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Israeli strike hits Iranian arms supply depot in Damascus: source
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  • 2017-04-27 05:48:03Z

AMMAN (Reuters) - An Israeli strike on Thursday hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes, a regional intelligence source said. The depot handles a significant amount

China party urges Uighur youth to
China party urges Uighur youth to 'love motherland' to avoid 'terrorist' label
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  • 2017-04-27 05:38:29Z

Young members of China's Uighur Muslim minority should "love the motherland" and learn Mandarin to help fight a perception they are "terrorists", Uighur members of the ruling Communist Party said in state media on Thursday. Sporadic violence, from knife attacks to riots to car

Hong Kong police arrest more political activists: parties
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  • 2017-04-27 05:03:18Z

By Venus Wu and Pak Yiu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police arrested nine democracy activists on Thursday over a November protest outside Beijing's representative office in the city, opposition parties said, in what one of the activists said was a campaign to stifle opposition. The arrests followed

Four decades on, Argentina
Four decades on, Argentina's 'Mothers' still marching
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  • 2017-04-27 03:10:26Z

Just as she does every Thursday, Taty Almeida ties her white scarf around her head, grabs her cane and joins her fellow octogenarian protesters to march around the square outside Argentina's pink presidential palace. Defying their advancing years, the bereaved mothers making up Argentina's most

Faith, politics clash as Egypt
Faith, politics clash as Egypt's Al-Azhar pressed to reform
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  • 2017-04-27 03:00:28Z

When Pope Francis visits Egypt's Al-Azhar this week, he will find support for his message of peace in the venerable Islamic authority praised as a bulwark against extremism. Al-Azhar had been at the centre of a messy collision between politics and theology since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi began

Push for South China Sea code stirs ASEAN suspicions about Beijing
Push for South China Sea code stirs ASEAN suspicions about Beijing's endgame
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  • 2017-04-27 02:50:40Z

By Manuel Mogato and Martin Petty MANILA (Reuters) - China's support for finalizing a code of conduct in the hotly contested South China Sea is generating some hope in Southeast Asia of settling disputes, but those working out the terms remain unconvinced of Beijing's sincerity. Signing China

Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest
Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest

Venezuela says it is quitting the Organization of American States in anger at pressure from the bloc over the government's handling of a deadly political crisis. The announcement late Wednesday raised international tension over Venezuela, where unrest has left 28 people dead this month. Echoed by the United States and European Union, the OAS has led an international chorus of concern over the economic and political chaos in the major oil-exporting country.

Ann Coulter cancels speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute
Ann Coulter cancels speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute

By Lisa Fernandez BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said she had scrapped plans to speak on Thursday at the University of California at Berkeley in defiance of campus officials, who had barred her original engagement this week out of concerns about inciting violent protests. Coulter, one America's best-known and most polarizing pundits on the political right, cast blame on conservative student organizers who withdrew their invitation following their dispute with university officials. "There will be no speech," Coulter wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, Trump's tax reform ally on Capitol Hill
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  • 2017-04-27 02:01:53Z

As Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah emerged from a Senate floor speech April 24, reporters peppered him about tax reform. While he voiced strong support for President Trump, he doubted his proposed 15 percent corporate tax rate would get through Congress. "Excuse me, the White House is calling me right now, I've gotta go," he said, and stepped into an elevator. Pretty much everything Mr. Trump cares about runs through the Senate Finance Committee that Hatch chairs: tax reform, infrastructure, trade, and revisions to health care.

Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits
Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits
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  • 2017-04-27 00:55:16Z

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real number of U.S. forces. The

Front-runner unexpectedly withdraws from Canada Conservative Party race
Front-runner unexpectedly withdraws from Canada Conservative Party race
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  • 2017-04-27 00:12:51Z

By Andrea Hopkins OTTAWA (Reuters) - The front-runner in the race to become the next leader of Canada's Conservatives dropped out on Wednesday mere hours before the final televised debate, stunning party insiders and throwing the contest open to two remaining favorites. Reality TV star and venture

Forget the AirPods: These Wireless Earbuds Are Now $24
Forget the AirPods: These Wireless Earbuds Are Now $24

The AirPods are Apple's first foray into the wireless headphones industry offering a no-fuss, near-instantaneous way to wirelessly connect to your iOS device. The Syllable D900 Mini Bluetooth Earphones offer the same wireless capabilities as Apple's AirPods, but at a considerably lower price.

South Korea's economy grows at fastest pace in 3 quarters
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  • 2017-04-26 23:52:51Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's central bank says Asia's fourth-largest economy has grown at the fastest clip in three quarters.

Aluminum company promises to hire 550 in heart of Appalachia
Aluminum company promises to hire 550 in heart of Appalachia
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  • 2017-04-26 23:46:53Z

WURTLAND, Ky. (AP) - An aluminum company says it will build a $1.3 billion plant in the heart of Appalachia, promising to hire 550 people and pay them nearly twice the average household income of an area devastated by the loss of coal and manufacturing jobs.

AT&T to Roll Out 5G Network That's Not Actually 5G
AT&T to Roll Out 5G Network That's Not Actually 5G

AT&T is using some wordsmithing to deliver to you faster Internet speeds. This week, the wireless carrier announced plans to deliver what it's calling the "5G Evolution" network to more than 20 markets by the end of the year. Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's GuideFor starters, to call AT&T's move a 5G rollout would be a bad idea.

Paraguay's lower house rejects presidential re-election amendment
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  • 2017-04-26 23:13:04Z

Paraguay's lower house of Congress on Wednesday rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed for presidential re-election, ending a month-long political crisis that aroused violent protests. Under the measure, center-right President Horacio Cartes could have sought re-election in

U.S. says strategy on North Korea centers on sanctions, open to talks
U.S. says strategy on North Korea centers on sanctions, open to talks

By Phil Stewart and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Wednesday it aimed to push North Korea into dismantling its nuclear and missile programs through tougher international sanctions and diplomatic pressure, and remained open to negotiations to bring this about. The U.S. stance, which appeared to signal a willingness to exhaust non-military options in spite of repeated warnings that "all options are on the table," came in a statement following an unusual White House-hosted briefing for the entire Senate. The statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats described North...

Poll shows smaller lead for British PM
Poll shows smaller lead for British PM's Conservatives: The Times
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  • 2017-04-26 22:47:03Z

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party holds a 16-point lead over the main opposition Labour Party ahead of a national election on June 8, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, a smaller lead than other polls have suggested. The YouGov poll conducted for The Times newspaper showed

Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: Cops
Army Veteran Tied Service Dog to Tree, Shot It 5 Times on Camera: Cops

Marinna Rollins can be heard laughing as she and her boyfriend took turns shooting her service dog, authorities said.

Attorney: Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death
Attorney: Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death

BOSTON (AP) - Aaron Hernandez hinted about suicide weeks before he was found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, according to a jailhouse friend who once sought to share a cell with the former NFL star.

Delaware State Police trooper fatally shot outside convenience store; suspect barricaded
Delaware State Police trooper fatally shot outside convenience store; suspect barricaded

A man shot and killed a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store Wednesday and later barricaded himself inside his house, where he continued to fire shots at officers, police said.

US test launches unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile
US test launches unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from California early Wednesday in a test of the weapon system that is part of the U.S. nuclear force.

Hear this, oh those who listen
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  • 2017-04-26 21:14:42Z

In a recent skit on "Saturday Night Live," two actors in a mock TV ad invite Americans to live in a new planned city called The Bubble. A video of this skit might be useful to show before many public events in the United States these days, such as talks by controversial speakers at public universities or at town hall meetings with elected leaders. By and large, civility and free speech remain the norm in academia and politics.

Venezuela death toll hits 29, protesters battle security forces
Venezuela death toll hits 29, protesters battle security forces
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  • 2017-04-26 20:47:17Z

By Andrew Cawthorne and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces fired scores of tear gas volleys and turned water cannons on rock-throwing protesters on a bridge in Caracas on Wednesday as the death toll from this month's anti-government unrest hit at least 29. The wave of

Britain's May tells EU's Juncker she wants 'deep and special partnership'
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  • 2017-04-26 20:45:14Z

Britain is committed "to achieving a deep and special partnership with the European Union", British Prime Minister Theresa May told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, her spokesperson said. "The PM had a constructive meeting this evening with President Juncker

Attack on Afghan base a reminder: Taliban pose the greater threat
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  • 2017-04-26 20:41:48Z

Disguised perfectly as Afghan soldiers, the 10 attackers launched the Taliban's spring offensive in spectacular fashion, rolling undetected into one of the most secure army bases in northern Afghanistan, and killing some 170 recruits as they left Friday prayers. The Taliban attack at Mazar-e Sharif'

Amazon's New Echo Look Makes Alexa the Fashion Police
Amazon's New Echo Look Makes Alexa the Fashion Police

Alexa, do these pants make me look fat? Amazon's newest voice-powered device, the Echo Look, is a $199 Wi-Fi connected camera that you can use to check out how you look in your favorite outfits. When you say "Alexa, take a picture" or "Alexa, take a video," the Echo Look will snap a shot of you, and then upload it to the Echo Look app, where you can review what you're wearing and what you've worn in the past.

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EU's Juncker, Britain's May discuss Brexit ahead of EU summit
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  • 2017-04-26 20:32:58Z

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May had a constructive discussion in London about the Brexit process on Wednesday ahead of an EU summit on April 29, a Commission spokesperson said. May hosted Juncker and chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier for dinner

Berkeley paradox: Birthplace of free speech now offended by it
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  • 2017-04-26 20:27:32Z

What started as a debate over conservative pundit Ann Coulter's scheduled talk at the University of California, Berkeley, has become a nationwide showdown over freedom of expression, with a lawsuit filed and riots in the offing. "We don't accept the right of immigrant-basher bigots to come to Berkeley and help propel Trump's deportation machine to make it more hostile for human beings who are here," says Hoku Jeffrey, a Berkeley graduate and representative of By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), a left-wing group that participated in previous protests that grew violent. In protesting her presence, groups like BAMN are wielding the right to assembly.

US: Turkey gave about 20 minutes notice before Syria strikes
US: Turkey gave about 20 minutes notice before Syria strikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Turkey gave coalition forces about 20 minutes notice before launching airstrikes on Kurdish troops in Syria this week, potentially putting American forces in the region at risk, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Sobering visualizations reveal how sea level rise could transform cities in your lifetime
Sobering visualizations reveal how sea level rise could transform cities in your lifetime

Until recently, it seemed that we would be able to manage global warming-induced sea level rise through the end of the century. It would be problematic, of course, but manageable, particularly in industrialized nations like the U.S. However, troubling indications from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets show that melting is taking place faster than previously thought and that entire glaciers - if not portions of the ice sheets themselves - are destabilizing. This has scientists increasingly worried that the consensus sea level rise estimates are too conservative. With sea level rise, as with other climate impacts, the uncertainties tend to skew toward the more severe end of the scale....

Unicorn frappucinos are dead. Long live dragon frappuccinos.
Unicorn frappucinos are dead. Long live dragon frappuccinos.

A couple days ago, we suggested other mythical creatures who are not unicorns that deserve to have their own frappuccinos.  Little did we know, one of those frappuccinos was indeed developing in the shadows of the unicorn frappuccino. And now, with the unicorn frappuccino run officially over at Starbucks, that new frappuccino has come into the spotlight. Introducing the dragon frappuccino. SEE ALSO: Starbucks baristas are now creating 'unicorn lemonade' and there's no end to this 109/365: I apologized profusely to my barista before ordering the basic AF #unicornfrappuccino - thankfully they were out of the ingredients and offered me something not only cooler and better...

What's left out of Trump tax plan? The 'D' word
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  • 2017-04-26 19:05:00Z

Mr. Trump's election campaign included both pitches for tax cuts and pledges to tame federal debt. It's not yet a detailed plan, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin set goals and principles Wednesday that include slashing corporate tax rates from 35 percent of profits to 15 percent, and cutting individual taxes as well.

Police Confirm Active Shooter In Washington Middle School
Police Confirm Active Shooter In Washington Middle School

Police were responding to Hawkins Middle School in Mason County following reports of an active shooter.

New US office seeks to aid victims of crimes by immigrants
New US office seeks to aid victims of crimes by immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration on Wednesday opened an office dedicated to helping victims of crimes committed by immigrants - an initiative criticized as misguided because studies have shown immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens.

Airbus says Austria probing its chief over Eurofighter deal
Airbus says Austria probing its chief over Eurofighter deal
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  • 2017-04-26 17:59:14Z

Austrian prosecutors are investigating Airbus chief Tom Enders as part of a fraud and corruption probe into a 2003 Eurofighter deal, the aircraft maker said Wednesday. "The Vienna prosecutor informed us this afternoon for the first time that all individuals on an Austrian financial crimes unit

A middle way forward for a divided France? Macron voters hope so.
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  • 2017-04-26 17:57:26Z

France has a well-earned reputation for being quick to protest over everything from labor laws to Uber to increasing the age of retirement. The pair are convinced that Mr. Macron, who will face Marine Le Pen in France's May 7 presidential runoff, and his "En Marche" movement will shine a light on a

Russia, ahead of planned protest, bans Kremlin critic
Russia, ahead of planned protest, bans Kremlin critic's foundation
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  • 2017-04-26 17:38:25Z

By Polina Devitt and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it had banned a pro-democracy movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky which has called for big anti-government protests on Saturday ahead of a presidential election next year. In a statement, the General

To fight domestic violence among Syrian refugees, an outreach to men
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  • 2017-04-26 17:18:00Z

Aaref fled to Lebanon from Syria five years ago to escape the war raging in his homeland. Life as a refugee in Lebanon is grueling. The stress soon led to conflicts between Aaref and his wife, of the type they hadn't experienced since they were young newlyweds learning to navigate life together.

US commander not confident North Korea will refrain from nuclear assault
US commander not confident North Korea will refrain from nuclear assault

The US admiral in charge of a potential conflict with North Korea has said his goal is to bring Kim Jong-un "to his senses, not to his knees", as the Trump administration signaled it intends to use economic and diplomatic pressure to denuclearize the peninsula. Tensions between the US and North Korea are white-hot ahead of an anticipated sixth nuclear test from Pyongyang and its accelerating long-range missile development.

Humans may have lived in the Americas 130,000 years ago, far earlier than thought
Humans may have lived in the Americas 130,000 years ago, far earlier than thought

Ancient remains found in California suggest that humans were present in North America some 130,000 years ago - substantially earlier than scientists previously thought. A site in San Diego contains evidence that early human ancestors smashed mastodon bones and teeth to make rudimentary tools. The smattering of bone fragments, hammer-stones, and anvils now represents the oldest archeological site in the Americas, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. The oldest widely accepted date for humanity's presence in North America is less than 15,000 years ago. If the findings are true, this would make the San Diego site older by a factor of nearly ten, the study...

Turkish warplanes kill six Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army
Turkish warplanes kill six Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army
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  • 2017-04-26 16:32:22Z

Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday and killed six militants, the military said, in a second day of cross-border raids. A military statement said the air strikes targeted the Zap region, the Turkish name for a river which flows across the Turkish-Iraqi border

France says has proof Syria regime launched
France says has proof Syria regime launched 'chemical attack'

French intelligence services have scientific proof that the Syrian regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack that killed 88 people, France's foreign minister said Wednesday. Jean-Marc Ayrault said analysis of samples taken at the scene of the April 4 attack in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun, in which 31 children were among the dead, showed "there is no doubt that sarin gas was used" and that it was produced by Syrian laboratories. "There is no doubt about the responsibility of the Syrian regime given the way that the sarin used was produced," Ayrault told journalists after the report was presented at a meeting of French defence chiefs.

Turns out Serena Williams' pregnancy announcement was all an accident
Turns out Serena Williams' pregnancy announcement was all an accident

Regardless of whether or not you hold the title of the greatest athlete in the world, Serena Williams is only human and makes mistakes, just like the rest of us.  Only her mishap happened to spur countless of headlines this month.  While in conversation with Gayle King at the 2017 Ted Talks conference, Williams explained that her Snapchat mirror-selfie that revealed a 20-week baby bump was all an accident.  SEE ALSO: Serena Williams has a message for the creep who made 'racist' comments about her baby "I was on vacation just taking some time for myself and I have this thing where I've been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I'm going. I...

Boyle Heights woman, cleared of drug bust involvement, faces deportation
Boyle Heights woman, cleared of drug bust involvement, faces deportation

A woman is facing deportation following a Boyle Heights drug bust that sheriff's deputies said she had no involvement in.

AP Photos: Chernobyl
AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitors

PRIPYAT, Ukraine (AP) - A bulletin board in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat still bears an edition of the Sovietsky Patriot newspaper, dated three days before the nuclear explosion that turned the city into one of the world's most baleful ghost towns.

Italy
Italy's 5-Star builds policies and poll lead as rivals struggle
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  • 2017-04-26 15:01:34Z

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, already Italy's most popular party, is stealing a march on its divided rivals by drawing up its policy program a year ahead of elections. With the ruling center-left Democratic Party embroiled in a bruising leadership battle

China urges end to US-S.Korea military exercises
China urges end to US-S.Korea military exercises
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  • 2017-04-26 15:00:54Z

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged an end to US-South Korean military manoeuvres Wednesday as well as a stop to North Korea's nuclear programme to calm tensions on the peninsula. "Security and stability are very fragile at the moment and the danger is great of a new conflict breaking

Leak offers a first look at one of the few phones that will rival the Galaxy S8
Leak offers a first look at one of the few phones that will rival the Galaxy S8

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus will launch its fourth-generation flagship this year, the OnePlus 5 - don't be fooled by that "5," the number four just isn't lucky in China. The company is yet to announce a press event for the handset, but the first rumors have already started to pop up on gadget blogs. And now, a leak may have just given us our first look at the upcoming new OnePlus handset. Assuming India Today Tech's source had access to genuine information, the following image offers us the first details about the OnePlus 5's design. The image was sourced from "people who have seen the phone and have possibly worked on the OnePlus 5," according to the report, and India Today Tech...

Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses: arms monitor
Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses: arms monitor
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  • 2017-04-26 14:33:59Z

Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the Sunni militant group was "promoting the development of 'own-brand

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