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Jul 20, 2019

Iran crisis: British oil tanker seized in Strait of Hormuz as UK shipping warned to avoid area in Gulf
Stena Impero seized in Strait of Hormu?z on Friday night A second tanker, Mesdar, was stopped before being released Jeremy Hunt says seizures "unacceptable", holding a COBR meeting Government warns UK shipping to avoid area Analysis: Boris Johnson could face early test as Iran 'exploits' political uncertainty US developing 'coalition' of navies to protect ships amid Iran tensions Two British oil tankers were seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday night, in a major escalation of tensions in the Gulf. The British-flagged Stena Impero had been en route to Saudi Arabia, but abruptly changed course and began sailing towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, data relayed by maritime tracking services showed. The 30,000-tonne ship "went dark", meaning its transponder was turned off, at 4.29pm UK time and nothing has been heard from her or her 23 crew since. A second oil tanker, the British-operated, Liberian-flagged Mesdar, was intercepted by the Guards about 40 minutes after the course shift by Stena Impero, and was held for some time before being allowed to resume navigation.  HMS Montrose, the Type-23 frigate, was understood to have been dispatched to help the Stena, but was minutes too late.  Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, said he was "extremely concerned by the seizure of two vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz".  British oil tanker seized in the Gulf Mr Hunt said he was attending

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Jul 19, 2019

'World in my window': Apollo went to Moon so we could see Earth
On their journey to the Moon, the Apollo 11 crew had to rotate their spaceship continuously so that one side didn't "barbecue" in the Sun while the other froze -- meaning they couldn't see their destination until they were almost upon it. "When we rolled out and looked at (the Moon), oh, it was an awesome sphere," the 88-year-old told an audience at the George Washington University Thursday night, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing on July 20.

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Jul 19, 2019

Rep Ilhan Omar's Constituents on Trump's Go Home Taunt: We've Heard it Before
Tom Williams/GettyMINNEAPOLIS—They've been told to go home in grocery stores. On the way to pick up lunch at McDonald's. On a highway overpass and in school playgrounds. While wearing the uniform of the U.S. military. For many residents of Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, President Donald Trump's repeated attacks on four minority Democratic members of Congress — which culminated in him telling them to go back to where they came from and goading supporters into echoing that call — amounted to much more than the latest race-centered controversy sparked by the White House. Much more, too, than an attack on their very own representative in Washington, Ilhan Omar, a first-year Democratic lawmaker.In lobbing that racist taunt at Omar, Trump also directed it at many of her constituents — because many of them have heard it themselves countless times.Saciido Shaie, a 36-year old community advocate who left Somalia as a child, recalls going places with her three children — all born in the U.S. — only to be met by strangers telling them to "go back to where you came from" or scoffing, "I hate your kind.""His attack on Ilhan, on immigrants, is actually attacking me and my kids," she told The Daily Beast in an interview. "Ilhan will not go back. I wouldn't go back. Where do I go? I don't know anything about Somalia. I don't know where my home would be.""When I see or hear people asking me to go back home, like — I am home."This district, which includes the city of Minneapolis and some

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Jul 19, 2019

Hong Kong protesters use signals, Post-its to hone skills
Hong Kong's youth are no rookies when it comes to protests. Using a range of new tactics, they have helped rally hundreds of thousands of fellow Hong Kong residents to take to the streets over the past month. The Hong Kong-based web forum LIHKG and Telegram, the encrypted messaging app, have served as crucial organizing platforms for the largely leaderless protests.

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Jul 19, 2019

Biden's son Hunter makes his 1st 2020 campaign appearance
Joe Biden's son Hunter made his 2020 presidential campaign trail debut with his father Friday, two weeks after the former vice president praised him for battling through "tough times," including years of drug and alcohol abuse. The younger Biden's appearance at a fundraiser in Southern California on Friday was a sign the former vice president and his campaign see him as an asset to the campaign despite a series of personal problems that had kept him in the background. Hunter Biden, 49, attended the event with his new wife, Melissa Cohen, and his daughter Finnegan at the home of Pasadena City Councilmember John Kennedy.

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Jul 19, 2019

Teacher Arrested After Allegedly Forgetting Child in Hot Car in Oklahoma
A man was arrested for child endangerment after allegedly leaving a 4-year-old boy in a hot car for over 30 minutes.

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Jul 19, 2019

Saudi king approves hosting U.S. troops to enhance regional security: SPA
Saudi Arabia's King Salman approved hosting U.S. forces in the country to boost regional security and stability, the state news agency (SPA) reported on Friday. The gesture comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran in the Gulf that have impacted global oil markets. On Friday, Iran said it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, but denied Washington's assertion that the U.S. Navy had downed an Iranian drone nearby earlier this week.

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Jul 19, 2019

An Open Secret: Russia Will Never Become a Stealth Fighter 'Superpower'
Speaking on May 15, 2019, Putin said the Kremlin would buy scores of Su-57s over the next eight years. If Putin is serious and the Russian defense ministry follows through on the pledge, Russia soon could possess a meaningful number of stealth fighters. But there are good reasons to be skeptical.But buying into the Su-57 program won't magically solve the program's problems. The Su-57 is an immature design whose production line is small and inefficient. That won't quickly or cheaply change.Russian president Vladimir Putin made a big show on May 14, 2019 of visiting the 929th Chkalov State Flight-Test Center in Russia's Astrakhan region.(This first appeared in May 2019.)Six Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighters -- fully half of the Su-57s that Sukhoi has built since the type first flew in 2010 -- escorted Putin's Il-96 VIP plane on the trip from Moscow to Astrakhan.Speaking on May 15, 2019, Putin said the Kremlin would buy scores of Su-57s over the next eight years. If Putin is serious and the Russian defense ministry follows through on the pledge, Russia soon could possess a meaningful number of stealth fighters.But there are good reasons to be skeptical. The Su-57 still isn't a mature design. It lacks key combat systems. Sukhoi hasn't set up a big, efficient production line for the type. And Moscow almost certainly doesn't have the money to buy a large number of stealth fighters.

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Jul 19, 2019

'Clearly a racist act': After biracial boy dragged by school bus, school settles lawsuit
The teen's mother sued the school district in May, alleging a bus driver intentionally closed the door on her 13-year-old biracial son's backpack.

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Jul 19, 2019

S. Korean man kills himself as dispute with Japan escalates
An elderly South Korean man died on Friday after setting himself on fire outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul as a bitter diplomatic dispute over wartime forced labour compensation took a fatal turn. The row has seen Tokyo restrict exports of chemicals vital to Seoul's world-leading chip and smartphone industry in an escalation of a decades-long dispute over Japanese forced labour during World War II.

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Jul 19, 2019

Iran seizes British oil tankers for 'violating international maritime rules' as tensions escalate in Gulf
Stena Impero was en route to Saudi Arabia when seized on Friday night Mesdar believed to have been hijacked 40 minutes later Jeremy Hunt says seizures "unacceptable", holding a COBR meeting Donald Trump "talking to the UK" about incident Iran says Stena Imperio stopped on suspicion it has "violated international maritime law" Iran claims US shot down its own drone by mistake A British-flagged oil tanker was seized by Iran on Friday night and was heading towards a Revolutionary Guard base, in a major escalation of tensions along one of the world's most vital oil shipping routes. The Stena Impero had been en route to Saudi Arabia but made an abrupt change of course and began moving towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, according to data relayed by maritime tracking services. The ship "went dark", meaning its identification system was turned off, at 16:29 UK time and nothing has been heard from her or her 23 crew since. Northern Marine, a Clyde-based subsidiary of the ship's Swedish owner Stena AB, confirmed that a "hostile action" had preceded the vessel's change of course on Friday afternoon. They issued a statement saying it had been "approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters." The ship turned suddenly into Iranian waters Credit: marinetraffic.com/PA Iran's Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that they stopped the tanker at

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Jul 19, 2019

US offers $7 mn to find Hezbollah agent as Pompeo visits Argentina
The United States on Friday offered a $7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to unite Latin American nations against the militants. Pompeo visited to mark the 25th anniversary of Argentina's deadliest attack, lighting a candle at the site of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association where a plaque lists the names of the 85 dead.

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Jul 19, 2019

Lockheed awarded $1.48 billion Saudi missile defense contract: Pentagon
Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.48 billion contract to build the THAAD missile defense system for Saudi Arabia, bringing the total value of the deal to $5.36 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday. The new contract was a modification to a previously awarded agreement to produce the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor for Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said. In November 2018, Saudi and U.S. officials signed letters of offer and acceptance formalizing terms for Saudi Arabia's purchase of 44 THAAD launchers, missiles and related equipment.

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Jul 19, 2019

Why no hush-money charges against Trump? Feds are silent
When special counsel Robert Mueller closed the books on the Russia investigation, he produced a report of more than 400 pages, and Attorney General William Barr held a news conference outlining the reasons the Justice Department didn't charge President Donald Trump. There was no news conference or press release announcing the end of the investigation this week.

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Jul 19, 2019

Florida father allegedly zip-tied son to plywood and forced him to sleep without a mattress
A Florida father was arrested after he allegedly used zip ties to strap his 13-year-old son to a piece of plywood

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Jul 19, 2019

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin complains about current U.S. lunar ability
When President Donald Trump asked Buzz Aldrin, the second human ever to walk on the moon, what he thought about the United States' current ability to operate in space 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, the ex-astronaut had a ready response. "Actually, I've been a little disappointed over the last 10 or 15 years," Aldrin told Trump on Friday. With the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing being celebrated this week, Trump brought into the Oval Office the surviving astronauts from that mission, Aldrin and Michael Collins, and relatives of the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

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Jul 19, 2019

Laws banning gay sex under challenge in tiny Caribbean nation
A gay man in the tiny Caribbean nation of Dominica filed a legal claim challenging its laws that ban gay sex and punish same-sex relations with prison terms and psychiatric confinement, a Canada-based rights group said on Friday. Dominica is one of nine Caribbean countries that outlaw gay sex, and taking down its ban could build momentum to address the anti-gay laws throughout the region, supporters said. The challenge seeks to prove the law violates Dominica's constitution that guarantees rights to freedom of expression, privacy and freedom from inhumane or degrading punishment.

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Jul 19, 2019

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' begins life term in Colorado 'Supermax' prison
A jury convicted him of drug trafficking and engaging in multiple murder conspiracies as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico's largest, most violent drug-trafficking organizations. "We can confirm that Joaquin Guzman is in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at United States Penitentiary (USP) Administrative Maximum (ADX) Florence, located in Florence, Colorado," the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said in a statement.

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Jul 19, 2019

Baby's family mad about hospital bills in cut-from-womb case
A Chicago-area hospital says it regrets sending bills to the family of a baby boy who died about seven weeks after attackers cut him from his mother's womb. Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn sent bills for Yovanny Lopez's care that totaled about $300,000, said the family's lawyer, Frank Avila. Some bills even referred to Yovanny as "Figueroa, boy" — the last name of Clarisa Figueroa, who is accused of orchestrating the attack on the baby's mother so that she could claim him as her own.

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Jul 19, 2019

Brazil alerted companies about U.S. embargo on Iran: Bolsonaro
The Brazilian government has been alerting local companies about the extent of sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran and the possible consequences in case of noncompliance, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday. "There is this problem, the U.S. unilaterally imposed these sanctions on Iran. Brazilian companies have been informed by us about this situation and are running a risk there," Bolsonaro told reporters.

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Jul 19, 2019

UPDATE 1-Britain says seizure of two vessels by Iran is unacceptable
Britain said Iran's seizure of a British-flagged vessel and a Liberian-flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz was unacceptable and called for freedom of navigation in the Gulf. "I'm extremely concerned by the seizure of two vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. "I will shortly attend a COBR (national security) meeting to review what we know and what we can do to swiftly secure the release of the two vessels - a British-flagged vessel and a Liberian-flagged vessel," he said.

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Jul 19, 2019

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Jul 19, 2019

Man arrested after allegedly raping 4-year-old girl in McDonald's play area bathroom
Oklahoma authorities are investigating after a man allegedly raped a 4-year-old girl inside the bathroom of a McDonald's in Midwest City.

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Jul 19, 2019

Power station fires knock out service on hot day in Madison
Fires at two transmission substations in Wisconsin's capital knocked out power to more than 11,000 customers on a sweltering day, shutting down government buildings, courtrooms and businesses and prompting police to call in additional staff. An explosion and fire at the Madison Gas and Electric main power center sent a plume of thick, black smoke over Madison's east side about 7:40 a.m. Friday. A second fire at a substation near the University of Wisconsin-Madison prompted the evacuation of Ogg and Smith Halls and the UW Safety Building.

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Jul 19, 2019

Why thousands demand Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló resign
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló faces calls to resign after private chats leaked, revealing the men mocking women and victims of Hurricane Maria.

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Jul 19, 2019

Iran Seizes British Oil Tanker, Escalating Tensions With Western Powers
GIUSEPPE CACACEIran's military seized a British tanker in the Persian Gulf on Friday, further ratcheting up the tensions between Tehran and Western powers in the Persian Gulf. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced via state-run news outlets that it had seized the British tanker Stena Impero "for failing to respect international maritime rules."The seizure comes as an apparent response to Britain's detention of an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar in early July and comes on the heels of a series of alleged Iranian attacks on Japanese, European, and Middle Eastern tankers in the Gulf of Oman. British officials told reporters that they are "urgently seeking further information and assessing the situation." A British official told The Daily Beast that the incident is currently being discussed at the highest levels of the British government. Separately, Defense Department officials confirmed to CNN that Iran had captured a second tanker on Friday, the MV Mesdar, a Liberian-flagged vessel. As Iran-U.S. Tensions Rise, Hezbollah Readies for War With IsraelBefore Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced the seizure on Friday, vessel tracking data showed the Stena Impero diverting off course and towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, home to a number of IRGC-N facilities. A statement posted to the website of Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management, the ship's owner, said the Stena Impero "was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of

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Jul 19, 2019

Seized British-flagged tanker in Gulf had turned off its tracker, ignored warnings - IRNA
The British-flagged tanker seized by Iran's elite forces on Friday had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings from the Revolutionary Guards, Iran's state news agency IRNA quoted a military source as saying. "The tanker had turned off its tracker and ignored several warnings by the Guards before being captured," an unnamed military source told IRNA.

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Jul 19, 2019

Iran says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake
Iran denied it lost a drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the United States said it had 'destroyed' an Iranian drone that was threatening a U.S. ship.

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Jul 19, 2019

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Jul 19, 2019

Apple's iPhone 12 will pack a processor unlike anything else in the industry
Each new iPhone generation brings us a brand new Apple processor that is faster than ever, and much better than what the competition has to offer. The A12 chips that power the iPhone XS and 2018 iPad Pros are so fast that they can outperform most computers in benchmark tests. And that performance inspired many comparisons between the iPhone and MacBooks, further fueling speculation that Apple might soon launch MacBooks powered by its own ARM chips.The iPhone 11 phones that will be released in September will deliver another bump in speed and energy efficiency, and the same goes for the 2019 iPad Pros that will use a souped-up version of that A13 chip. But a new report says it's next year's iPhone series that will pack a revolutionary processor unlike anything else in the industry.The A12 was the first 7nm chip to ship inside a commercial product this year. This year, the A13 will get a new upgrade. It'll still be a 7nm chip, but it'll be of the extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) variety. That means Apple will be able to cram even more transistors in the same space, which would lead to performance gains as well as reductions in energy consumption.While other smartphones will also feature 7nm and 7nm EUV chips this year, Apple's A13 and A13X will likely deliver the best performance in town, outscoring all their rivals including processors that power laptops and desktops.This brings us to a new Digitimes report that focuses on TSMC's financial performance so far this year. Buried in the rep

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Jul 19, 2019

Lawsuit: North Dakota officers used 'violence' on protester
Marcus Mitchell, 24, filed the lawsuit Thursday against Morton County, the city of Bismarck and state Highway Patrol officers. Highway Patrol spokesman Wade Kadrmas declined comment, citing pending litigation. A Morton County official didn't immediately respond to the Bismarck Tribune's request for comment Thursday.

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Jul 19, 2019

Mueller probe witness now faces child sex trafficking charge
A businessman who served as a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation now faces a charge of child sex trafficking in addition to transporting child pornography. An indictment made public Friday in federal court in Alexandria charges Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, 60, with transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe to Washington, D.C., in February 2000 and engaging in sex acts with him. It details his efforts to serve as liaison between a Russian banker close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of President Donald Trump's transition team.

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Jul 19, 2019

Russia's Military Is Transforming (And Getting Stronger) Right Before Our Eyes
At a meeting of the military-industrial commission in Moscow in September 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin had instructed the Ministry of Defense to organize work on the creation of the Military Innovative Technopolis ERA (MIT ERA).In an age of cyber security and artificial intelligence, it is only fair to assume that the technological sophistication of warfare has been upgraded as well. Russia has made headlines for orchestrating an international campaign of information warfare, courtesy of allegations of election interference in the 2016 U.S presidential elections.For the last few years, Russia has been focusing a great deal on developing its military technology. In an age of technological supremacy, the decisionmaking risk calculus has escalated, and Russia's maritime strategy is now focused on a new doctrine of sophisticated military capabilities.As Russia expands its geopolitical sphere of influence, there is no doubt that the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House are keeping a close eye on Russia's military innovations.So, what does Russia's military innovation policy look like?For one, some Russian analysts like it to a startup analogy, where Russia is a venture capitalist and is ready to pour in money into the newest technology on the block. The military infrastructure in Moscow is clearly championing breakthroughs in military technology through start-up style disruption.The Russian military with firm Russian characteristics, that is

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Jul 19, 2019

U.S. intelligence chief creates election security position
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who has drawn criticism from President Donald Trump for assessments that countered his policies, said on Friday he was creating a new position to focus solely on U.S. election security. "Election security is an enduring challenge and a top priority for the IC (international community)," Coats said in a statement. Coats said he had tapped Shelby Pierson, the DNI's crisis manager for election security during the 2018 congressional elections, for the job.

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Jul 19, 2019

Israeli ambassador says Omar and Tlaib will be allowed in country
Omar said the pair are set to visit the country in the coming weeks and has introduced a new resolution supporting the right of Americans to boycott Israel.

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Jul 19, 2019

Venezuela Political Chaos Deepens With Third Claim to Presidency
(Bloomberg) -- If Venezuelan politics weren't convoluted enough, they just got a bit more complicated this week.The opposition-aligned Progressive Advance party hired Ari Ben-Menashe, a Montreal-based lobbyist, to "pursue Henri Falcon's election as President of Venezuela," according to a contract filed with the U.S. Justice Department.Days after the public filing, Falcon and his advisers are walking back the purpose of the $200,000 contract. An amended document, obtained by Bloomberg News, said their main aim is "to pursue a peaceful solution to Venezuela's economic, humanitarian and political crisis." Progressive Advance said in a press release that it was "absurd" to consider a presidential candidacy for Falcon.The former Lara state governor didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.Falcon lost to President Nicolas Maduro in a widely criticized election last May. That led the U.S. and more than 50 governments to recognize National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the nation's rightful leader this January, when Maduro's second-term began.The lobbying effort underscores an ongoing rift within Venezuela's opposition, even as roughly four-fifths of Venezuelans share a negative view of Maduro's government. Last year, the nation's main opposition bloc boycotted what it called a sham vote pitting Maduro against Falcon and televangelist Javier Bertucci.In the contract, Progressive Advance said it's working with Ben-Menashe's firm to establish contact with Washington and Moscow to seek a solution to the country's crisis. The party has proposed an oil-for-food program in which Venezuela could export oil to the U.S. and the profits would be used exclusively to buy food f

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Jul 19, 2019

EU plans to offer Boris Johnson no-deal Brexit extension: The Guardian
"It will be described as a technical delay to save Boris from political embarrassment but then we will have time to find an agreement," a senior EU diplomat told the newspaper http://bit.ly/2xWScq9. Johnson could maintain the stance of being on course to leave EU without an agreement while keeping open the option of coming to a deal with the bloc, according to the proposal cited by the Guardian. EU leaders are discussing steps to be taken in the event Johnson presses ahead with exiting the European Union without a transition deal on Oct. 31, the newspaper said.

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Jul 19, 2019

Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, 4 hurt
A strong earthquake centered northwest of Athens shook Greece on Friday, causing frightened residents to run into the capital's streets and damaging several buildings. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake that struck at 2:13 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) a preliminary magnitude of 5.1. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude of 5.3.

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Jul 19, 2019

Trump insists US downed Iranian drone, Tehran denies
President Donald Trump insisted on Friday that the military had downed an Iranian drone that was threatening a US naval vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, despite denials from Tehran. Trump, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, also warned Iran against doing anything "foolish," saying it would pay a heavy price if it did so. "No doubt about it, no -- we shot it down," Trump said at a White House event honoring the Apollo 11 astronauts.

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Jul 19, 2019

Parents told they could lose kids over unpaid school lunches
A Pennsylvania school district is warning that children could end up in foster care if their parents do not pay overdue school lunch bills. The letters sent recently to about 1,000 parents in Wyoming Valley West School District have led to complaints from parents and a stern rebuke from Luzerne County child welfare authorities. The letter claims the unpaid bills could lead to dependency hearings and removal of their children for not providing them with food.

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Jul 19, 2019

Ex-NRA Ad Firm: Um, Wayne LaPierre is Lying
Lucas Jackson/ReutersIn a new filing against the National Rifle Association, lawyers for ad agency Ackerman McQueen suggest that longtime NRA executive Wayne LaPierre is lying about a critical moment in the gun rights group's recent leadership shake up. At issue is multi-million-dollar litigation between the NRA and its ex-ad firm. In court filings of its own, the NRA has alleged that Oliver North, the groups's former president, was ousted in part because he withheld information from the NRA about payments he took from Ackerman McQueen, which had served as the gun rights group's primary ad contractor until just months ago. The NRA claims North kept the nature of his deal with Ackerman McQueen a secret from LaPierre and the gun group's leadership. But in a July 16 filing that was reviewed by The Daily Beast, Ackerman McQueen alleges that LaPierre himself helped negotiate the deal between their firm and North. And they hint that they have documentation to prove it. In a statement, the NRA denied the suggestions. "The facts are clear - Mr. LaPierre and the NRA had no idea that Col. North was negotiating to become an employee of Ackerman McQueen," said Andrew Arulanandam, managing director of NRA Public Affairs. "And to the extent Col. North was pushing a contrived narrative about Mr. LaPierre and the NRA, he was conflicted. He was an employee of Ackerman at the time he was allegedly scheming with the agency to unseat Mr. LaPierre."  It's a messy new chapter in the months-long legal battle between the NRA and the ad firm it used for more than three decades. And it c

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Jul 19, 2019

Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern Iraq
An unmanned drone dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in northern Iraq early Friday, wounding two people, Iraqi security officials and a military statement said, amid regional tensions between the United States and Iran. The statement said the drone dropped two grenades half an hour apart on the base in Amirli, in Iraq's northern Salaheddin province. A senior official with the militias known collectively as the Popular Mobilization Forces told The Associated Press that the attack resulted in the wounding of two Iranians and that the base hit housed advisers from Iran and Lebanon.

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Jul 19, 2019

Mother wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer has double mastectomy before doctors realise their mistake
A mother who was wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy before the NHS hospital realised its mistake. Sarah Boyle has been left traumatised after doctors at Royal Stoke University Hospital misdiagnosed her with triple negative breast cancer at the end of 2016. The hospital only recognised the error several months later in July 2017, by which time the 28-year-old had already received several rounds of gruelling treatment and major surgery. The mother of two also had to cope with the knowledge that the breast implants may put her at added risk of developing cancer. Her lawyers said the mistake occurred because a biopsy sample was incorrectly recorded. Mrs Boyle has suffered psychological trauma as a result the ordeal and also continues to endure ongoing symptoms caused by the unnecessary treatment. She was initially told that her cancer treatment may harm her fertility. The patient was ultimately able to have a second child, who is now seven months old, but she was unable to breastfeed him due to the treatment. The trust has since admitted liability and apologised to Mrs Boyle, although legal proceedings are continuing. "The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family," she said. "Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatising. "And while I was delighted when I gave b

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Jul 19, 2019

Correction: Puerto Rico-Protests-Miranda story
In a story July 17 about a New York City protest against Puerto Rico's governor, The Associated Press misidentified the status of Puerto Rico. NEW YORK (AP) — "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined protests in New York demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico's governor. Miranda led about 200 people, many from Puerto Rico, at a rally in Manhattan's Union Square on Wednesday.

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Jul 19, 2019

Fox News Host to Geraldo Rivera: I Can Tell You to Go Back to Where You Came From
Defending Donald Trump's repeated racist taunts at Democratic congresswomen of color, Fox News host Pete Hegseth told correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera on Friday morning that it would be perfectly fine for him to utilize the president's "go back to where you came from" message on him.A day after Trump sorta disavowed the racist "send her back!" chant his rally crowd launched at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rivera appeared on Fox & Friends and said he was "glad the president has said" he didn't like the chants. At the same time, Rivera noted that the president's original tweets targeting the "Squad" tapped into an "old racist trope," something the longtime Trump pal had criticized the president for days earlier."Geraldo, but you, like many, have accused him of racism," Hegseth replied. "But if you go back and look at that tweet, he's not talking about race, he's talking about whether or not you love this country and appreciate it. And if you don't appreciate it and don't love it, and don't want to work to make it better, then maybe you could consider going somewhere else. There's plenty of countries on Earth."How the Ilhan Omar Marriage Smear Went From Fever Swamp to TrumpRivera, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, shot back at his colleague, yelling "what the hell" before pointing out that all four congresswomen—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Omar—are citizens of the United States. Hegseth, meanwhile, said he would have

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Jul 19, 2019

Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's 'Rambo' ex-PM and Serbian antagonist
Ramush Haradinaj, who resigned as Kosovo's prime minister on Friday, is hailed as a hero at home -- where he is nicknamed "Rambo" -- but considered a war criminal by Belgrade, which has long sought to see him behind bars. The controversial 51-year-old, who was a wartime commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), stepped down after being summoned as a suspect by a war crimes court in the Hague. It is the second time he has resigned after being called before a war crimes court over crimes allegedly committed by the ethnic Albanian KLA separatists during the 1998-99 war.

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Jul 19, 2019

US offers $7 mn to find Hezbollah agent wanted for Argentina attack
The United States on Friday offered a $7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as it vowed to bring together Latin American nations to fight the militant group. The United States also imposed sanctions on the Hezbollah figure, Salman Raouf Salman, in tandem with Argentina's announcement on the 25th anniversary of the attack that it is designating the Lebanese Shiite movement as a terrorist group. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was visiting Argentina to commemorate the attack and lit a candle at the site of the devastated Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, known by its Spanish acronym AMIA.

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Jul 19, 2019

US weather: Potentially deadly heat wave set to break records
The hottest weather in years is stifling two-thirds of the United States, stretching from Texas and Oklahoma northeastward to Maine. The National Weather Service is using strong language to describe the hazards posed by this event.The Weather Service forecast office in Chicago, for example, is calling this "one of the hotter and more humid air masses since 2012."By the time this event ends by Tuesday, 86 per cent of the Lower 48 states will have experienced high temperatures of at least 90 degrees (32C), and close to 50 per cent will have seen temperatures reach or exceed 95 degrees (35C).On Friday morning, forecasters at the Weather Service forecast office in Philadelphia wrote that this heat wave would be "prolonged, dangerous, and potentially deadly." Warning of a heat index as high as 115 degrees (46C) on Saturday, forecasters noted: "Heat related illnesses and death can occur in minutes on days such as these in cases of over- exertion or entrapments in hot vehicles. Because of this, extreme caution should be exercised over the weekend with regards to the heat."Expansive areas of high pressure, with one located over the central states and another out in the western Atlantic will yield near record warmth for multiple days.The heat wave, which comes in the midst of what may turn out to be the hottest month Earth has recorded since instrument records began in the late 19th century, poses a public health threat to tens of millions. In a typical year, heat is the top weather-related killer in the US, beating out

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Jul 19, 2019

Redesigned airplane seats could mean more space for middle seat
The new design would stagger and lower the middle seats slightly, creating a larger seat and more space on the armrest.

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Jul 19, 2019

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Jul 19, 2019

Arizona Dem. Joins Republicans in Effort to Expedite Deportation of Migrants with Invalid Asylum Claims
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) has joined a bipartisan group of nine colleagues proposing a pilot program that would expedite the deportation of migrants who make invalid asylum claims.The senators outlined the Operation Safe Return program, which would allow the deportation of migrants within 15 days if their asylum claims are not credible, in a letter sent to acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan on Wednesday."We write to urge you to use authorities in use as of June 30, 2019, to implement Operation Safe Return, a pilot program to rapidly, accurately, and fairly determine those families who have crossed the southern border that clearly do not have a valid legal claim and safely return them to their home countries," the senators wrote. "Through this program, we expect that we can meet our commitments to humanitarian protections while ensuring proper efficiency, timeliness, order, and fairness in the credible fear screening process."Sinema and Republican senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin led the effort to develop the program in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis that has arisen at border-detention facilities in recent months due to overcrowding.The freshman Arizona Democrat began devising the program after realizing that the Trump administration's proposed solutions, which involve rewriting asylum laws and doing away with the Flores consent decree, were inadequate, according to the Arizona Re

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Jul 19, 2019

Five guys arrested for fighting at Five Guys burgers in Florida
An appropriate number of guys were arrested when a fight broke out at a FiveGuys restaurant in Florida on Wednesday

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Jul 19, 2019

Dozens of whales wash up on Icelandic beach
Dozens of beached whales have been discovered on a secluded stretch of sand in west Iceland where people rarely tread. The eerie photographs show what appears to be around 20 pilot whales, partially buried in the sand and rotting on Löngufjörur beach. A pilot from Reykjavík took the photographs while ferrying American tourists around the island. The morbid discovery was only made this week by air as the area is inaccessible by car and has few visitors, except the occasional hiker. Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir, a marine biologist and whale specialist, told local news website Iceland Monitor that it was hard to confirm when the mammals washed up on the beach. "The most important thing to look at is that these are deep-sea whales, common at the continental margin," she said.  "They mainly feed on squid, which is why they're good at diving deep. When they enter shallow waters, most of them have a tendency to become disoriented. They use echolocation for orientation, for finding one another, estimating the depth, and so on. "But a sloping, sandy bottom appears to increase their disorientation. There are numerous examples of them having beached where there is such a sandy, sloping bottom." She added that pilot whales tend to swim in close-knit groups, which increases the risk of a large number being beached at once. It comes after 145 pilot whales were found stranded on an island in New Zealand, of which half were already dead. The other half had to be put down.

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Jul 19, 2019

Brazil's Petrobras refuses to refuel Iran ships due to US sanctions
US-listed Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras said Friday it will not refuel two Iranian vessels that have been stuck for weeks at a Brazilian port for fear of violating American sanctions. Washington has imposed a slate of sanctions on Tehran and companies with ties to the Islamic republic since President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark nuclear pact last year. The ships Bavand and Termeh, which reportedly belong to Iranian company Sapid Shipping, arrived at Paranagua port in the southern state of Parana early last month, an official at the port told AFP.

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Jul 19, 2019

Court docs show Hope Hicks in contact with Michael Cohen during hush-money discussions
Potentially contradicting her congressional testimony, Hicks might have been present for discussions about hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels.

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Jul 19, 2019

Wasp spray leads to 3 deaths in West Virginia after being used as alternative meth
West Virginia state police are cautioning residents against using wasp sprayas an alternative form of methamphetamine after three people purportedlyoverdosed

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Jul 19, 2019

AOC confronts Trump administration official over 'images of my violent rape' on Facebook
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has powerfully confronted a Trump administration official over a secret Facebook group for border agents, that contained twisted jokes about migrant children and showed computer generated images of her being raped and sexually assaulted.The existence of the group, consisting of current and former members of the nation's border patrol agency often referred to as CBP, was revealed earlier this month by an investigative journalism site.This week, the New York congresswoman, who recently visited migrant detention facilities overseen by the US authorities and spoke of her horror at what she saw, questioned the acting head of the department of homeland security about the Facebook group and its contents. It existence was detailed by ProPublica."Did you see the posts planning physical harm to myself and congresswoman Escobar," Ms Ocasio-Cortez asked Kevin McAleenan, referring to Veronica Escobar, another Democratic congresswoman who visited the facilities.Mr McAleenan, the acting homeland security secretary, replied: "Yes. And I directed an investigation within minutes of reading the article."She continued: "Did you see the images of officers circulating photoshopped images of my violent rape?"Mr McAleenan replied: "Yes, I did."Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who last year became the youngest women elected to Congress, asked if those people who made the posts were still working and responsible for the care of women and children. "We've already put

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Jul 19, 2019

Here's What Happens When People Actually Approach Area 51
Everyone wants to go visit Area 51 in Nevada. Here's what it actually looks like when you get there, according to people who have gone.

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Jul 19, 2019

Panic as strong quake shakes Athens
A strong 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Athens on Friday, knocking out phone connections, damaging buildings and causing power outages, as panicked residents rushed into the streets. State TV ERT reported that at least two people were lightly hurt -- a pregnant tourist and a young boy -- and at least two abandoned buildings in the capital collapsed, while several more suffered damage. The epicentre of the shallow quake was northwest of Athens, close to where a 5.9-magnitude quake in September 1999 left 143 people dead in and around the capital.

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Jul 19, 2019

End Syria hospital attacks, Russia told at UN
Russia on Thursday opposed a United Nations Security Council declaration calling for an end to attacks on health facilities in Syria's Idlib region, diplomats said after the latest meeting over violence in the country's last major opposition bastion. Russian and regime aircraft have since late April ramped up deadly bombardment of the Idlib region of about three million people in northwest Syria, despite a deal to avert a massive government assault. Kuwait, Germany and Belgium asked for the hastily called closed-door session, the latest of many they have sought since May in response to worsening fighting in Syria's northwest.

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Jul 19, 2019

A new version of Firefox will warn you if your passwords were pirated
The Bleeping Computer website is reporting that web browser Firefox should soon be equipped with a new function that will tell you if your personal data (e-mail address, passwords, address, etc.) has been pirated. The Mozilla team is gradually integrating its independent Firefox Monitor service natively into Firefox.  The service, which lists every time e-mail addresses have turned up data breaches, can also directly ping users if an e-mail address is found in such a cull. The service will be integrated into Firefox 70 (the current version is number 68), and is actually an implementation of the Have I Been Pwned database, with which Mozilla is now collaborating.

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Jul 19, 2019

How to Diversify a Portfolio With Less Than 5 Funds
The key to investing success is consistency with a diversified portfolio. Sufficient diversification can be achieved in as few as one or two funds. The reason for diversification is simple: When you invest in a wide swath of investments across various sectors, your total investment returns will be steadier, as one asset class drops, the others will shore up returns.

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Jul 19, 2019

Baby chimp born in front of visitors at Chester Zoo
A critically endangered chimpanzee was born in front of delighted visitors at Chester Zoo earlier this week. The new baby was safely delivered in front of a handful of zoo guests at around 5pm on Saturday following a seven-and-a-half-month pregnancy for mother Alice. One onlooker described the birth as "honestly one of the most amazing things I've ever seen" while another said it was "pretty epic."  Zoo conservationists say the new baby, a female which is yet to named, is in good health and is spending her time bonding with her mother and other members of the 21-strong group of chimpanzees. Primate experts said the birth was a boost to the conservation breeding programme for the West African species. The chimp, who hasn't been named yet, with mother Alice Credit: Chester Zoo It is estimated that as few as 18,000 West African chimpanzees remain in the wild and it is the first subspecies of chimpanzee to be added to the list of critically endangered apes. Mike Jordan, Collections Director at the zoo, said:  "This new baby is a significant addition to this multi-generational chimpanzee group at the zoo - and a vital boost to the conservation breeding programme for the critically endangered species.  "Alice and her daughter have bonded well and she's doing a wonderful job of caring for her so far. A new baby always creates lots of excitement and Alice has plenty of support from some of the other experienced mums in the group, who are all keen to lend a helping hand.  "The youngster provides particular cause for celebration given the plig

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Jul 19, 2019

77-year-old murderer deemed too old for prison released early, kills again
Albert Flick first landed in prison in 1979, when he was found guilty ofstabbing his wife to death in front of her young daughter

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Jul 19, 2019

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Vietnam says Chinese vessel violated its sovereignty in South China Sea
Vietnam on Friday accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that China remove the ships from Vietnamese waters. Vietnam and China have for years long been embroiled in a dispute over the potentially energy-rich stretch of waters in the South China Sea.

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Jul 19, 2019

D-Day flag that flew at Normandy landing gifted to US 75 years later. Trump accepts flag from Netherlands PM
The flag, pierced by German bullet holes, flew aboard one of the landing crafts troops used to storm the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.

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Jul 19, 2019

Iran claims US shot down its own drone by mistake
Iran and the US were locked in a bizarre war of words on Friday, after Tehran denied President Donald Trump's claim that a US Navy ship had "destroyed" an Iranian drone. Mr Trump said on Thursday that the drone had flown to within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer and had ignored "multiple calls to stand down" in the latest episode to stir tensions in the Gulf. It was the first US military engagement with Iran following a series of increasingly serious incidents and the Trump administrator threatened more yesterday if Iranian planes flew too closely to its ships. Abbas Araqchi, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister, responded in a tweet this morning: We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS by mistake!— Seyed Abbas Araghchi (@araghchi) July 19, 2019 Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, an Iranian armed forces spokesman, added: "Despite Trump's baseless and delusional claims, all of (Iran's) drones... have safely returned to their bases." Revolutionary Guards released footage from what it said was the downed drone. State TV, which broadcast it, claimed the timing notations showed it was still filming after Washington said it had been put out of action. The US said it had its own "clear evidence", but it was not forthcoming. Mr Trump announced that the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, "took defensive action" against the Iranian drone as it was "threatening the safety of the ship and the ship's crew." "The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our

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Jul 19, 2019

George Nader, Witness in Mueller Probe, Hit With New Charges of Sex Trafficking
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyGeorge Nader, who was a key witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, was hit with new federal charges of sex trafficking for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy he transported from Europe. An indictment unsealed Friday morning in Eastern District of Virginia also charges Nader with counts of child pornography and obscenity. The charges come on top of separate child-porn charges leveled by the same prosecutors last month. Nader pleaded not guilty to all charges during a court appearance Friday. Nader, a 60-year-old Lebanese-American businessman with deep political and financial ties to the United Arab Emirates, was a key cooperator in Mueller's probe of foreign influence in the 2016 election. Nader met several times with individuals associated with the Trump campaign throughout the election and into the early days of the administration. He spoke with officials and advisers on matters ranging from a pitch by a foreign firm for the campaign to use social-media manipulation to regime-change in Iran. (He met with Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign advisors about the plan, which included a proposal to use fake avatars to garner support for Trump, but Trump officials deny they ever considered it.)Revealed: What Erik Prince and Moscow's Money Man Discussed in That Infamous Seychelles MeetingHe also helped broker a key meeting between Erik Prince, the former Blackwater CEO, and Kirill Dmitriev, the head of o

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Jul 19, 2019

Two killed, 12 missing after huge blast rocks China gas plant: state media
A huge explosion rocked a gas plant in central China on Friday, killing at least two people and injuring another 18, state media said. Another twelve people were missing after the blast, said state broadcaster CCTV, which shattered windows and doors of buildings in a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) radius. Official news agency Xinhua had earlier said "many people" were injured by the explosion, which happened at 5:50 pm local time (0950 GMT).

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Jul 19, 2019

House Democrats demand new testimony citing inconsistencies with newly released Michel Cohen documents
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler wants former White House aide Hope Hicks to clarify her testimony; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Aspen, Colorado.

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Jul 19, 2019

Berkeley drops words like 'manpower' in push to be inclusive
There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but "human-made." And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join "collegiate Greek system residences" rather than fraternities and sororities. Berkeley leaders voted unanimously this week to replace about 40 gender-specific words in the city code with gender-neutral terms — an effort to be more inclusive that's drawing both praise and scorn.

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Jul 19, 2019

Man arrested after allegedly raping 4-year-old in McDonald's play area bathroom
Oklahoma authorities are investigating after a man allegedly raped a 4-year-old girl inside the bathroom of a McDonald's in Midwest City

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Jul 19, 2019

National Border Patrol Council official says Rep. Cummings is 'not telling the truth' about migrant facilities
Art Del Cueto says Rep. Elijah Cummings is 'not telling the truth' about how migrant children are treated at border detention facilities, calls out Congress for not coming up with solutions to fix the crisis at the southern border.

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Jul 19, 2019

The Latest: Relatives of victims condemn Srebrenica ruling
Relatives of the victims of the Srebrenica massacre have blasted the Dutch Supreme Court verdict that the Netherlands was partially liable in the deaths of some of the Muslim men killed by Bosnian Serbs in 1995. Efendic and other victims' relatives on Friday visited the graves of their loved ones following the ruling by the highest court in the Netherlands.

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Jul 19, 2019

Shoppers say Amazon Prime Day glitch sold $13,000 camera equipment for $94, over 99% off
During Amazon Prime Day, several customers said they purchased thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment for under $100 because of a 'glitch'.

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Jul 19, 2019

Sanders Campaign Workers Demand $15 Hourly Wage
Unionized campaign staffers working for Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) are engaged in a dispute with management over the candidate's alleged failure to live up to his socialist ideals.The field organizers have for months demanded an annual salary equivalent to a $15 hourly wage but have been met with resistance from campaign manager Faiz Shakir, according to documents reviewed by the Washington Post.The workers began demanding a raise in May, arguing that Sanders, who has made a $15 federal minimum wage a centerpiece of his campaign, should honor that commitment in compensating his own staff.The Sanders campaign, which is one of just three Democratic presidential campaigns to unionize, released a statement last week celebrating the move."We know our campaign offers wages and benefits competitive with other campaigns, as is shown by the latest fundraising reports," Shakir said. "Every member of the campaign, from the candidate on down, joined this movement in order to defeat Donald Trump and transform America. Bernie Sanders is the most pro-worker and pro-labor candidate running for president. We have tremendous staff who are working hard. Bernie and I both strongly believe in the sanctity of the collective bargaining process and we will not deviate from our commitment to it."United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400, the union representing the campaign workers, would not comment on the specifics of their negotiations in a statement provided to the Post.In a draft letter they plan to send to Shak

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Jul 19, 2019

What You Need to Know about the C8 Corvette's LT2 V-8 Engine
The newest version of the 6.2-liter small-block V-8 makes up to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

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Jul 19, 2019

Ukraine's president says he backs prisoner swap with Russia
Ukraine's president on Friday outlined the details of an impending prisoner swap with Russia, saying that Kiev is willing to release a jailed Russian journalist in exchange for a Ukrainian film director. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's statement comes at the end of the week of shuttle diplomacy, with the Russian and Ukrainian human rights ombudswomen holding talks both in Moscow and in Kiev. The flurry of activity around imprisoned Russians and Ukrainians follows last week's first telephone call between Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Jul 19, 2019

Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebels after diplomat's death
Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, after the killing of a Turkish diplomat there, state-run media quoted Turkey's defense minister as saying on Friday. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkish jets on Thursday hit the Qandil mountains region in northern Iraq, where the leadership of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, is reported to be based.

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Jul 19, 2019

Vietnam says Chinese vessel violated its sovereignty in South China Sea
Vietnam on Friday accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that China remove all of its ships from Vietnamese waters. Vietnam and China have for years long been embroiled in a dispute over the potentially energy-rich stretch of waters in the South China Sea. On Wednesday, two U.S.-based think tanks reported that Chinese and Vietnamese vessels had engaged in a standoff in lasting several weeks near an oil block in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone.

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Jul 19, 2019

Father charged with murder after driving two sons with severe autism off California pier
The father had purchased $6 million in insurance policies to cover his family in the event of an accidental death prior to the incident.

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Jul 19, 2019

The Latest: Germany calls for diplomacy in US-Iran tensions
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has asked the international community to use diplomatic tools to avoid a dangerous escalation in Iran. U.S.-Iran tensions are on the rise again as U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday an American warship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Jul 19, 2019

Philippine police seek sedition charges against VP, Duterte critics
Philippine police have recommended sedition charges against the vice president and other opposition figures, a move slammed Friday as an attempt to stifle dissent under President Rodrigo Duterte. Police allege Vice President Leni Robredo, Catholic Church leaders and opposition politicians plotted to destabilise the Duterte government by implicating him in the narcotics trade. Duterte launched a war against the drug trade when he came into power three years ago.

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Jul 19, 2019

Confused by the Mid-Engined Chevy C8 Corvette? Here's What "Mid-Engined" Means and Why It Matters
Being mid-engined will improve the Corvette's acceleration, braking, and handling. But it also sends a message to the world.

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Jul 19, 2019

Trump blames 'crazed' media for rally taunt backlash
US President Donald Trump on Friday slammed what he called "crazed" media coverage of taunts targeting a Somali-born Democratic lawmaker during one of his rallies, alleging political bias against him. Facing a mounting backlash over the cries of "Send her back" aimed at congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Trump accused the media of a "sick partnership" with his Democratic opponents. "It is amazing how the Fake News Media became 'crazed' over the chant 'send her back' by a packed Arena.... but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen," Trump tweeted.

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Jul 19, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar Stonewalling Hometown Paper on Marriage Controversy, Editor Says
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has allegedly been uncooperative with her hometown paper's efforts to get to the bottom of accusations that she committed marriage fraud, the paper's political editor said.Omar's brief congressional career has been dogged by accusations — which she has denied — that she married a male relative, possibly her brother. Omar and her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, filed joint tax returns while Omar was married to another man, Ahmed Elmi, Minnesota campaign finance officials said.Omar and her family have made it difficult for journalists to find out the truth about her marriage, Minnesota Star-Tribune editor Kevin Diaz told PolitiFact in an interview Thursday."Our public records searches determined that in at least one period after she married Elmi, all three (Omar, Elmi and Hirsi) used the same address in Minnesota. It raises questions about the nature of the relationship if she is living with both the person she's married to and her eventual husband," Diaz said."What's really made it hard is that she's been unwilling to address any of these questions. That has fueled the controversy. We quoted her at length to say that these were mere accusations, that they were unfair, and that she shouldn't have to address them. Be that as may, there was an undisputed instance of her filing her taxes improperly. And if you're in Congress, you should explain that to your constituents," he continued.

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Jul 19, 2019

Bernie Sanders campaign reportedly resists unionized staff demands for $15 per hour
Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has pledged that he will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour if he wins the White House in 2020.

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Jul 19, 2019

Britain to cut Huawei decision from telecoms review -sources


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Jul 19, 2019

Lineup for next Democratic presidential debate revealed
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren take the stage on Tuesday, July 30; Joe Biden and Kamala Harris highlight the second night.

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Jul 19, 2019

Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, sparks fear
A strong earthquake hit Friday near the Greek capital of Athens, causing residents to run into the streets in fear and firefighters to check for people trapped in elevators. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck at 2:13 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) about 26 kilometers (13.7 miles) north of Athens.

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Jul 19, 2019

Here's Trump hating on America. Is it time for him to leave?
The president says if Democratic congresswomen criticize the US, they should go elsewhere. But mocking America is one of his own favorite pastimesAt a campaign rally in North Carolina last night, the president's attacks against four progressive congresswomen of color culminated in his most overt attack yet. Referring to Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib as "hate-filled extremists", he continued his tirade to the delight of his supporters."They're always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don't love it, tell 'em to leave it," Trump said to the crowd, who soon erupted into a chant of "send her back".Yet Trump himself has repeatedly denigrated and criticized America, perhaps more so than any other presidential candidate in recent memory. If he holds himself to his own standards, perhaps it's time for him to leave and "go back home"?Here are some examples of Trump's attacks on the US. Make America great againA longtime critic of Obama, Trump has said he came upon his famed slogan the day his predecessor was elected to his second term. The Maga slogan implied that America was no longer great, something he also repeatedly and explicitly stated in much starker terms in the years before and during his run. Speaking to the Washington Post in 2017, he said: I looked at the many types of illness our country had, and whether it's at the border, whether it's security, whether it's law and order or lack of law and order. Crippled AmericaTrump's 2

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Jul 19, 2019

Supporters chant 'Welcome home, Ilhan' as Rep. Ilhan Omar receives thunderous Minnesota welcome
Rep. Ilhan Omar arrived at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday to supporters chanting "Welcome home, Ilhan."

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Jul 19, 2019

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray's price and features draw gasps
Prices for the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray will start under $60,000, astoundingly close to the outgoing model's $55,900 base price.

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Jul 19, 2019

Cambodian women face surrogacy charges after Vietnam births
Three Cambodian women have been charged with violating surrogacy and human trafficking laws after they gave birth to babies they delivered to Chinese nationals in Vietnam, a court official said Friday. Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ei Rin said the women, aged 31 and 32, are being detained pending further investigation after being charged on Thursday. Chhiv Phally, the director of the Interior Ministry's Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department, said the three women were detained by Vietnamese police and returned to Cambodia after they illegally crossed into the country to deliver their children to Chinese nationals for $8,000 per child, reported the English-language Phnom Penh Post newspaper.

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Jul 19, 2019

The Latest: Oil price rises on new Iran drone incident
The price of oil is up as tensions escalate in the Persian Gulf region, where a fifth of the world's crude is shipped through. Energy prices rose on Friday, a day after President Donald said a U.S. warship had downed an Iranian drone. Iran denies its drone was struck and says all its unmanned aircraft in the region returned to base safely.

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Jul 19, 2019

Iran Guards seize 'foreign tanker' accused of fuel smuggling
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Thursday they had detained a "foreign tanker" and its crew for allegedly smuggling fuel, in the latest incident to send tensions soaring in the Gulf. The announcement follows Iran saying it had come to the aid of a foreign tanker after receiving a distress call -- making no mention of the vessel being seized. The Guards did not confirm whether the vessel they detained Sunday in the strategic Strait of Hormuz was the same ship as that mentioned Tuesday by the foreign ministry.

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Jul 19, 2019

UPDATE 1-China's intelligence law looms over EU 5G safeguards -official
The European Union cannot ignore China's National Intelligence Law, which requires Chinese citizens to support state information-gathering, as Brussels seeks rules for super-fast mobile networks, a senior EU official said on Friday. EU governments are debating ways to protect next-generation mobile networks from any possible Chinese interference, caught between a U.S. demand they shun China's Huawei and growing Sino-European business ties.

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Jul 19, 2019

World Bank pulls funding for new state capital in India after Delhi drops support
The World Bank said on Friday it had withdrawn $300 million of funding for a new capital in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh after the central government dropped support for the project. The Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), that was due to finance $200 million of the project, then said it was reviewing its involvement. The construction of the city, known as Amaravati, is the brainchild of the state's former chief minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, who lost power in elections in May.

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Jul 19, 2019

Gibraltar court extends detention of Iran tanker for 30 days
Gibraltar's Supreme Court ruled Friday that a seized Iranian tanker suspected of breaching sanctions by shipping oil to Syria can be detained for 30 more days, the British territory's government said. The Grace 1 supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of oil, was intercepted by British Royal Marines and Gibraltar's police on July 4 as it transited through waters claimed by Gibraltar, which is located on Spain's southern tip.

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Jul 19, 2019

Boris Johnson Faces a Fight for Survival Before He's Even Won
(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson has not even entered Number 10 Downing Street as Britain's prime minister and already he is facing a battle to keep the government he hopes to lead alive.If, as expected, Johnson is named Conservative leader on Tuesday and becomes prime minister on Wednesday, he will inherit a country in crisis and a governing party so divided that some members fear it could break apart.The leadership contest, in which Johnson is competing with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has deepened the splits within the party over Brexit. Those tensions are likely to increase as the clock ticks down to the Oct. 31 deadline for leaving the European Union.While Johnson's allies prepare for a fight, one minister threatened to try to topple the next administration rather than allow the new premier to take Britain out of the EU without a deal."I hope we never get there, but I think a lot of people were taught that you must put the interests of the country above yourself," health minister Stephen Hammond told BBC radio on Friday.Hammond said he would be "very cautious" about backing a motion of no confidence in his own party's administration -- but did not rule it out. If such a motion were passed, it would put Britain on course for a general election.DivisiveJohnson is a divisive character in the U.K. -- and especially among the Conservative ministers and MPs he works with. He served as foreign secretary for two years, where Theresa May regarded him as a destabilizing influence, and some of his former Cabinet co

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