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Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel
Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

By Bulent Usta ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month's elections. The comments, some of Erdogan's harshest yet against Merkel, drew a furious response from Merkel, her government and some Turkish organisations in Germany, illustrating the widening divide between the NATO allies and major trade partners. "I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany: the Christian Democrats, SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey.

Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid N.Korea tensions
Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid N.Korea tensions

By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - The top U.S. general restated Washington's "ironclad commitment" to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that "an attack on one is an attack on both of us". Fears about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs have grown in recent weeks. Pyongyang has said it was considering plans to fire missiles over Japan toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have delayed the decision.

Strategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump
Strategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump's turbulent White House

Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump's White House, is leaving. Trump accepted Bannon's resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, ...

U.S., South Korea to conduct joint exercise Aug 21-31: Pentagon
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  • 2017-08-18 17:17:16Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea will start a joint exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) on Aug. 21 lasting through Aug. 31, the Pentagon said on Friday, as tensions had escalated over North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons program. The statement said about 17,500

Syrian army, Hezbollah allies attack IS near Lebanon border

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government forces and allied Lebanese militant Hezbollah fighters have captured several Islamic State positions on strategic hilltops along the Syrian-Lebanese border, a military outlet said Friday.

Steve Bannon is leaving the White House and may be returning to Breitbart
Steve Bannon is leaving the White House and may be returning to Breitbart

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving the Trump administration, according to...

Why GOP Congress will soldier on with Trump
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  • 2017-08-18 16:38:59Z

It is perhaps the most serious, direct criticism of President Trump by one of his fellow Republicans in Congress since his remarks about last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va. On Thursday, Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters in his home state of Tennessee that Mr. Trump has yet to demonstrate the "stability" or "competence" to be a successful president - which the world needs, he said.

A new report says 39 million contact lens wearers are at risk for severe eye damage - but it
A new report says 39 million contact lens wearers are at risk for severe eye damage - but it's largely preventable

When people ask me why I don't wear contacts, I typically come up with some excuse to avoid...

Police: Attacks in Spain are linked, took long time to plan
Police: Attacks in Spain are linked, took long time to plan

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The back-to-back vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort had been planned for a long time by an Islamic terrorist cell - and could have been far deadlier had its base not been destroyed by an apparently accidental explosion this week, Spanish officials said Friday.

In Charlottesville, Germans sense echoes of their struggle with history
In Charlottesville, Germans sense echoes of their struggle with history
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  • 2017-08-18 15:44:33Z

BERLIN/WEIMAR, Germany (Reuters) - For the past decade, the pupils of the Manfred von Ardenne school in Berlin have been visiting a local cemetery to tend the graves of victims of the Nazis. By honoring those who died doing forced labor for Adolf Hitler's regime and learning their stories, pupils

Mexico City fishermen fight to save Aztec floating gardens
Mexico City fishermen fight to save Aztec floating gardens

Roberto Altamirano has the lake to himself as he casts his glistening net onto the still water in a perfect circle, lets it sink, then slowly pulls it in. It comes back bearing a large haul of tilapia and carp -- and that is exactly the problem. Altamirano is one of just 20 or so fishermen who remain in the floating gardens of Xochimilco, an idyllic network of lakes, canals and artificial islands improbably tucked into the urban sprawl of Mexico City.

Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for
Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for 'Free Speech' rally
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  • 2017-08-18 15:37:29Z

Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in

Huge Confederate flag near Interstate is one man
Huge Confederate flag near Interstate is one man's mission

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Marion Lambert is unapologetic about the abundance of Confederate flags that surround him.

Germany bets on second time lucky with migrant workers
Germany bets on second time lucky with migrant workers
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  • 2017-08-18 14:51:47Z

By Joseph Nasr GESCHER, Germany (Reuters) - As Germany struggles to absorb more than a million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, the government is hoping to avoid the mistakes it made half a century ago when it brought in a generation of guest workers from Turkey. In the 1960s, hundreds of

Uber
Uber's ousted CEO calls investor lawsuit unfounded

Uber's ousted chief executive and company founder Travis Kalanick is asking for the dismissal of an investor lawsuit against him, calling it part of a personal attack aimed at sidelining him. A response Thursday to a lawsuit filed last week by early Uber investor Benchmark Capital said the litigation was part of a "shameful" effort to remove Kalanick from any role at the ridesharing giant. The Benchmark lawsuit filed in a Delaware court accused Kalanick of fraud, breach of contract and of plotting to manipulate the board of directors to allow him to return as CEO following his resignation in June.

Kansas
Kansas' forward Dedric Lawson cleared of walking out on $88 bar tab

Dedric Lawson was accused of walking out on an $88 tab, according to a police report obtained by the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, but the general manager of the restaurant released a statement clearing the player of wrongdoing. Here's what was alleged to have happened: Lawson was at a restaurant in Overton Square in Memphis at 1:30 a.m. when he was handed a bill for more than $88 by a waitress. Appearing on 92.9 FM, an ESPN radio station in Memphis, he said that he ordered two drinks worth a total of $10.50 and gave the waitress $12, but she wanted him to pay for drinks that were ordered by other people for other people.

Mitt Romney Pens Powerful Message Calling On Trump To Apologize For Charlottesville Remarks
Mitt Romney Pens Powerful Message Calling On Trump To Apologize For Charlottesville Remarks

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called on President Donald Trump to "acknowledge that he was wrong" and apologize for his remarks about the violent Charlottesville rally.

Syrian army encircles Islamic State in central Syria advance
Syrian army encircles Islamic State in central Syria advance
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  • 2017-08-18 13:31:21Z

Syria's army and its allies have encircled an Islamic State (IS) pocket in central Syria after a series of advances in the desert region, state media, a Hezbollah military media unit and a war monitor said on Friday. President Bashar al-Assad's military has advanced against Islamic State along

Heather Heyer
Heather Heyer's mother says she won't talk to Trump 'after what he said about my child'

Susan Bro, the mother of the woman killed amid the Charlottesville, Virginia, violence last...

Chinese traders furious after crackdown on N. Korean imports

BEIJING (AP) - Furious Chinese businesspeople said Friday that Beijing's decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire northeastern city, sparking a rare public protest earlier this week after the surprise move suddenly choked off border trade.

Hero police officer shot dead four terrorists in Cambrils and saved injured partner's life
Hero police officer shot dead four terrorists in Cambrils and saved injured partner's life

An outnumbered police officer shot dead four of the five terrorists who attacked the seaside city of Cambrils last night, saving his injured partner's life, according to a dramatic account of the shootout. The officers were carrying out a routine check at a roundabout near the seafront of Cambrils when the terrorists launched their attack, which, it was confirmed today, killed one woman. Their white Audi A3, coming from the direction of the city, ploughed through four pedestrians before smashing into the police car and overturning. The crash left one officer with a broken tibia and an injured head. According to a report in the La Vanguardia newspaper, the five men got out of the...

Syrian city
Syrian city's rebel districts still in ruins years after Assad victory
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  • 2017-08-18 11:40:43Z

By Dahlia Nehme HOMS, Syria (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's victory in Homs is still evident in the rubble of Baba Amr, a former symbol of the rebellion where five years later only a handful of people live among ruins. Across town, the bustling markets of the pro-Assad district of Zahraa

Spanish police shoot five suspects dead after driver kills 13 in Barcelona
Spanish police shoot five suspects dead after driver kills 13 in Barcelona

By Andrés González, Angus Berwick and Carlos Ruano BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish police shot dead five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in a town south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others. Islamic State said the perpetrators had been responding to its call for action by carrying out Thursday's rampage along Barcelona's most famous avenue, which was thronged with tourists enjoying an afternoon stroll at the peak of the summer season. Hours later in the early hours of Friday, as security forces hunted for the van's driver, police said they killed five suspects in...

Barcelona and Cambrils attacks: Five terrorists shot dead in Spanish resort - latest news
Barcelona and Cambrils attacks: Five terrorists shot dead in Spanish resort - latest news

Second terror attack in Spain at coastal resort of Cambrils Five terrorists shot dead by police after ramming civilians Attack comes after 13 people killed in van attack in Barcelona Manhunt under way for driver who targeted Las Ramblas Investigators fear terror cell had planned gas canister attack Who are the victims? Three-year-old reported among dead Who are the suspects in the Spanish terror attacks? Everything we know about first attack on Spain in 13 years Five terrorists wearing fake suicide belts have been shot dead by police after ramming civilians with a car in a Spanish seaside town in a second attack to hit the country, as officials revealed they believe a gas canister...

Quiet seaside resort of Cambrils emerges from a terrifying night
Quiet seaside resort of Cambrils emerges from a terrifying night

Markel Artabe had just finished his shift as a waiter in Cambrils and was heading off for an ice-cream when he heard shots: only a few hours after the carnage in Barcelona, the Catalan coast was suffering another attack. "Then we heard shots and thought 'it must be fireworks'... But it was gunshots," said the waiter in the seaside resort 120 kilometres south of Barcelona in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Investors sell stocks, dollar on fears Trump agenda is foundering
Investors sell stocks, dollar on fears Trump agenda is foundering

Asian stock investors joined a global retreat from riskier assets on Friday and the dollar wavered on rising doubts about U.S. President Donald Trump's ability to deliver his economic agenda. Confidence was shaken further after a van mowed through crowds of tourists in Barcelona on Thursday, killing

Meek Mill arrested for reckless endangerment in NYC
Meek Mill arrested for reckless endangerment in NYC

Meek Mill Arrested for Reckless Endangerment in NYC

Second vehicle attack: five terror suspects 'wearing suicide vests' shot dead in Cambrils
Second vehicle attack: five terror suspects 'wearing suicide vests' shot dead in Cambrils

Residents of the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils fled in terror in the early hours of Friday after five terrorists wearing suicide vests launched the second ramming attack in the country in a matter of hours.  At least six people were hurt when the attackers drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces, just hours after a similar attack in nearby Barcelona. The Audi A3 car rammed into people on the seaside promenade of the tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a...

Meek Mill Arrested After Cops See Him Riding Dirt Bike on Instagram
Meek Mill Arrested After Cops See Him Riding Dirt Bike on Instagram

The NYPD has Instagram too.

At least 80 dead after escalation in Philippines war on drugs
At least 80 dead after escalation in Philippines war on drugs

Earlier this week, 67 people were gunned down and more than 200 arrested in Manila and provinces adjoining the Philippines capital, in what police described as a "One-Time, Big-Time" push to curb drugs and street crimes. The term has been used by Philippines police to describe a coordinated anti-crime drive in crime-prone districts, usually slums or low-income neighborhoods, often with additional police deployed. The spike in killings drew condemnation from Vice President Leni Robredo, who belongs to a party opposed to Duterte.

U.S. rights group rethinks defending hate groups protesting with guns
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  • 2017-08-18 02:41:20Z

An ACLU spokeswoman confirmed the policy shift and said the concern over weapons was not something the group has had to contend with in the past. White nationalists staged a "Unite the Right" protest in Charlottesville last weekend over plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park.

U.S. digital rights group slams tech firms for barring neo-Nazis
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  • 2017-08-18 02:25:05Z

By Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A digital rights group based in San Francisco on Thursday criticized several internet companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services, saying the actions were "dangerous" and threatened free expression online. GoDaddy Inc , Alphabet's Google , security firm Cloudflare and other technology companies moved this week to block hate groups after weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists had gathered to protest removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park. "We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare did here was dangerous," Cindy Cohn, executive director of...

NFL player charged with beating sister
NFL player charged with beating sister's boyfriend
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  • 2017-08-18 01:44:21Z

An Oakland Raiders cornerback who prosecutors say beat and stomped on his sister's boyfriend was charged on Thursday with assault and battery. Sean Lee Smith, a 30-year-old National Football League defensive player, could face up to seven years in prison if he is convicted on all three felony counts

Arkansas has new supply of lethal drug; execution to be set
Arkansas has new supply of lethal drug; execution to be set

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has a new supply of a controversial lethal injection drug months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period, officials said Thursday, as the state prepared to set an execution date for an inmate.

Under fire _ from GOP _ Trump digs in on Confederate icons
Under fire _ from GOP _ Trump digs in on Confederate icons

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on Thursday burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency.

Amy Schumer Attends
Amy Schumer Attends 'Judge Judy' Taping, Twitter is Confused

Amy Schumer shocked 'Jude Judy' viewers when she appeared in the background of the show's Thursday, August 17, episode - see the hilarious reactions!

U.S. Navy to remove senior leaders of warship after deadly June crash
U.S. Navy to remove senior leaders of warship after deadly June crash
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  • 2017-08-17 23:54:20Z

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will relieve the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that collided with a Philippine container ship in June off the coast of Japan, the Navy said on Thursday, A separate official report released on Thursday contained dramatic accounts of what happened when the freighter hit the USS Fitzgerald, killing seven Navy sailors. Admiral Bill Moran, deputy chief of naval operations, told reporters that the USS Fitzgerald's commander, executive officer and master chief petty officer would be removed. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are still under way into how the Fitzgerald, a guided missile...

Threat looms of more mudslides in Sierra Leone amid burials
Threat looms of more mudslides in Sierra Leone amid burials

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - The president joined with families in paying final respects Thursday to victims of this week's mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone's capital, while the government warned residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack opened.

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn
Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy.

Arkansas gets new batch of lethal injection drug, seeks execution date
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  • 2017-08-17 23:32:24Z

Arkansas in April put four inmates to death by lethal injection in its first executions in about a dozen years, ahead of the May expiration date of the state's drug supply. The resumption came as the number of U.S. executions in 2016 fell to a low not seen in a quarter century.

Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command
Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command

WASHINGTON (AP) - The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy's second-ranking admiral said Thursday.

Statue defaced as Confederate monument protests grow
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  • 2017-08-17 22:44:28Z

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was defaced at North Carolina's Duke University and there were more arrests on Thursday over the toppling of a similar statue as communities in the U.S. South faced a contentious debate over such divisive monuments. The discovery came as President Donald Trump stoked the controversy over the statues, echoing white nationalists by decrying the removal of what he said were "beautiful" monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy. The statue of Lee at the Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina, was found early on Thursday with its nose and other facial features chipped off, the university said in a statement.

Missouri State Senator Urged To Resign Over Her 'Hope' For Trump's Assassination
Missouri State Senator Urged To Resign Over Her 'Hope' For Trump's Assassination

A Missouri state senator says she has no plans to resign ― despite loud calls from within her own party to do so ― after she said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal made the comment on her Facebook page Thursday morning in response to a thread she'd started out of frustration over the white supremacist violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. While she deleted the post soon after, a screenshot of it nevertheless quickly gained traction, earning rebukes from across the political spectrum.

Despite recurring turmoil, Mississippi hasn
Despite recurring turmoil, Mississippi hasn't budged on flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - After white nationalists marched with the Confederate battle flag last weekend amid violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, critics said the identical emblem should be removed from Mississippi's flag - just as they did two years ago, when a white fan of the Rebel banner massacred black worshippers in South Carolina.

Did outing Charlottesville's white supremacists just make them more committed?
Did outing Charlottesville's white supremacists just make them more committed?

The "Unite the Right" rally on Saturday morning in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the first time 27-year-old Nigel Krofta attended a white nationalist event. He's been active in the movement online, but last weekend he stepped out from behind his keyboard and stood clutching a billy club alongside the neo-Nazis, white nationalists, Klansmen, and other so-called alt-right marchers.  That day, Krofta met James Alex Fields Jr., who allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters just a few hours later, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. After the bloodshed, a photo of the two men, published by the New York Times, found its way to Twitter, where Krofta was...

New Magic Mushrooms Discovery Could Reveal How to Make Your Own Drugs
New Magic Mushrooms Discovery Could Reveal How to Make Your Own Drugs

Scientists have long wondered how and why magic mushrooms create psilocybin, a psychoactive chemical that causes hallucinations when ingested. Around 200 types of mushrooms produce psilocybin, and they've been used ceremonially for millennia. Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who synthesized LSD, identified psilocybin as the active ingredient in magic mushrooms and determined its structure in 1959.

Durant won
Durant won't go to White House to visit Trump
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  • 2017-08-17 22:08:06Z

Durant was honored in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md. and the 2017 Finals MVP told ESPN he will not attend any possible ceremony with Trump. "Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN. Durant and the Warriors are scheduled to visit the Washington Wizards Feb. 28.

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Juror Transcript Full Of Brutal Insults
'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Juror Transcript Full Of Brutal Insults

It wasn't easy finding jurors who didn't automatically hate "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli's guts.

Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

CHULAFINNEE, Ala. (AP) - White Southerners who equate Old South symbols with regional pride rather than hate are even more on the defensive since neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other extremists became the face of the fight over Confederate monuments.

Fallout from modern protests: naming and shaming online
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  • 2017-08-17 21:17:05Z

When hundreds of white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend in their largest public appearance in decades, it put faces to ideologies that have become increasingly high-profile over the past year. In response to the rally - which descended into violence in clashes with counter-protesters that left 19 injured and one counter-protester, Heather Heyer, dead - various online crowdsourced campaigns have been trying to publicly shame and punish individual protesters. Some observers have long-criticized such online shaming campaigns as little more than mistake-prone mob vigilantism energized by social media.

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