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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.

Venezuela constituent assembly assumes power to legislate
Venezuela constituent assembly assumes power to legislate
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  • 2017-08-18 17:40:23Z

Venezuela's constituent assembly on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism that the new all-powerful legislative superbody is undermining democracy in the crisis-stricken country. "The constituent assembly ... decrees that it

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.

A common thread in curbing racist expression
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  • 2017-08-18 17:05:39Z

After last weekend's violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., many Americans feel a need to make better choices about public expressions of racism, such as in Confederate symbols or hate-filled Facebook postings. The responses are quite diverse, ranging from the farcical to the coercive, which makes it important to look for a common thread that ultimately makes a difference. In a "Saturday Night Live" skit, comedian Tina Fey urged Americans to respond to neo-Nazi hatred by ordering "a cake with the American flag on it ... and just eat it." That is the "ignore it" response.

Grenfell fire casts harsh light on London's dwindling low-income housing
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  • 2017-08-18 16:49:00Z

It was just after 1 a.m. when Tomassina Hessel heard the knock on her door. The tower was Grenfell, a 24-story residential block that Ms. Hessel's low-rise building abutted, part of the same public-housing estate. Grenfell Tower was a torch in the dark night, a charnel house that would claim at least 80 lives in London's deadliest fire since the Nazi bombing in World War II.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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.

Conservationists pay tribute to anti-poaching campaigner shot dead in Tanzania
Conservationists pay tribute to anti-poaching campaigner shot dead in Tanzania

Organized crime syndicates involved in the illegal ivory trade are targeting wildlife protection campaigners, conservationists have warned following the murder of a prominent anti-poaching activist in Tanzania.  Wayne Lotter, 51, was killed on Wednesday evening as he rode in a taxi from Dar as Salaam airport to a hotel.  Police said the car was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed, then opened his car door and shot him. An investigation has been launched into the killing.  Lotter, a native of South Africa, had worked in conservation for nearly three decades. He was a director and co-founder of the PAMS foundation, an NGO that aims to protect elephants and giraffes by providing...

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...

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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...

South Africa to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity: government source
South Africa to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity: government source
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  • 2017-08-18 10:10:36Z

By Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa is planning to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a government source said on Friday. South African police have

Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office
Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office

A samurai sword-wielding attacker carrying the national flag of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan's presidential office Friday, authorities said. The presidential office in the centre of the capital Taipei is the headquarters of Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen. Relations with Chinese authorities have deteriorated since she took office last year as she has refused to agree to Beijing's stance that Taiwan is part of "one China".

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.

Hong Kong legal chief denies political motive in jailing democrats as criticism mounts
Hong Kong legal chief denies political motive in jailing democrats as criticism mounts
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  • 2017-08-18 05:42:52Z

By James Pomfret and Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's legal chief denied any "political motive" in seeking jail for three young pro-democracy activists on Friday, responding to a Reuters report that he had overruled other legal officials who had initially advised against pursuing

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...

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.

See what happens when you ask Siri 'what's zero divided by zero?'
See what happens when you ask Siri 'what's zero divided by zero?'

Zero divided by zero sounds like a simple maths problem, but when you ask Siri you might not get the answer you were expecting. Many people who use Apple's built in personal assistant are used to receiving sassy answers from him. But this time, it seems Siri has gone too far and many Twitter users can't believe the response. EVERYBODY GO ASK SIRI WHAT ZERO DEVIDED BY ZERO IS BC IVE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT SOMETHING SIRI HAS SAID- ️ (@5THOFFEB) June 30, 2015 Siri replies: "Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn't make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are...

Commander dismissed after US Navy ship crashed off Japan
Commander dismissed after US Navy ship crashed off Japan

The commander of a US Navy ship that collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship off Japan, killing seven American seamen, will be relieved of duty and several other sailors face punishment, a senior admiral said Thursday. Among those being disciplined from the crew of the USS Fitzgerald are its commanding officer, executive officer and senior enlisted sailor, who will all be relieved of their duties aboard the ship, said Admiral Bill Moran, the vice chief of naval operations. Seven sailors drowned in their sleeping berth when the USS Fitzgerald collided with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal in a busy shipping channel off Japan's coast early on June 17.

'Guardian angel' need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops
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  • 2017-08-18 01:31:30Z

By Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - Navigating a chaotic maze of cars and people, the convoy of British army armored vehicles weaves slowly through Kabul. The job of about a dozen soldiers is to protect just two international advisers on their way to meet Afghan soldiers.     While every mission varies

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Here's a Preview of the Solar Eclipse Traffic Nightmare
Here's a Preview of the Solar Eclipse Traffic Nightmare

The backup in Oregon was between 20 and 30 miles long

'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.

Endangered 2-Headed Turtle Spotted on Beach
Endangered 2-Headed Turtle Spotted on Beach

The team of biologists spotted another two-headed loggerhead turtle hatching last year.

Facing elections in Venezuela's new normal, opposition asks: Do we want in?
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  • 2017-08-17 21:24:52Z

Since April, Venezuela's opposition coalition seemed to be gaining the kind of support and momentum it was long criticized for lacking. Its calls for peaceful protests and boycotts were met by a broad, consistent turnout, and an unofficial referendum it organized in July led more than 7 million Venezuelans at home and abroad to condemn the increasingly authoritarian moves of President Nicolás Maduro's government. The coalition was making powerful promises, like plans to set up a parallel government if President Maduro moved forward with a July 30th vote to create a Constituent Assembly.

The Latest: White nationalist contacted about Boston rally

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on what organizers are calling a Free Speech Rally in Boston that some people fear actually will be a white nationalist event similar to the one in Virginia last wekeend (all times local):

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.

Driven from US shores, neo-Nazi website finds no haven in Russia either
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  • 2017-08-17 21:14:58Z

Russian critics have long worried about the propensity of the country's communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor (RKZ), to cast an overly wide net in censoring "extremist" content on the internet. "This is one of the few times when we can feel like RKZ's intervention is totally warranted," says Alexey Kovalev, a blogger and media critic. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?

Natalee Holloway's Dad Leads Investigators In New Special as Authorities Dispute Discovery of Remains
Natalee Holloway's Dad Leads Investigators In New Special as Authorities Dispute Discovery of Remains

Dave Holloway said he originally did not want her to go on the trip.

Man believed to have killed wife, 7-year-old, dog, then self

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A man is believed to have killed his wife, their 7-year-old son and the family dog in their New Jersey home before killing himself, authorities said Thursday.

New York to axe Confederate busts from
New York to axe Confederate busts from 'hall of fame'

New York authorities are taking steps to remove two busts of Confederate commanders from a "Hall of Fame" as America's most populous city joins others in erasing symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South. Bronx Community College said the bust of General Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, and another of one of his top generals, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, would be removed in two to three days. "We want to make it sure we get it done quickly, but without causing damage," said Karla Williams, executive legal counsel at the College, which is part of The City University of New York.

Columbus officer who shot 13-year-old boy feared gunfight
Columbus officer who shot 13-year-old boy feared gunfight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The white Ohio police officer who fatally shot a black 13-year-old boy after a suspected robbery last year feared a "gun fight" with the teen, who the officer said pulled a gun from his pants, records show.

Barcelona attack: van crashes into crowd at Las Ramblas, killing 13 as Islamic State claims responsibility
Barcelona attack: van crashes into crowd at Las Ramblas, killing 13 as Islamic State claims responsibility

Terror in Barcelona as van hits crowd in Las Ramblas 12 people killed and 80 people injured Islamic State claims responsibility Two suspects arrested Reports a third suspect killed in police shootout Driss Oubakir: who is the Barcelona suspect? Trump: 'we'll do whatever is necessary to help'  Barcelona attack: Everything we know  A white van crashed  into a packed summer crowd this evening in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police confirmed it was a terror attack. Officials said 12 people were killed and 80 injured. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. The terror group has frequently declared that it was behind terrorist...

911 Call Reveals Harrowing Escape of Woman Cops Call 'James Bond' After She Jumped Out of Car
911 Call Reveals Harrowing Escape of Woman Cops Call 'James Bond' After She Jumped Out of Car

Jordan Dinsmore's suspected attackers have been arrested.

In the heartland, a David and Goliath battle over a pipeline
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  • 2017-08-17 20:44:02Z

On Art and Helen Tanderup's small farm, the land is something else. Helen grew up here, in the two-story farmhouse that she and her husband got when her mother passed away. "I don't want something like this to happen to what my grandparents built up," says Helen.

Hundreds Line Up, Dozens Ask To Be Arrested For Destroying Confederate Statue
Hundreds Line Up, Dozens Ask To Be Arrested For Destroying Confederate Statue

Four people turned themselves in to authorities in Durham, North Carolina, on Thursday to face charges for their role in toppling a Confederate monument during a protest on Monday.

Barcelona attack: What we know
Barcelona attack: What we know

A driver deliberately rammed a van into pedestrians on one of Barcelona's most popular boulevards on Thursday, killing at least 13 people in what Spanish police called a "terrorist attack". Tom Gueller, who lives on a road next to Las Ramblas said he saw the van speeding along the boulevard. It was just going straight through the middle of the crowds in the middle of the Ramblas," he told BBC radio, referring to the pedestrianised area.

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