its abrupt change of course, which was picked up by marine tracking services. Its destination was a port in Saudi Arabia, but it had taken a sharp turn and was heading into Iranian waters. Minutes earlier it had been boarded by Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who had hijacked the vessel using speedboats and a helicopter and turned off its communication systems. Approximately 40 minutes later, a British-owned, Liberian-flagged ship Mesdar also went dark. The trackers picked it up following the same route as the Stena Impero. The crew onboard was questioned for an hour before the vessel was released, unlike the Stena which was escorted on to the coast of Bander Abbas in southern Iran. British authorities were alerted back home and quickly called a meeting of Cobra to figure out their response

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Jul 22, 2019

Iran probes seized UK-flagged tanker, Britain to hold emergency meeting
Iran warned Sunday that the fate of a UK-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf depends on an investigation, as Britain prepared for an emergency security meeting on Tehran's action. Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz. Video footage released by Iran showed the Stena Impero tanker being surrounded by speedboats before troops in balaclavas descend a rope from a helicopter onto the vessel.

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Jul 22, 2019

Is a new US-led war looming with Iran?
The United States is deploying troops in Saudi Arabia as tensions soar with its arch-rival Iran raising concerns over navigation in the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz. It will be the first deployment of its kind since 2003, when American forces withdrew from the kingdom after a 12-year presence and two US-led wars with Iraq that culminated with the toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein. Separate statements from Riyadh and the US Central Command, or CENTCOM, say the Saudi deployment aims to ensure stability in the turbulent Gulf.

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Jul 22, 2019

More F-35s Are Headed to This NATO Member
The Royal Netherlands Air Force soon will buy another eight or nine F-35 stealth fighters, defense minister Ank Bijleveld said in a July 2019 interview.The additional F-35s will help the Dutch air force to reequip an additional front-line fighter squadron.The decision partially restores deep cuts to the Dutch fighter fleet that began at the end of the Cold War and continued through the 2008 global financial crisis. Today the RNLAF operates around 60 F-16s in three front-line squadrons and one training unit.At its peak in the late 1980s, the Dutch F-16 fleet included more than 200 airframes, making it one of Europe's most powerful fighter forces.The Netherlands is a major partner in the U.S.-led F-35 program and originally planned to acquire 114 of the radar-evading warplanes to fully replace the F-16 fleet. But the country's defense budget shrank and the F-35's cost rose.Amsterdam in 2013 budgeted just $6 billion to buy 37 F-35s, enough to equip two F-16 squadrons plus the training unit. Critics pointed out that 37 fighters would be sufficient to support long-term deployments of just a handful of aircraft."Because pilots are also busy with training and surveillance of Dutch airspace, only four aircraft could be permanently on a foreign mission," Dutch newspaper Trouw reported. "Should an [F-35] crash, even that limited assignment would be difficult."

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Jul 22, 2019

Millions of Barrels of Iranian Oil Are Piled Up in China's Ports
(Bloomberg) -- Tankers are offloading millions of barrels of Iranian oil into storage tanks at Chinese ports, creating a hoard of crude sitting on the doorstep of the world's biggest buyer.Two and a half months after the White House banned the purchase of Iran's oil, the nation's crude is continuing to be sent to China where it's being put into what's known as "bonded storage," say people familiar with operations at several Chinese ports. This supply doesn't cross local customs or show up in the nation's import data, and isn't necessarily in breach of sanctions. While it remains out of circulation for now, its presence is looming over the market.The store of oil has the potential to push down global prices if Chinese refiners decide to draw on it, even as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies curb production as growth slows in major economies. It also allows Iran to keep pumping and move oil nearer to potential buyers."Iranian oil shipments have been flowing into Chinese bonded storage for some months now, and continue to do so despite increased scrutiny," said Rachel Yew, an analyst at industry consultant FGE in Singapore. "We can see why the producer would want to do so, as a build-up of supplies near key buyers is clearly beneficial for a seller, especially if sanctions are eased at some point."See also: Iranian Oil Tanker Daniel Enters Chinese Port: Ship TrackingThere could be more of the Persian Gulf state's oil headed for China's bonded storage tanks, Bloomberg tanker-track

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Jul 22, 2019

Republicans should let Donald Trump alone own his idiotic, offensive messes
Trump's tweets were stunningly vile, even by Trumpian standards. Republicans need to create space between themselves and his indefensible conduct.

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Jul 22, 2019

Putin gives Russian citizenship to Novatek's finance chief, a U.S. national
President Vladimir Putin handed Russian citizenship to gas producer Novatek's veteran finance chief Mark Gyetvay on Monday, a move that could potentially help the U.S. national bypass some sanctions restrictions. U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 ban U.S. nationals and companies from helping organise long-term funding for some major Russian firms, including Novatek. When the U.S. and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia, executives with foreign passports at companies affected including Novatek - the country's largest non-state natural gas producer - and state bank VTB handed over responsibility for organising new debt or equity issuance to colleagues without EU or U.S. passports.

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Jul 22, 2019

Explosion in popularity of hemp products leaves Texas unable to bust marijuana users
Texas politicians thought they were clear: the bill they overwhelmingly passed allowing the growth and sale of hemp had nothing to do with legalising cannabis."This is no slippery slope towards marijuana," Charles Perry, a Republican state senator who sponsored the bill, said in May, according to The Dallas Morning News.But since Greg Abbott signed the measure into law in June, county prosecutors around Texas have been dropping some marijuana possession charges and declining to file new ones, saying they do not have the time or the laboratory equipment needed to distinguish between legal hemp and illegal marijuana.Collectively, the prosecutors' jurisdictions cover more than 9 million people — about a third of Texas' population — including in Houston, Austin and San Antonio.The accidental leniency represents one of the unintended consequences states may face as they race to cash in on the popularity of products made with or from hemp.Interest has surged in oils, gummies and other goods infused with CBD, or cannabidiol, which is processed from cannabis plants but does not produce a psychoactive effect.The police and prosecutors in Florida are facing the same problem as their Texan colleagues after the Sunshine State legalised hemp in July."This is not just Texas," said Peter Stout, president of the Houston Forensic Science Centre, which runs tests for the Houston Police Department and other agencies."Everybody is struggling with this."In Texas, prosecutors have

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Jul 22, 2019

Democratic delegation makes trip to the southern border
Maryland Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin says Democrats are disappointed by what they saw at the border detention facility.

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Jul 22, 2019

Drug bosses joked about US opioid crisis that led to lives being needlessly lost, leaked emails show
As the opioid epidemic was raging in America, in May 2008 a representative of the nation's largest manufacturer of opioid pain pills sent an email to a client at a wholesale drug distributor in Ohio.Victor Borelli, a national account manager for Mallinckrodt, told Steve Cochrane, the vice-president of sales for KeySource Medical, to check his inventories and "[i]f you are low, order more. If you are okay, order a little more, Capesce?"Then Borelli joked, "destroy this email. . .Is that really possible? Oh Well. . ."Previously, Borelli used the phrase "ship, ship, ship" to describe his job. Those email excerpts are quoted in a 144-page plaintiffs' filing along with thousands of pages of documents unsealed by a judge's order Friday in a landmark case in Cleveland against many of the largest companies in the drug industry.[[gallery-0]] A Drug Enforcement Administration database released earlier in the week revealed that the companies had inundated the nation with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills from 2006 to 2012.Nearly 2,000 cities, counties and towns are alleging that the companies knowingly flooded their communities with opioids, fuelling an epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 since 1996.The filing by plaintiffs depict some drug company employees as driven by profits and undeterred by the knowledge that their products were wreaking havoc across the country. The defendants' response to the motion is due on 31 July.In January

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Jul 22, 2019

Funeral service held for 86 Muslims killed by Serbs
PRIJEDOR, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Several thousand people attended a funeral service in Bosnia on Saturday for 86 Muslims who were slain by Serbs in one of the worst atrocities of the country's 1992-95 war. Relatives of the victims, religious leaders and others gathered at a soccer stadium near the eastern town of Prijedor, standing solemnly behind lines of coffins draped with green cloths. The Serbs later threw bombs onto the bodies, which made identifying the victims difficult.

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Jul 22, 2019

'Storm our shelter': Oklahoma animal shelter uses Area 51 craze to its advantage
The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is encouraging people who are planning to storm Area 51 to adopt a pet first.

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Jul 22, 2019

B-1Bs Around the World Nonstop at Mach 0.92: The Legendary 1995 Operation Coronet Bat
Over the course of the 36-hour mission, the B-1s took on some 2.5 million pounds (1.13 million kilograms) of fuel, hit all of their designated targets (within 15ft/4.6m at Pachino) and set three world records in the C1.Q (330,000-440,000lb or 149,685-199,581kg) Class.Curtis LeMay first flew KC-135A 55-3126 to Buenos Aires in November 1957 to demonstrate the operational capability of American airpower in the face of Soviet ICBM potential. For most observers, however, Operation Long Legs was a publicity flight. Some 15 years later, Americans had become jaded by multiple moon-walking missions, the quagmire in Vietnam, and the self-destruction of a president. There was little public interest in notable aviation accomplishments. Military fliers, however, understood the practical applications of record-setting flights and pursued them without expectation of public accolades. In March 1980, for example, two B-52Hs from K I Sawyer AFB, MI, flew around the world non-stop, loitering over the Gulf of Arabia to monitor Soviet naval developments there. Hardly a grandstanding stunt, the flight showed that even without basing rights in a newly anti-American Iran, the United States could still keep tabs on the Soviet presence in the oil rich Straits of Hormuz. Strategic airpower trumped local weakness.

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Jul 22, 2019

Britain tells UN tanker seizure was 'illegal interference'
A top British representative to the United Nations has declared in a letter to the Security Council that Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker amounted to "illegal interference," and he rejected Tehran's version of events. Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard after patrol boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.

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Jul 22, 2019

The Orion capsule for NASA's next moon landing is ready to rock
The next trip to the moon isn't supposed to happen until 2024, but NASA is now ready to put living humans on the surface.On July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA confirmed that work on the Orion crew vehicle is complete. The reusable capsule, designed to carry four to six astronauts, is meant to offer a "sustainable" option for carrying humans to other worlds, including the moon and, later, Mars.NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine called the new development "an opportunity to take a giant leap forward for all of humanity." The Orion capsule is supposed to carry humans to the moon in 2024 as part of the larger Artemis program.Orion's first trip to space is planned for 2020/2021, and it's to be an uncrewed test flight in which the module will spend 10 days in orbit around the moon before returning to Earth. The Artemis 2 mission is expected to follow in 2022, this time bringing live astronauts out into space for a moon flyby.The 2024 mission will include an actual, crewed landing, with the module first visiting to to-be-built Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway, a space station that's meant to remain in lunar orbit and serve as a staging ground for communications, scientific research, habitation, and exploration. NASA hopes that by 2028, humans will have a sustainable presence on the surface of the moon.SEE ALSO: Where are the lost Apollo 11 Moon landing tapes?Also completed is Orion's European Servi

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Jul 22, 2019

This Dem Slow-Walked Getting Trump's Taxes—Now He's Getting Primaried
Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via GettyThe latest 2020 primary challenger has emerged in Massachusetts. Alex Morse, the 30-year-old mayor of Holyoke, announced Monday that he is challenging Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), a 30-year-incumbent representing Massachusetts' 1st Congressional District, citing a lack of urgency from the established member and his acceptance of corporate PAC money. "There's an urgency to this moment in Massachusetts' First District and our country, and that urgency is not matched by our current representative in Congress," Morse said in a statement. "The fact is, the Congressman has been largely silent on the issues that matter most. He's been absent, unaccountable, and unavailable. It's not just that we need new leadership in Washington. We need new leadership that understands that we can no longer settle for small, incremental, and compromising progress. We need to be on offense. We need to be fighting for something, not just against." In his campaign launch video, Morse, Holyoke's youngest and first openly gay mayor, discusses the city's revitalization under his leadership, his parents' struggles with poverty, and his pledge to take no corporate PAC money. Since his election in 2011, at the age of 22, Morse has implemented a needle exchange program to fight the opioid epidemic, become the first mayor in the state to endorse legalizing marijuana, and declared Holyoke a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. Neal, 70, who first assumed office in 1989, has long seemed ripe for

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Jul 22, 2019

Trump Is a Symptom of an Age That's Been a Long Time Coming
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIf you subscribe to the Mark Twain aphorism that "history doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes," it's worth noting that Twain didn't write it and that the Donald Trump presidency doesn't rhyme with much of anything.We've had hucksters like P.T. Barnum, demagogues like Huey Long, and corrupt politicians like former Illinois governor (and former Apprentice contestant) Rod Blagojevich, but none of those guys got elected president. Richard Nixon was corrupt and did get elected president, but the country turned its back on Nixon when he incriminated himself on his own tape recordings.The election of Donald Trump—a reality TV host with no previous political experience, who was caught on tape saying when you're a celebrity you get to grab women by the you-know-what, and won 2.8 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton—should remove all doubt about the rhyming thing.Instead of Twain, shouldn't the patron saint of American historians be political philosopher Weird Al Yankovich, who cautioned America in the '90s that "everything you know is wrong"? With all due respect to Weird Al, I couldn't get historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer to go quite that far when I talked to them about their book Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974.In the last 45 years, Democrats and Republicans started sorting by ideology, judicial appointments became partisan battles, Newt Gingrich turned the House of Representatives into a zero-sum political operation, the Ele

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Jul 22, 2019

Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says
The expert, Giorgio Portera, said the "enormous" size of the collection under the Teutonic College was revealed when Vatican-appointed experts began cataloguing the remains, which were discovered last week . "We didn't expect such an enormous number" of bones and other remains which "had been thrown into a cavity," Portera said. "We want to know why and how" the bones ended up there.

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Jul 22, 2019

White man denies saying 'Go back where you came from'
Eric Sparkes showed up during a WSB-TV interview with Rep. Erica Thomas of Austell on Saturday, outside the Atlanta-area Publix store where the incident occurred , the station reported . Thomas confronted Sparkes in front of reporters and said he had "degraded and berated" her. In a tearful Facebook video posted Friday, Thomas said she was in the express line because she is nine months pregnant and cannot stand for long.

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Jul 22, 2019

Why the New York Times Is In Love with Communism
Editor's note: In its coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, The New York Times published a series of pieces critical of the U.S. space program, including an article titled "How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality." Promoting that article, the Times tweeted, "America may have put the first man on the moon, but the Soviet Union sent the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit—all years before the U.S. would follow suit."Unfortunately, this is far from the only time the Times has been a cheerleader for communism. The following article was first published in 2017.It seems communism is back in vogue at The New York Times.The liberal Left continue to push their radical agenda against American values. The good news is there is a solution. Find out more A sad but common issue in the modern West is that progressives have created a fanciful and distorted picture of socialism to make it seem like an intriguing alternative to American-style capitalism.Ikea socialism—with Sweden as the model—is an utterly distorted, but at least understandable, example for leftists to trot out as a demonstration of success.

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Jul 22, 2019

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Jul 22, 2019

Why Pakistan Should End Its Alliance with China
Pakistan has made several major grand strategic mistakes since its creation in 1947, including the attack on India in 1971, which led to Pakistan's dismemberment. However, Pakistan is in the midst of making another grave mistake, and it is one seldom discussed. This is the high cost of its alliance with China. Due to the poverty in its long-term, strategic planning, Islamabad's conception that the Sino-Pakistani alliance is key to Pakistani security introduces dependence on Beijing and creates the avenue for Beijing's exploitation and manipulation of it—with the result that Pakistan finds itself less secure and alone in the world. We argue that Pakistan should reverse course. The alliance with China ultimately serves China's ambitions above Pakistan's. Islamabad should extricate itself from its alliance with China, and improve its position by aligning with other, democratic states.The rise of China has had profound impact on Pakistan's strategic calculations. A more powerful and outwardly amicable China causes a natural reaction in Pakistan to align itself more closely with China in order to balance against India, its long-term adversary. Pakistan's leadership believe that an alliance with China will somehow replace the long-term Pakistani dependence on the United States in mediating its relations with India. They also think that this relationship will help improve Pakistan's poor economic situation.

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Jul 22, 2019

Vigilante Armies Are Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels, but Whose Side Are They Really on?
Jorge Lopez/ReutersFILO DE CABALLOS, Mexico—The assault force rolls through this small mountain town not long after dark. Traveling in a fleet of pick-ups with about 15 men in each truck, they are dressed in pixelated camouflage uniforms and ballistic vests and at first glance they look like official army units, but their weapons give them away. Many of these commandos carry AK-47 model assault rifles, which aren't used by the Mexican armed forces.The logo stamped on the doors of the trucks shows a figure from the Mexican Revolution wearing a sombrero and brandishing a rifle astride a charging horse. Below that are the words Policia Comunitaria, or community police, and a phrase which, roughly translated from Spanish, reads: "Death before surrender or humiliation."The men in the trucks are members of the United Front of Community Police of Guerrero State, better known by its Spanish acronym of FUPCEG. Tonight FUPCEG's shock troops are on their way to assault the nearby town of El Naranjo, which is currently held by the forces of an organized crime group called the Cartel del Sur."We fight to free communities that have been isolated by the criminals," says a squad leader who asks to be identified only as "El Burro" in an interview with The Daily Beast. "Everyone has a right to security. And to economic freedom. Campesinos [small farmers] and their children shouldn't suffer under the rule of bandits," Burro says. "The people of this town have asked us for hel

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Jul 22, 2019

Trump turns up at wedding, prompting chants of ‘USA!'
A bride and groom were left stunned after Donald Trump made a surprise appearance at their wedding.The US president turned up unexpectedly as the event was in full flow at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey.Mr Trump was greeted by applause from newlyweds Nicole Marie and PJ Mongelli and their guests and clapped along himself.He then beckoned the couple over to him and put his arms around them as they led chants of "USA, USA" and "Trump, Trump, Trump" while pumping their arms in the air.The president can then be seen kissing the bride on the cheek before shaking the groom's hand.Ms Mongelli's cousin Danielle De Santiss posted footage of the meeting on Instagram with the hashtag MagaWedding.In an earlier video, posted on Instagram by @snd321, a woman tells Mr Trump as he stops by the bridal suite: "You're a class act that you came in here." View this post on Instagram Congratulations to my beautiful cousin @nicoleeeemariie & @pattyboy3428 ?? ... swipe left ???????????? MagaWedding freeasaprocky A post shared by Danielle DeSantis (@danielledesantiss) on Jul 21, 2019 at 10:33am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by SND321 (@snd321) on Jul 20, 2019 at 7:08pm PDTThe groom then asked the president to stop by their wedding reception later.Mr Mongelli, who has a Facebook photo of he and his wife wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, told CNN afterwards: "He was such a gentleman. He was aces."He added that the couple, who got engaged to his wife at the golf resort in 2017, were big Tr

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Jul 22, 2019

Two Delta Air Lines planes clip wings at Boston Logan International Airport
Two Delta Air Lines planes touched wings at Boston Logan International Airport as a flight was arriving to its gate Friday night.

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Jul 22, 2019

U.S. Army Invests In Studying ‘Hyperfit' Women Who Pass Its Hardest Tests
The U.S. Army is investing in studying the "hyperfit" women who pass some of the military's most grueling tests."This is a unique historical time," research physiologist Julie Hughes, who is assisting with the study at the base in Natick, Massachusetts, told The Associated Press. "There's this group of women who made it through the training so we want to get them to at least do these observational investigations to explore what makes them unique."She and Holly McClung, a nutritional physiologist at the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, have already begun preparing to run tests, like measuring how much oxygen a person uses while exercising, on volunteers. McClung said she was notified July 12 that the tests were given the green light.The Pentagon lifted all combat job bans for women in December 2015. Since then, roughly 35 women have reached the elite levels of Army Ranger, graduating Marine infantry school or passing the initial assessment phase of Green Beret training, according to the AP.All of the women participating in the study will do so voluntarily, but McClung and Hughes said they already expect plenty of military women to raise their hands, metaphorically speaking. They plan to have groups of two or three women at a time undergo the testing — which includes mental, physical and psychological elements — to discover why they are able to do what so many men and women cannot.

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Jul 22, 2019

Thousands without power after explosion, fire at Madison Gas and Electric
Two fires are burning at downtown Madison properties of the Madison Gas and Electric company.

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Jul 22, 2019

Britain urges Iran to free seized tanker
Britain on Saturday urged Iran to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf by releasing a UK-flagged ship it said had been illegally seized in Omani waters in an "utterly unacceptable" gambit. Tehran was defiantly ignoring mounting European appeals to free the captured oil tanker and its mostly Indian crew, as the United States prepared to redeploy troops to Iran's regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it seized the Stena Impero ship on Friday for breaking "international maritime rules" in the Strait of Hormuz, a Gulf choke point for about a third of the world's sea-borne oil.

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Jul 22, 2019

Biden Leads in CBS Democratic Poll but Faces Enthusiasm Gap
(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden remains the top choice among Democratic voters in states that will hold early presidential primary and caucus contests in 2020, as four main contenders emerged as the top tier of the large field, a new CBS News poll showed on Sunday.Biden had 25% support as voters' first choice for the Democratic nominee, with Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 20% and Kamala Harris of California at 16% gaining ground on the former vice president. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont was fourth in the survey with 15% support. No other candidate reached double-digit support in the poll.Biden continued to benefit from his perceived electability against President Donald Trump in the general election, with 75% of likely voters considering voting for him because they think he could beat Trump. Meanwhile, 85% of those considering Biden cited his time as former President Barack Obama's vice president as a reason for choosing him.Still, there's an enthusiasm gap for Biden among some primary voters, the poll found. A majority of those surveyed, 56%, said Warren would fight "a great deal" for people like them, and 54% said the same of Sanders. Only 38% described Biden that way.When asked who has been the most "passionate" so far, Warren and Sanders each had 28%, while Biden had just 14%. Warren, who has touted her policy proposals, was seen as the most specific candidate, with 42%, while Harris was seen as the strongest with 32%.Despite recent criticism of Biden by other candidates, 68% of respondents in the

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Jul 22, 2019

Amid Dangerous Heat Wave, Hundreds of Thousands of Michigan Homes Are Without Power After Severe Storms
DTE Energy says it hopes to restore power to 80% of affected customers by Monday

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Jul 22, 2019

Attacks and Beijing's Warnings Fuel Hong Kong Anxiety
(Bloomberg) -- A night of protests and clashes in Hong Kong -- including tear gas volleys and roving groups of masked men attacking protesters -- prompted the strongest warnings yet from the Chinese government and fanned fears of escalating violence.Police fired smoke canisters to clear Hong Kong's streets late Sunday after demonstrators defied government requests to cut short another large and otherwise peaceful march through the Asian financial hub. Thousands of protesters had earlier surrounded China's liaison office and defaced the national emblem, an act that Beijing's representative said in a statement "seriously challenged" the central government's authority.Around the same time, groups of men wearing white shirts and surgical masks attacked metro passengers in the Yuen Long area, miles away near the border with the mainland metropolis of Shenzhen. While no arrests were made and it was unclear who the assailants were, the group targeted people dressed in black, the preferred color of demonstrators. An opposition lawmaker and several journalists were among dozens reported injured in the melee.Chief police superintendent Tse Chun-chung called the violence in the Yuen Long station "lawlessness" while speaking to Hong Kong Commercial Radio on Monday. The police have promised to arrest those responsible if there is sufficient evidence, according to the program.Traffic had resumed around China's liaison office and in Sheung Wan with little sign of protesters. Street sweepers were cleaning up the sidewalk nea

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Jul 22, 2019

5 family members on vacation killed in 3-vehicle crash that injured 7
Five people have been killed and seven have been hospitalized after a three-vehicle crash in South Texas.

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Jul 22, 2019

90% of Border Crossers Aren't Referred for Asylum Interviews
The government is implementing a new proposal that would ban asylum for immigrants coming to the United States through Mexico. It pins the uptick in border crossers on the asylum process, but the government's statistics reveal that 90 percent of crossers in 2019 were not referred for an asylum interview at the border, and the highest share ever referred was just 19 percent in 2018.In fact, the rate of referral was just 7 percent in March 2019. This strongly indicates that the asylum ban will not have its intended effects. Figure 1 compares the rate at which undocumented immigrants at the southwest border were referred for asylum interviews at the border—called credible fear interviews—for each year from 2010 and 2019 as well as March 2019—the most recent month available. In no year has more than one in five immigrants stopped either at or between ports of entry entered the asylum process from the border.The pattern is not significantly different for immigrants from Central America's Northern Triangle—Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The highest percentage of credible fear claims was just 30 percent in 2016, and the rate for 2019 is 9 percent. March 2019 was actually just 6 percent. In other words, at the border at least, the asylum ban will have very little effect on most Central American crossers.

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Jul 22, 2019

'Canary in the coal mine': Singapore woes ring trade alarm bells
A plunge in exports and the worst growth rates for a decade have fuelled concerns about the outlook for Singapore's economy, with analysts saying the figures offer a warning that Asia is heading for a slowdown as China-US tensions bite. While it may be one of the smallest countries in the world, the export hub is highly sensitive to external shocks and has long been viewed as a barometer of the global demand for goods and services. The affluent city-state is highly dependent on trade and has traditionally been one of the first places in Asia to be hit during global downturns -- with ripples typically spreading out across the region.

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Jul 22, 2019

'Flesh-eating' bacteria: Here's how you can avoid contracting necrotizing fasciitis
Across the U.S., there appears to be a rise in cases of people contracting 'flesh-eating' bacteria. Experts weigh in on the cause of the bacteria and what families can do to stay safe while enjoying the rest of summer vacation.

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Jul 22, 2019

Four Inmates Faked a Fight to Escape Florida Juvenile Detention Center
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office HandoutFour teenage inmates staged a fight inside their dorm-style cell late Saturday night at a Florida juvenile detention center as a ruse to escape, overpowering staff and stealing a staff member's car and a cell phone as they fled.Two of teens who escaped from the Florida Department of Juvenile justice facility in Jacksonville, remained at large Sunday and a manhunt was underway to apprehend them.According to a tweet from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the four inmates faked a brawl in their room and then attacked the staff who responded to the scuffle. The boys were then able to overpower staff in the center's control room and pushed several buttons until one released the jail's main door. The boys then stole car keys from the handbag of one of the staff members and made off in the dark of the night with the a four-door Infiniti Q50 with Florida license plate LANE19.The foursome also took the staff member's county-issued cellphone and wallet with an unknown amount of cash. The Jacksonville Sheriff's office named the escapees still at large as Tajah Bing, 16, Davione Baldwin, 17. Tyjuan Monroe, 16, and Marcus Ledbetter, 17, were captured early Sunday morning. The inmates were serving jail time for offenses ranging from grand theft auto to robbery with a firearm and are considered dangerous, though are not known to be armed. One was serving time for "lewd and lascivious" behavior with a child under the age of 12-years-old. The Jacksonville sheriff's of

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Jul 22, 2019

France braces for second heatwave amid fears of pollution spike
As France braces for its second heatwave this summer, with air pollution expected to spike again, Marseille has imposed speed limits on ships entering its port in an effort to curb emissions. Cruise liners cause more nitrogen dioxide pollution in the Mediterranean city than cars, according to a recent survey by a government-approved air quality monitoring organisation.  Marseille has lowered the speed limit for ships entering its port from 10 to 8 knots. Jean-Marc Fornieri, the head of the port authority, claimed: "A reduction of two knots is equivalent to one third less pollution." However, he acknowledged that in practice it would be difficult to measure the impact of the lower speed limit.   France's second-largest city is also investing €20 million (nearly £18m) on a plan to offer all ships electrical connections from the quayside, so they do not keep their engines running to supply onboard power while docked.  Hundreds of cruise liners visit Marseille each year, carrying 1.7 million passengers, compared to only 19,000 in 1996. It is an increasingly popular destination for cruise passengers on Mediterranean tours. Tourists visit its spectacular calanques, or narrow inlets along the coast, and travel on to historic towns elsewhere in Provence such as Avignon and Arles. Heatwaves exacerbate air pollution because intense sunshine produces higher levels of ozone, a pollutant. Scientists say there is a direct correlation between extremely high temperatures and respiratory problems. Last month a record tempe

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Jul 22, 2019

Hong Kong police seize explosives as rival camps rally
Police in Hong Kong discovered a stash of a powerful homemade explosive as the semi-autonomous Chinese city readied for another major pro-democracy protest on Sunday following a pro-Beijing rally that attracted thousands. Materials voicing opposition to an extradition bill that has sparked more than a month of demonstrations in Hong Kong were found at the site, local media said, but a police spokesman said no concrete link has been established and that the investigation is continuing. In a rally that aimed to counter the pro-democracy movement, thousands of people filled a park in central Hong Kong on Saturday to support the police, who have been accused of using rough tactics on protesters.

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Jul 22, 2019

Horse kicks man in groin at popular Maryland beach
A tourist was kicked in the crotch by a wild horse on the beach of Assateague Island, located off the coast of Maryland, after the man attempted to pet the animal.

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Jul 22, 2019

How Trump caught his entire staff off guard with tirade of racist tweets
President Donald Trump's own top aides didn't think he fully understood what he had done last Sunday, when he fired off a trio of racist tweets before a trip to his golf course.After he returned to the White House, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway felt compelled to tell him why the missives were leading newscasts around the country, upsetting allies and enraging opponents.Calling on four minority congresswomen - all citizens, three born in the United States - to "go back" to the "totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" had hit a painful historical nerve.Trump defended himself. He had been watching "Fox & Friends" after waking up. He wanted to elevate the congresswomen, as he had previously discussed with aides.The lawmakers - Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan - were good foils, he had told his advisers, including campaign manager Brad Parscale. The president said he thought he was interjecting himself into Democratic Party politics in a good way.As is often the case, Trump acted alone - impulsively following his gut to the dark side of American politics, and now the country would have to pick up the pieces.The day before, on the golf course, he hadn't brought it up. Over the coming days, dozens of friends, advisers and political allies would work behind the scenes to try to fix the mess without an

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Jul 22, 2019

Secrets: Everything You Wanted to Know About Israel's Nuclear Weapons
The Iranian nuclear nonproliferation agreement has been the top foreign policy issue throughout Washington for the past two months.  Approving or disapproving the deal was the first order of business for the U.S. Congress until the very last day of congressional action under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (September 17).  Hours of debate have been conducted on the floors of the House and Senate, both chambers have held roll call votes, and Senate Democrats bonded together to filibuster a motion of disapproval — a resolution that would have prevented President Obama from providing the Iranians sanctions relief.The Obama administration's main selling point for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is based on the theory that forcing Tehran to downgrade its nuclear program will make the threat of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East — the world's most frenetic and violent region even without nuclear weapons— far less urgent.  Yet we should remember that there is in fact a state in the region that already possesses nuclear weapons. That state happens to be Washington's closest ally in the Middle East: Israel.(This first appeared in September 2015.)There are a lot of mysteries surrounding Israel's nuclear arsenal. That is partly due to the Israeli security establishment's unwritten rule of never speaking about the country's nuclear weapons program in public in order to preserve the principle of deterrence.  But there are indeed some basic elements of Israel's nucl

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Jul 22, 2019

Over 20,000 rally in Moscow as election anger boils over
More than 22,000 people packed a Moscow square Saturday to demand free and fair local polls, incensed by the authorities' refusal to put popular opposition candidates on the ballot. Staging their largest protest in years, opposition leaders such as President Vladimir Putin's top opponent Alexei Navalny and ordinary Muscovites rallied after authorities refused to register independent candidates seeking to contest the September vote for the capital's parliament. "This is my city!" the crowd chanted during the two-hour-long sanctioned rally.

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Jul 22, 2019

Parents blame Royal Caribbean for toddler's death after 11-story fall
"I never want another mother to see what I had to see, or to scream how I had to scream," Kimberly Wiegand said in a TV interview Monday.

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Jul 22, 2019

Murders in Mexico surge to record in first half of 2019
Murders in Mexico jumped in the first half of the year to the highest on record, according to official data, underscoring the vast challenges President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces in reducing violence in the cartel-ravaged country. There were 14,603 murders from January to June, versus the 13,985 homicides registered in the first six months of 2018, according to data posted over the weekend on the website of Mexico's national public security office. Mexico is on course to surpass the 29,111 murders of last year, an all-time high.

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Jul 22, 2019

National Weather Service bakes biscuits in scorching van during heat wave
While the middle of the biscuit remained doughy, the outside was "actually edible," meteorologists said.

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Jul 22, 2019

More Basra water crises unless Iraq govt fixes 'failures': HRW
Nearly 120,000 people were hospitalised last summer after drinking polluted water, in a mass health crisis that sparked deadly protests against the dire state of public services. In a damning report, HRW found the generally poor state of water quality was likely compounded by algae that rapidly spread last year in the Shatt al-Arab waterway that runs through Basra and provides it with its primary water source.

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Jul 22, 2019

New German defence chief pledges to speed up race to Nato 2pc spending target
Germany's new defence minister has picked an early fight inside the country's troubled coalition, pledging to beef up military spending against the will of junior partners the Social Democrats. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will make it a priority to allocate a budget equivalent to 2 percent of the German economy to the Bundeswehr, the 56-year-old told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper in an interview published on Sunday. The woman known as "mini-Merkel" due to her loyalty to the Chancellor, took over as leader of the Christian Democrats from Angela Merkel at the end of 2018 and is set to take a run at the Chancellery in 2021 at the latest. "We made a clear commitment to NATO's two percent goal. I know that we can't get there from one day to the next, but I'm just as clear on the fact that we must get there in the end," she said. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, who took over as defence minister on Wednesday, is likely to ignite yet another fire under Berlin's tinder-dry coalition with her first concrete pledge in the role. After she struggled for popularity and recognition early on though, Ms Merkel parachuted her into the defence ministry after it was vacated by new European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen last week. Nato defence expenditure and major annual exercises involving US troops The defence ministry is a notoriously tricky portfolio in Germany. Chronic under-spending on equipment has left the Bundeswehr overstretched, while the army has been dogged recently by allegations i

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Jul 22, 2019

Iran pays tribute to late UN atomic agency chief
Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi paid tribute to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, after his death was announced on Monday. "My deep condolences... We worked very closely," tweeted Araghchi, who took part in the negotiations for a hard-won nuclear deal agreed between Iran and world powers in 2015. "I commend his skillful and professional performance... (that) resulted in complete closure" of the file on the "possible military dimension" of Iran's nuclear programme.

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Jul 22, 2019

Huawei secretly helped North Korea build, maintain wireless network: Washington Post
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the Chinese company put on a U.S. black list because of national security concerns, secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing sources and internal documents. The Chinese telecommunications giant partnered with a state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology Co Ltd., on a number of projects in North Korea over at least eight years, the Post reported. Such a move would raise questions of whether Huawei, which has used U.S. technology in its components, violated American export controls to furnish North Korea with equipment, according to the Post.

Yahoo News
Jul 22, 2019

Indiana police identify body of Detroit woman found in 1999
Authorities on Sunday identified a Michigan woman who was found dead 20 years ago in a northeastern Indiana field, renewing the investigation into her "suspicious" death. The Steuben County Sheriff's Department said they followed hundreds of leads to try to identify the woman over two decades, including using an FBI lab in Virginia, the National Missing Persons DNA Database and a genetic genealogy database. Authorities were able to identify the woman — Tina L. Cabanaw of the Detroit area — through a family tree and confirm it after a DNA test of her daughter, Jessica Gallegos of Colorado.

Yahoo News
Jul 22, 2019

Man Who Can't Afford Tropical Vacation Does the Normal Thing By Faking the Best Trip Ever and a Lot of People Can Relate
Faced with financial constraints, a man who couldn't afford a trip to Hawaii made a wacky video that is spreading laughter across the internet.

Yahoo News
Jul 22, 2019

Meet the woman who ties Jeffrey Epstein to Trump and the Clintons
Heiress Ghislaine Maxwell paved the way to presidents.

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Jul 22, 2019

UPDATE 1-Libyan warplane makes emergency landing on road in southern Tunisia
A Libyan warplane made an emergency landing on a road in the southern Tunisian town of Beni Khadash on Monday and its pilot has been detained, according to Tunisia's state news agency TAP. The Tunisian Ministry of Defence said the pilot informed the authorities that he was forced to make the landing due to damage to his plane. Tunisia's air force prepared to intercept the L-39 warplane but it landed before it could be reached, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

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Jul 22, 2019

Oil spikes on Iran tensions, Libya woes
London (AFP) - Oil prices jumped Monday after Iran seized a British tanker in the Gulf, fuelling fresh concerns about supplies and a possible conflict in the crude-rich Middle East.

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Jul 22, 2019

Lawmaker describes 'unacceptable' border detention conditions, meets with US citizen in Border Patrol custody
A U.S. lawmaker described 'unacceptable' border detention facilities while meeting with a U.S. citizen in Border Patrol custody.

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Jul 22, 2019

Lightning strikes one man at Florida beach, injures 7 others
The lightning strike sent one man into cardiac arrest and left others with burn injuries.

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Jul 22, 2019

Israel prepares to demolish homes on Jerusalem outskirts, stoking Palestinian fears
Israeli forces began preparations to demolish homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem under the cover of darkness on Monday, in the face of Palestinian protests and international criticism. Bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli soldiers and police moved in to Sur Baher, a Palestinian village on the edge of East Jerusalem in an area that Israel captured and occupied in the 1967 Middle East War. Palestinians fear that the razing of village buildings near the fence will set a precedent for other towns along the route of the barrier, which runs for hundreds of kilometres around and through the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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