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Venezuela prepares world summit to defend new legislative body
Venezuela prepares world summit to defend new legislative body
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  • 2017-08-21 14:46:09Z

By Diego Oré CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela is preparing an international summit to rally support for an all-powerful lawmaking body, whose recent creation drew widespread foreign condemnation as a power grab by leftist President Nicolas Maduro. Late last month, and in the face of anti-government street

Stone Mountain another (huge) test for Confederate symbols
Stone Mountain another (huge) test for Confederate symbols

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - The huge raised-relief images show a Confederate trinity sitting astride their horses, high above the ground. Hats held across their chests, President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson ride across the face of Stone Mountain into faded glory.

U.S. scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staff
U.S. scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staff
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  • 2017-08-21 14:42:41Z

By Andrew Osborn and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States began to scale back its visa services in Russia on Monday, drawing an angry reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff. The move, which will

Europe wary of security infrastructure despite vehicle attacks
Europe wary of security infrastructure despite vehicle attacks
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  • 2017-08-21 14:35:59Z

By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Europe has experienced around a dozen cases of drivers using a car or truck to plow into pedestrians like last week's attack in Barcelona, but cities have not rushed to mitigate the risks by changing their layout. Concerns about cost, a fear that evolving security

Danish police: Submarine owner says woman died in accident
Danish police: Submarine owner says woman died in accident

HELSINKI (AP) - The owner of a home-built submarine has told investigators that a missing Swedish female journalist died onboard in an accident and he buried her at sea in an unspecified location, Danish police said Monday.

Men Partially Blinded From A Solar Eclipse Warn Others To Watch Safely
Men Partially Blinded From A Solar Eclipse Warn Others To Watch Safely

That's how long two Oregon men say they looked at a partial solar eclipse with their naked eyes 55 years ago before it burned their retinas, causing permanent blindness.

Lebanon foiled suicide bomb attack on Australia-Abu Dhabi flight: minister
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  • 2017-08-21 11:38:55Z

CAIRO (Reuters) - Lebanon foiled a plot by a suicide bomber to blow up a plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Australia earlier this month, Lebanon's interior minister said on Monday. Nohad Machnouk told Saudi-owned television station Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath that the bomber was Lebanese and

China
China's Great Wall Motor eyes Fiat Chrysler deal

China's Great Wall Motor signalled on Monday its intention to make an ambitious acquisition deal with Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles following a report that it wants to buy the Jeep brand. Great Wall Motor ranks only as the seventh biggest Chinese auto company in terms of sales -- 1.07 million in China and 17,400 abroad last year -- but any purchase of FCA would take the firm to another level. "There is an intention to make the purchase," a Great Wall Motor spokeswoman told AFP, though she declined to say if the possible deal would be for the entire auto giant or just one of its brands.

US Embassy in Russia suspends issuing nonimmigrant visas
US Embassy in Russia suspends issuing nonimmigrant visas

MOSCOW (AP) - In a step that could affect hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists, the U.S. Embassy in Russia said Monday it would suspend issuing nonimmigrant visas for eight days from Wednesday in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff.

The Note: Trump
The Note: Trump's return to Washington eclipsed by Charlottesville fallout

President Donald Trump will make his third primetime address to the American people and Vice President Mike Pence holds an event for the total solar eclipse today.

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for 2000 plot to kill PM
Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for 2000 plot to kill PM

NEW DELHI (AP) - A Bangladesh court has sentenced to death 10 leaders and activists from a banned Islamist group for a plot in 2000 to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by planting bombs at one of her rallies.

French presidency gives official role to Brigitte Macron
French presidency gives official role to Brigitte Macron

The French presidency said Monday that Brigitte Macron, the wife of President Emmanuel Macron, would have a official role representing France but would not be paid or have her own budget or staff. A proposal by Macron during campaigning earlier this year to create a new First Lady status for her has been shelved following an outcry, but the presidency had promised to clarify her position and the resources at her disposal. A statement from the presidency said she would "represent France at her husband's side during international summits and meetings" and would also organise meetings at the Elysee Palace.

One dead, one injured after car rams two bus shelters in Marseille in 'deliberate' act
One dead, one injured after car rams two bus shelters in Marseille in 'deliberate' act

One person has died in Marseille after a car crashed into people waiting at two different bus stops in the southern French port, police sources told French media. The suspected driver, reportedly a 35-year-old man known by authorities for petty crimes and mental health problems, was arrested shortly afterwards.  A man was left seriously injured. Yves Lefebvre, of the Unité SGP Police FO union, said: "It clearly looks like a deliberate act". French police secure the area in the French port city of Marseille after one person was killed and another injured after a car crashed into two bus shelters Credit: PHILIPPE LAURENSON/Reuters Judicial police in Marseille and Lyon have...

U.S., South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tension
U.S., South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tension
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  • 2017-08-21 09:05:28Z

By Christine Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea's weapons programs, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions. South Korean

'Extremely dissatisfied' China blames India for border scuffle
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  • 2017-08-21 08:52:01Z

China laid the blame at India's door on Monday for an altercation along their border in the western Himalayas involving soldiers from both of the Asian giants. Last week, a source in New Delhi, who had been briefed on the military situation on the border, said soldiers foiled a bid by a group of

Finland
Finland's knife attack suspect to appear in court, may be via video link
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  • 2017-08-21 08:43:42Z

An 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker will appear in court on Tuesday over a knife attack in the city of Turku that killed two women and wounded eight people in what police suspect is Finland's first terrorism-related assault. The court on Monday named the suspect as Abderrahman Mechkah. Police

Christian Radio Host Bryan Fischer: Eclipse Is A Sign Of The Work Of Satan
Christian Radio Host Bryan Fischer: Eclipse Is A Sign Of The Work Of Satan

Centuries ago, celestial events such as eclipses evoked deep superstition.

Navy ship in collision named for McCain
Navy ship in collision named for McCain's dad, grandfather

BANGKOK (AP) - The U.S. warship involved in the collision off Singapore before dawn Monday has a name many Americans recognize - but not for its father-and-son namesakes.

How high is air pollution in your city and how does it compare to the most polluted cities in the world?
How high is air pollution in your city and how does it compare to the most polluted cities in the world?

Pollution is a greater global threat than Ebola and HIV, according to warnings by the World Health Organisation.  According to its recent report, one in four deaths among children aged under five are now due to environmental hazards such as air pollution and contaminated water. Previously this year, air pollution levels in London were worse than those in Beijing for a brief period - with the UK capital's pollutants frequently breaking UK limits.  Now, the UK Government plans to tackle such dangers by banning diesel and petrol cars by 2040. But how bad is air pollution in other areas of the UK? Search for your postcode to see how bad air pollution is in your area How high is air...

Here's How Much Faster Your Next Laptop Will Be
Here's How Much Faster Your Next Laptop Will Be

Intel's new laptop processors will be 40% faster

Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse
Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse

On Monday, when a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States for the first time in 99 years, people gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the last on the continent to experience it. Historic Charleston, with its cobblestone streets and elegant antebellum mansions, was a-bustle on Sunday in full pre-eclipse mode. Weather predictions for Monday were iffy -- with clouds and scattered thunderstorms predicted through the hours when the eclipse is due, from the moment when the moon first obscures a small arc of the sun, to totality, and through the end of the whole cosmic viewing experience.

Ten sailors missing after US destroyer collision off Singapore
Ten sailors missing after US destroyer collision off Singapore

Ten US sailors were missing and five injured Monday after their destroyer collided with a tanker east of Singapore, in the second accident involving an American warship in two months. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC near the Straits of Malacca in the early hours, the US Navy said. "Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft," it said in a statement as the ship headed to port in Singapore.

Trump to present vision for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan war
Trump to present vision for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan war
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  • 2017-08-21 04:35:27Z

By Steve Holland and John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It will be President Donald Trump's turn on Monday to address a problem that vexed his two predecessors when he details his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, America's longest military conflict. In a prime-time speech to the nation

Trump sends
Trump sends 'thoughts and prayers' to US sailors in crash

US President Donald Trump late Sunday tweeted his "thoughts and prayers" to the sailors aboard a US destroyer that collided with a tanker near Singapore, leaving 10 missing and five injured. Earlier Sunday night, Trump had said "that's too bad" in response to reporters' shouted questions about the USS John S. McCain. The guided-missile destroyer collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore and near the Strait of Malacca in the early hours of Monday local time, the US Navy said a statement.

Mystery Qatari sheikh pushed into Gulf crisis spotlight
Mystery Qatari sheikh pushed into Gulf crisis spotlight

Two months into a bitter Gulf crisis, Saudi Arabia's use of a previously unknown Qatari royal family member has opened a new -- and bizarre -- front in the conflict. On August 17, it was announced that Saudi's King Salman had ordered the reopening of the Qatar border to allow pilgrims from the emirate to join the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The decision, at first glance an apparent thawing in a crisis ongoing since June 5, was apparently taken after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met an obscure member of Qatar's ruling dynasty, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim al-Thani.

Don't like our rules? Then leave, China newspaper says after journal censored
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  • 2017-08-21 02:14:21Z

The censorship in China of hundreds of academic papers from a prominent journal will have little impact because readership is so small, but if Western institutions don't like the way things are done in China they can leave, the state-run Global Times newspaper said in an editorial on Monday. The

Sudanese children of Islamic State militants released in Libya
Sudanese children of Islamic State militants released in Libya
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  • 2017-08-20 22:47:06Z

Four children from Sudan whose parents are believed to have been killed fighting for Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte last year were handed over to the Sudanese consul on Sunday for return to their country. Sirte was a stronghold for Islamic State from 2015-2016, when Libyan forces backed by

Barcelona attack suspect still sought as investigation expands to other countries
Barcelona attack suspect still sought as investigation expands to other countries
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  • 2017-08-20 21:26:09Z

By Angus Berwick BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Spanish police searched on Sunday for the man behind the wheel in the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, amid growing signs members of the militant group had connections elsewhere in Europe. Police said security operations were under way in Catalonia

Protesters March To The Tune Of 'Move Trump, Get Out The Way'
Protesters March To The Tune Of 'Move Trump, Get Out The Way'

An estimated 2,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Atlanta on Saturday to peacefully protest the racism and hate on display the previous week in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Some 115 migrants rescued from truck in eastern Mexico - official
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  • 2017-08-20 20:53:42Z

Police in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz have rescued 115 migrants, including 41 minors, traveling in "in deplorable conditions" in a truck, a state official said on Sunday. The migrants were found at Playa Munecos in Veracruz, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly

Moroccan suspect in Barcelona attack turned more conservative in past year: family

By Samia Errazzouki MRIRT, Morocco (Reuters) - A suspect still at large after the Barcelona van attack began showing more religiously conservative behavior within the past year and refused to shake hands with women during a visit to his birthplace in Morocco in March, family members say. The relatives expressed shock and anger on Sunday after discovering the alleged involvement in the Barcelona attack of Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, as well as his brother and two cousins, all originally from the small Moroccan town of Mrirt. Abouyaaqoub is one of 12 suspects in Thursday's attack on Las Ramblas, Barcelona's most famous boulevard, in which a van plowed into holidaymakers, killing 13 people.

Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse
Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse

On Monday, when a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States for the first time in 99 years, people gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the last on the continent to experience it. Historic Charleston, with its cobblestone streets and elegant antebellum mansions, was clearly a-bustle on Sunday, in full pre-eclipse mode. Its restaurants were packed and downtown parking was at a premium as excited locals and tourists -- possessors of the prized solar glasses that make eclipse-viewing safe -- strolled cheerfully along the seafront Battery promenade.

'Catching' a U-2 fresh back from America's air wars

By Phil Stewart AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) - It may not sound possible to "catch" an American spy plane while driving a Dodge Charger. The plane itself was designed in the 1950s to grip the lightest parts of the atmosphere some 70,000 feet above the Earth, so, in the words of one of the U-2 pilots, "it really doesn't want to stop flying." Enter the Dodge Charger, which along with another so-called "chase car" helped guide the spy plane down to the runway, speeding at about 90 miles per hour - an operation perfected over the many years of the famed U-2 Dragon Lady's operations.

Kasich urges Trump to end staff chaos and
Kasich urges Trump to end staff chaos and 'settle it down'

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to stop the staff chaos at the White House and "settle it down."

Spain attacks: The imam who
Spain attacks: The imam who 'ate up the brains' of youths

In a little Spanish town by the Pyrenees mountains, a Moroccan imam has come under intense scrutiny, accused of creating the terror cell that allegedly launched the twin attacks in Spain. The blast likely changed the plans of the attackers, who instead used vehicles to smash into pedestrians on Barcelona's busy Las Ramblas boulevard and in the seaside resort town of Cambrils. "On Tuesday morning, he left saying he was going on vacation to Morocco," said fruit-seller Nordeen El Haji, 45, who four months ago moved into the apartment that Satty occupied in Ripoll.

Trump's decision to allow plastic bottle sales in national parks slammed
Trump's decision to allow plastic bottle sales in national parks slammed

Grand Canyon national park: selling bottled water will be allowed there again. The Trump administration's decision to reverse a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in some of America's most famous national parks, such as the Grand Canyon shows "the corporate agenda is king and people and the environment are left behind", campaigners have said. The comments come after the administration ended a policy that allowed parks to ban the sale of plastic bottled water in an effort to curb pollution.

People Need to Calm Down About Their Pets and the Solar Eclipse
People Need to Calm Down About Their Pets and the Solar Eclipse

Do your cat and dog need glasses? We asked an expert.

Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner
Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner
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  • 2017-08-20 18:35:52Z

Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week's devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the city's chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday. One of Africa's worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed on

Three Lebanese soldiers killed in landmine on Syria border: security source

Three Lebanese soldiers were killed and one was critically wounded on Sunday when their armored vehicle hit a landmine on the Lebanese-Syrian border, a security source said. The area where the soldiers were killed was near a border stronghold close to the mountains of Arsal, where Shi'ite Hezbollah militia recently forced Sunni Syrian militants to leave in a joint cross-border operation with the Syrian army, the source added. The Lebanese army had launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria.

South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she allegedly attacked young model
South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she allegedly attacked young model

Grace Mugabe, the first lady of Zimbabwe, returned home last night from South Africa after being granted diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a model with an extension cable in a Johannesburg hotel. However last night lawyers announced they would launch a legal challenge this week to the immunity which allowed Mr Mugabe to escape facing any charges of assault. The immunity, granted after she arrived in South Africa more then a week ago on private business was a political decision not a legal one said Lorna Ferguson, a South African lawyer. "It was irrational and in contravention of South African laws for her to be granted immunity in the face of what were serious criminal...

Deadly rocket fire hits near Damascus trade fair
Deadly rocket fire hits near Damascus trade fair

Six people were reported dead on Sunday when a rocket hit near an international trade fair in Syria's capital Damascus being held for the first time in five years. The Damascus International Fair was once the leading event on Syria's economic calendar but had not been held since shortly after the outbreak of the country's war in March 2011.

Anti-Isil offensives: Soldiers fighting terror show solidarity with Barcelona victims as Tal Afar assault begins
Anti-Isil offensives: Soldiers fighting terror show solidarity with Barcelona victims as Tal Afar assault begins

Jubilant Lebanese forces staged a show of solidarity for the victims of the Barcelona terror attack on Sunday, waving the flags of both Spain and Lebanon over captured Isil positions on the Syrian border.  The UK and US-backed forces killed 20 militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), capturing a third of their territory from areas on the border with Syria, according to a Lebanese military spokesman. The fighting, which left three Lebanese soldiers dead, has been coordinated with an offensive on the other side of the border against Isil. Fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries gather as they advance towards the city of Tal Afar Credit:...

Fallen forensics: Judges routinely allow disavowed science
Fallen forensics: Judges routinely allow disavowed science

BOSTON (AP) - Two hairs that looked like the victim's; some dirt on a truck like that taken from the crime scene; a pattern on the bumper that resembled a design on the victim's popular brand of jeans. The case against Steven Barnes in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl seemed circumstantial, at best.

Behind olive trees, Spain terror cell
Behind olive trees, Spain terror cell's bomb factory

"I should have listened to him," said Groby, who saw all the windows of her home in Spain shatter when a massive explosion detonated in the house next door on Wednesday. It turned out that house hidden behind olive trees was likely the bomb factory of suspected jihadists who used vehicles to mow down pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils hours later.

Merkel attacks Turkey
Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency. Dogan Akhanli was stopped in Spain on Saturday after Ankara issued a "red notice". The German-Turkish writer was released on Sunday but must remain in Madrid while Spain assesses Turkey's extradition request.

Balz: Judgment on Trump has been
Balz: Judgment on Trump has been 'extremely harsh' from fellow Republicans

The Powerhouse Roundtable debates the week in politics on "This Week."

Couple Who Engaged In Sexual Act Aboard Southwest Airlines Flight Questioned
Couple Who Engaged In Sexual Act Aboard Southwest Airlines Flight Questioned

The airline said the incident occurred on a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas and apologized to other passengers aboard the flight.

Following damage caused by economic rise, China tackles ambitious conservation experiment
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  • 2017-08-20 16:00:01Z

More than 2,700 miles before the Mekong River drains into the South China Sea, before it winds past the ancient Khmer temple of Vat Phou and the poppy fields of the Golden Triangle, it begins on the Tibetan Plateau in western China. At the same time, China is working to set up a series of other trial

Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims
Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

Saudi Arabia on Sunday said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. "Saudi Arabian Airlines director general Saleh al-Jasser has said that the airline has thus far been unable to schedule flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha," read a report on the SPA news agency. "Qatari authorities have not allowed the aircraft to land as it did not have the right paperwork, although the paperwork was filed days ago," SPA said.

Community Helps Man Arrested After Leaving Kids Home Alone to Go to Work
Community Helps Man Arrested After Leaving Kids Home Alone to Go to Work

His wife reportedly has stage four cancer.

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