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Press secretary's resignation comes after Anthony Scaramucci accepted post as White House communications director

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday morning, according to three White House officials.

Bannon opposed hiring of Scaramucci, officials say

Cillizza: The end of a disastrous run as press secretary

After six months of slights and flights, Sean Spicer called it quits Friday.

Trump hires new chief of communications

President Donald Trump offered the job of White House communications director to Anthony Scaramucci on Friday morning, according to a senior administration official, a White House official and a source with knowledge. Scaramucci accepted.

February 2017 profile: Spicer takes hardest job in Washington

Sean Spicer has barely moved into his office.

Spicer's most eventful press briefings

Sean Spicer's time as press secretary has been eventful. Watch some of his most controversial moments.

Mueller to White House: Save Russia meeting documents

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House to preserve all documents relating to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had with a Russian lawyer and others, according to a source who has seen the letter.

Trump tests the limits of presidential power

Donald Trump is the no-limits President.

NYT's Trump interview 'was an ongoing negotiation'

Can President Trump pardon himself?

Late Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump is seeking to understand his pardon power, a development that seems directly linked to the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the foreign power.

Susan Rice privately met with Senate intel on Russia

Susan Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, quietly met behind closed doors Friday with Senate intelligence committee investigators probing Russian meddling in the elections, according to an official familiar with the matter.

Cillizza: For Trump, it's all about tax returns

The key line in the Washington Post's new reporting on President Donald Trump upping the pressure on special counsel Robert Mueller amid his increased agitation over the Russia probe is this one: "He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns."

WaPo and NYT: Trump legal team trying to undercut Mueller

President Donald Trump's legal team is looking at ways to push back against the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Thursday evening.

CIA chief hints he wants Kim out in N. Korea

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday evening offered some of the most aggressive comments yet from the Trump administration with regard to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Kushner's WH connection still being used to lure investors

A CNN investigation finds that Jared Kushner's White House connection is still being used to lure Chinese investors.

Hannity will no longer get excellence award

Sean Hannity will no longer receive the Media Research Center's William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence, sources familiar with the situation tell CNN.

Coons: Trump will pay price if Mueller fired

Democratic Senator Chris Coons told Jake Tapper that the President would pay a heavy price if he followed special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump appears to gesture to Putin at G20

Before President Trump's undisclosed meeting with Vladimir Putin, he appeared to signal at the Russian president during dinner.

In Minneapolis, an embrace forged from tragedy

Valerie Castile and Don Damond embraced each other minutes before the "Justice for Justine" rally in suburban Minneapolis.

O.J. moved away from other inmates

Prison officials in Nevada announced Friday they have moved O.J. Simpson to a new cell and away from any inmates who might want to hurt or harass him in the months before he is set to be released.

City is a tinderbox, and the US is building a drone base nearby

Initial probe blames Navy for collision at sea

Preliminary findings in the investigation into the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine cargo ship off the coast of Japan in June suggest the accident was caused by multiple errors by the Fitzgerald's crew and a failure to take action in the minutes leading to the collision, according to two defense officials.

Teens laugh while recording man drowning

A group of Florida teens who taunted a drowning man while filming his death from afar will not be criminally charged, according to police.

Rock band to play amid calls for boycott

Radiohead is set to play in front of tens of thousands of fans in Israel after rejecting calls from the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions organization to cancel the concert.

Opinion: Putin is not the master of control many think he is

The plot seems to thicken on a daily basis in Washington.

Camera captures moment earthquake hit

Two have been killed and dozens injured after an earthquake struck in the Mediterranean between the Turkish city of Bodrum and the Greek island of Kos.

China to US: Send us some rice

The world's largest rice producer is hungry for more and looking to the U.S. for supplies.

Jerseys will be burned if LeBron goes here

Remember Blink-182? Neither do these kids wearing their t-shirts

Just a word of advice: If you're going to buy one of those band T-shirts from Hot Topic, you might want to do a little research on the band.

This superstar's WWE days are numbered

9 bizarre things that happened in the '90s

As we age, we tend to look back on earlier decades' culture with smug superiority.

Surfer's second close call with shark

Opinion: Why cancer is not a war or a fight

When news of Senator John McCain's brain cancer diagnosis hit the internet, I thought it was beautiful to see so many well-wishers tweet to him with messages of support.

Man shoots at trucks parked outside home

Jorje Jove, 64, of Hialeah, Florida, shot at two AT&T trucks parked outside his home on July 19.

10-year-old finds million-year-old fossil

A 10-year-old boy in New Mexico stumbled onto a prehistoric find, after strong rains exposed the fossil.

HBO's 'Confederate' team knew backlash was coming

Show's creator: We might f*** it up ...

The announcement of a new alternate history drama in the works at HBO from the creators of "Game of Thrones" is already spurring a war of opinions.

War of opinions after TV show announcement

What can communities do with Confederate monuments?

Confederate landmarks -- as they originally were intended and in the ways some communities have sought to change them -- reflect the ever-evolving story of America.

Foods that can suppress appetite, aid weight loss

Whether it's turning to supplements, juices or new challenging workouts, it seems everyone is looking for the magic weight loss bullet. But sometimes, losing weight may just be a matter of tweaking your diet -- and eating foods that work for you, not against you.

Woman takes the same travel photos 30 years later

You can't revisit the past, but thanks to modern photography, you can try to recreate it. Just ask Lisa Werner.

The week in 23 photos

Take a look at 23 photos of the week from July 14 through July 20.

Colbert: Trump on Sessions is '90-proof crazy'

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah poke fun at President Trump telling The New York Times that he would not have chosen Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself over matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Making money and doing good

Trump should resist temptation to pardon his team

Linkin Park death shows dark side of creativity

Jerusalem -- urgent issue for Trump administration

Recent terror at the Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif, in the Old City of Jerusalem painfully demonstrates why the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians is so fraught, but also why it's so difficult to change and to move toward a sustainable peace.

Erdogan will regret alienating Angela Merkel

Brilliant tip to pay off your home at a furious pace


White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

The president's spokesman was reportedly unhappy with the hire of a new communications director.

East Jerusalem: Palestinians killed as holy site tensions soar

Violence erupts between Israeli forces and Palestinians as Jerusalem holy site tensions soar.

As an open-air heroin camp is closed, options narrow

A half-mile stretch of rail track in Philadelphia has become a refuge for hundreds of addicts, but the city is about to descend.

Dali's moustache 'intact at 10 past 10', exhumation finds

The comments by the painter's foundation come after his body was dug up to settle a paternity case.

Yemen's cholera epidemic 'largest ever recorded'

Cholera has swept through Yemen faster than any other country on record this year.

Justin Bieber banned from China for 'bad behaviour'

Beijing said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in "bad behaviour."

North Korea tourism: US to ban Americans from visiting

The State Department says the ban, following the death of a US student, will be published next week.

Greece-Turkey earthquake: Two killed on island of Kos

At least 100 are injured on the Greek island of Kos after the 6.7-magnitude quake in the Aegean Sea.

Madame Tussauds Beyonce waxwork 'removed' after complaints

Madame Tussauds seems to have bowed to pressure over its latest Beyonce wax work.

Erdogan says Germany cannot scare Turkey with threats

Turkey's president says Germany should "sort itself out", as Berlin vows to review their arms deals.

Young children groomed on live streaming app Periscope

Some were live streaming from their classrooms, a BBC investigation finds.

Congo's mining revenue 'missing' - Global Witness

The money is allegedly being distributed through corrupt networks linked to President Joseph Kabila.

Football chiefs realise Zanzibar not a country

Zanzibar has its membership of the Confederation of African Football rescinded just four months after the island was accepted as a member.

Murdered girl's family beg for US visa to attend funeral

AbbieGail Smith's loved ones fear they will not be allowed to attend her funeral on Sunday.

Mind the gap? Tips for how to ask for a pay rise

Mind the gender pay gap? Here's some expert tips on how to ask for a rise.

Has Trump kept six key promises six months on?

As President Trump finishes his first half-year in office, we look at which campaign promises he's fulfilled.

Ethiopia: The hyenas of Harar

Emmanuel Igunza reports from the ancient city of Harar in Ethiopia, where it appears man and hyena have evolved a mutually beneficial - if unlikely arrangement.

Arctic highway to top of world leads to hopes and fears

A remote Arctic hamlet is getting its first all-year-round road, but not everyone is happy about it.

India musician plays guitar during brain surgery

Abhishek Prasad played the instrument to help doctors treat involuntary muscle spasms in his hand.

Meet Boaty McBoatface's Swedish cousin

The public voted, and this time the name will stick. But what is it?

Why didn't Japan's First Lady speak to Trump?

Japan woke up on Friday morning to intense scrutiny of its First Lady's proficiency in English.

'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

The secret to an HIV vaccine may be in a cow's tummy, US researchers say.

7 days quiz: Which UK landmark won heritage status?

7 days quiz: Which landmark has been Grade I listed?

Polyamorous marriage: Is there a future for three-way weddings?

After Colombia legally recognises a union between three men, will polyamorous marriages follow?

Do you have to rescue someone in danger?

Five Florida teenagers watched a man drowning - but did nothing to help. Can they be prosecuted?

How Linkin Park made rap metal memorable

The band's Chester Bennington, who has died at 41, changed the dynamics of nu metal with his personal lyrics.

The man who migrated twice

What is life like for those involved in Europe's great migration?

Glimmer of hope at last for India's vanishing Parsis

An innovative Indian effort to increase its tiny Parsi population shows signs of success.

Harar - the Ethiopian city known as 'Africa's Mecca'

Our correspondent visits the ancient city of Harar as it celebrates its 1,010th anniversary.

Alvaro Morata: Chelsea complete £60m deal for Real Madrid striker

Premier League champions Chelsea sign Spain striker Alvaro Morata from La Liga champions Real Madrid for about £60m.

Tour de France 2017: Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage 19

Edvald Boasson Hagen solos to victory on stage 19 of the Tour de France as Britain's Chris Froome maintains his overall lead of 23 seconds.

The Open 2017: Chris Wood hits stunning eagle on 18th

Englishman Chris Wood holes a stunning eagle from the fairway on the 18th hole to move to three over par at The Open.

Virgil van Dijk: Southampton defender training alone & wants move

Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk is training alone and wants to leave the club, says manager Mauricio Pellegrino.


U.S. State Department to ban American travel to North Korea

Iran skips opportunity to upset nuclear deal over U.S. sanctions: sources

U.S. general says allies worry Russian war game may be 'Trojan horse'

U.S. air strike kills Afghan forces in friendly-fire incident

Senior U.S. counterterror official says can't confirm Baghdadi killed

Venezuela opposition congress names alternative Supreme Court judges

Tear gas scene from Jerusalem's 'Day of Rage'

After Syria sarin attack, doctors train to treat chemical weapons victims

Tajik opposition, rights group say government threatens activists' families

Berlin reviews Turkish arms requests as crisis deepens


Spicer resigns as press secretary, Scaramucci to be White House communications director - Washington Post

Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller's Russia investigation - Washington Post

Experts: No duty for laughing teens to rescue drowning man - ABC News

US State Department to ban American travel to North Korea - Reuters

Judge Offers Inmates Reduced Sentences in Exchange for Vasectomy - NBCNews.com

David Fricke Remembers Linkin Park's Chester Bennington - RollingStone.com

5-Year-Old Fined for Setting up Lemonade Stand - NBCNews.com

The Latest: 2 dead, 500 hurt as 6.7 quake rocks Aegean Sea - Washington Post

The Latest: Palestinian medics: 390 hurt in Israel clashes - Washington Post


Trump turns up the heat on Senate to repeal and replace

Trump turns up the heat on Senate to repeal and replacePresident Donald Trump scolded GOP senators for their inaction on health care reform Wednesday, saying they should not leave for the August recess without repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Lawrence: Session Will Be a Witness Against Trump

Lawrence: Session Will Be a Witness Against TrumpIn an astonishing interview with the New York Times, Trump said if knew Sessions would recuse himself in the Russia probe, he'd have picked a different Attorney General.

Remains found likely is 10th victim of Arizona flash flood

Remains found likely is 10th victim of Arizona flash floodPHOENIX (AP) — Remains found Wednesday in a water- and debris-filled canyon in central Arizona are believed to be those of a missing 27-year-old man who's the 10th and final victim of last weekend's flash flood, authorities said.

Germany cannot scare Turkey with 'threats': Erdogan

Germany cannot scare Turkey with 'threats': ErdoganTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday told Germany it cannot scare Ankara with threats, in an escalating row over a wave of arrests that prompted Berlin to step up warnings to German tourists and investors. "They (Germany) cannot scare us with these threats, they should know this," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul. "You (Germany) do not have the power to smear Turkey... or the power to scare us," he added.

USS Fitzgerald crash that killed seven American sailors 'was navy's own fault'

USS Fitzgerald crash that killed seven American sailors 'was navy's own fault'A deadly crash between a US warship and a Philippine cargo vessel is believed to have been the fault of the US navy, according to CNN citing preliminary investigations into the incident which claimed the lives of seven American sailors. The network said that two officials from the Department of Defence said that there were multiple errors by the crew of the USS Fitzgerald that led to the collision in June. The crash between the Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the ACX Crystal on 17 June claimed the lives of seven US sailors.

?Give it hell, John?: Family, colleagues and former foes wish McCain well

‘Give it hell, John’: Family, colleagues and former foes wish McCain wellSen. John McCain, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, has gotten an outpouring of support from across the political spectrum.

Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore woman

Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore womanBy Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police said on Thursday they had arrested 43 foreigners for kidnapping a Singaporean woman at a casino resort in the capital, highlighting security concerns that have scared high-stakes gamblers away from Manila. Police said the gang, including people from China and Southeast Asia, was believed to be a loan-shark syndicate targeting foreign high-rollers, with 11 similar cases reported since 2015. The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing casino hubs in Asia, after Macau and Singapore, with the opening of several resorts over the past two years.

Al Gore: There's Still Time To Solve Climate Change Crisis

Al Gore: There's Still Time To Solve Climate Change CrisisVice President Al Gore thinks there's still time to stop some of the catastrophes climate change might cause.

After Trump rebuke, Sessions shows up for work, will stay ?as long as that is appropriate?

After Trump rebuke, Sessions shows up for work, will stay ‘as long as that is appropriate’Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dodged questions about their future with the Department of Justice following criticisms from President Trump. In an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday evening, Trump said that he would not have appointed Sessions as attorney general if he knew Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation. “We in the Department of Justice will continue every single day to work hard, to serve the national interest, and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities of President Trump,” said Sessions when asked if he had considered resignation.

Traffic Stop Turns into Epic Proposal in Texas

Traffic Stop Turns into Epic Proposal in TexasStop, in the name of love!

Family of 5 Says They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight After Their Baby Kicked Seat in Front of Her

Family of 5 Says They Were Booted From JetBlue Flight After Their Baby Kicked Seat in Front of HerThe airline claims there's another side to the story.

'Utterly Inhumane and Cruel.' Florida Police Say Teens Laughed Watching Man Drown

'Utterly Inhumane and Cruel.' Florida Police Say Teens Laughed Watching Man DrownAuthorities in Cocoa, Florida say a group of teens watched and laughed as a man drowned in a retention pond last week.

MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world

MH370 search reveals hidden undersea worldThe painstaking search for missing flight MH370 has uncovered a previously unknown undersea world of volcanoes, deep valleys and soaring ridges, according to detailed maps released by Australia. Although no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found during the search in the southern Indian Ocean -- the most expensive ever of its kind -- large volumes of data showing a detailed picture of the sea floor had to be collected to guide the probe. "It is estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of the world's oceans have been surveyed with the kind of technology used in the search for MH370," Geoscience Australia's environmental geoscience chief Stuart Minchin said late Wednesday.

News of John McCain?s illness broke during meeting to save GOP health care plan

News of John McCain’s illness broke during meeting to save GOP health care planRepublican senators attempting to save their stalled effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in a late-night meeting Wednesday were interrupted with news of Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told reporters that the senators learned of McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis during the meeting and asked Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., to say a prayer for McCain. “It was very emotional, almost kind of stunned disbelief for a minute, then we asked James Lankford to lead us in prayer,” Hoeven said.

California wildfire explodes in size as blazes scorch U.S. West

California wildfire explodes in size as blazes scorch U.S. WestBy Stephen Lam MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - A wildfire that has forced thousands of Californians to flee their homes exploded in size on Wednesday, threatening a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park as dozens of blazes scorched the U.S. West. More than 2,000 firefighters have contained just 7 percent of the Detwiler Fire, which is approaching the town of Mariposa and tiny communities in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Cal Fire state agency said on its website. The blaze has mushroomed to 46,000 acres (18,000 hectares), an increase of about 20,000 acres (8,094 hectares) compared with the day before, and is threatening some 1,500 structures.

US 'closely tracking' as Chinese navy in the Baltics for war games with Russia

US 'closely tracking' as Chinese navy in the Baltics for war games with RussiaChinese warships will join Vladimir Putin’s navy in the Baltic Sea on Friday ahead of war games which are being watched closely by Western powers. The drills, which are a sign of both the growing reach of the Chinese military and closer strategic ties between Moscow and Beijing, kick off a busy summer of drills by Russia in eastern Europe which have raised alarm in Washington. China’s most advanced guided-missile destroyers are expected to arrive in the Russian enclave of Kalingrad on Friday before taking to the seas with a Russian flotilla on Monday for exercises that will run until July 31. The Type 052D destroyer, Changsha, missile frigate Yuncheng and supply ship Luoma Lake are taking part in the drills. PLA navy ships to enter Baltic Sea for the first time to hold joint exercises with Russia https://t.co/dhiqc5On0Bpic.twitter.com/SthAGIEu9c— China News 中国新闻网 (@Echinanews) July 19, 2017 The Changsha was described as China’s “most advanced guided-missile destroyer” by Chinese media, while the Yuncheng is also believed to be among the most capable frigates in the People Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s arsenal. "By sending its most advanced guided-missile destroyers, China is expressing its sincerity to Russia and also sends a strong signal to other countries who plan to provoke us," Li Jie, a Beijing-based navy expert, told the state-run Global Times. The Royal Navy escorted a flotilla of Chinese warships through English waters as it prepared to carry out drills with Vladimir Putin's forces. Credit: Rob Verkerk While China has dispatched some of its most high-end warships to the joint exercise, the continent from Russia’s Baltic fleet is much smaller. Just two combat ships – new corvettes of the Steregushchy class – will be joined by a support tug, naval Ka-27 helicopters and land-based Su-24 fighter-bombers as air support.  The reason for such a small showing at this year’s Joint Sea exercise is straightforward, says Maxim Shepovalenko, a former Russian navy captain and expert at the Moscow-based Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), said the small Russian showing was because there was "no need for a large-scale exercise" in the Baltic, "merely a symbolic one". "I can’t imagine the Russian navy ever holding a large-scale naval drill even by itself. And for the Chinese Navy, this is just a way to get a taste for ‘global reach,’” Mr Shepovalenko said. The exercise will run the course of a week, and will feature anti-submarine, anti-aircraft, and anti-ship drills. The two sides will also practice anti-piracy as well as search and rescue operations. The joint flotilla is under the command of Russian Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov and Chinese Vice-Admiral Tian Zhong.  The drills are being conducted in Russian, according to the Baltic Fleet’s press service. China has been expanding its military reach by building up its naval forces and establishing its first overseas military base in the tiny east African nation of Djibouti this year. The manoeuvres in the Baltic Sea are being seen by Chinese experts as a show of force following joint drills by the United States and Beijing's two key Asian rivals - India and Japan – in the Indian Ocean earlier this month. Observers also say they are directed at Nato, and underscore China’s aspirations to be a major blue sea power and a rival to US naval might. A statement from the United States European command said: “We are closely tracking Russian exercises with other participants, like China. “While we support their rights to train in international commons, we expect all nations adhere to international norms and laws,” the statement added, according the the Stars and stripes military news website. US and Japanese (R) Navy ships are pictured docked at a harbour during the inauguration of joint naval exercises with India in Chennai on July 10, 2017.  Credit: AFP The drills mark the first occasion that Chinese warships have ever carried out manoeuvres in the strategically important Baltic Sea, and come after recent manoeuvres in the Mediterranean. Wei Dongxu, a Beijing based military expert, said that Britain would feel a loss of prestige over the Chinese drills, given its history as a maritime power. “If you look back 30 years ago, there was no way that Britain could have imagined China could dispatch such advanced warships to carry out these activities,” he told The Telegraph. “I expect China will have overwhelming advantage over Britain on naval strength.” A named commentary in the Global Times on Friday that the drills are part of a wider plan of “enhancing (China’s) presence in oceans around the world”. “China should not back down from its current stance in the face of criticism from NATO countries,” said the commentary, from Cui Heng. a PhD candidate at the Center for Russian Studies, East China Normal University. “An appropriate entry into the NATO countries' "backyard" like the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea will reflect China's confidence and strength.” Members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy stand on the Liaoning aircraft carrier as it sails into Hong Kong, china, on Friday, July 7, 2017.  Credit: Bloomberg Meanwhile, concerns have been raised by the US military over Russian war games in Belarus - an ally of Moscow - in September. Some NATO allies believe the Russian exercise could number more than 100,000 troops and involve nuclear weapons training, the biggest such exercise since 2013. US Army Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, who heads US Army forces in Europe, told Reuters that allies are also concerned that the manouvres could be a “Trojan horse”, in which Russia would leave equipment behind. Additional reporting by Christine Wei

Powerful earthquake hits Greece and Turkey

Powerful earthquake hits Greece and TurkeyA deadly 6.7-magnitude undersea quake hit the Greek holiday island of Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum on Friday, injuring hundreds in areas abuzz with nightlife.

Six months into America's nightmare, how likely is Trump's impeachment? | Richard Wolffe

Six months into America's nightmare, how likely is Trump's impeachment? | Richard WolffeDonald Trump Jr is apparently feeling “miserable” and wants “these four years to be over”, according to People magazine. We feel your pain, Don, we really do. At least that’s one way President Trump has brought us closer together. President Trump started his term in office with approval ratings of 45% and equal disapproval ratings.

Cosmo DiNardo Was Banned From 2 Schools Before Murders Of 4 Pennsylvania Men

Cosmo DiNardo Was Banned From 2 Schools Before Murders Of 4 Pennsylvania Men"The behavior was enough for us to be concerned."

Tourists at all-inclusive Mexico resort reportedly drugged, woman dies

Tourists at all-inclusive Mexico resort reportedly drugged, woman diesA family vacation to Mexico ended in tragedy recently after a young woman died at an all-inclusive resort after reportedly being drugged.

Detained student's mother: China police want "ransom"

Detained student's mother: China police want "ransom"BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The mother of an American college student arrested in central China following an altercation with a taxi driver five weeks earlier said police are demanding the equivalent of a $7,400 "ransom" for his release.

Swimming Robot Captures Underwater Images of Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor

Swimming Robot Captures Underwater Images of Damaged Fukushima Nuclear ReactorThe reactor was destroyed by a massive March 2011 earthquake and tsunami

Lifestyle Changes Could Cut Dementia Cases, New Study Says

Lifestyle Changes Could Cut Dementia Cases, New Study SaysMore than a third of dementia cases could be prevented with lifestyle changes such as controlling high blood pressure and getting more exercise, according to a major report published Thursday in ...

Trump ends CIA arms support for anti-Assad Syria rebels: U.S. officials

Trump ends CIA arms support for anti-Assad Syria rebels: U.S. officialsBy John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has decided to halt the CIA's covert program to equip and train certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two U.S. officials said, a move sought by Assad ally Russia. The U.S. decision, said one of the officials, is part of an effort by the administration to improve relations with Russia, which along with Iranian-supported groups has largely succeeded in preserving Assad's government in the six-year-civil war.

Iraqi Forces Carry Out Revenge Killings Against ISIS Suspects

Iraqi Forces Carry Out Revenge Killings Against ISIS SuspectsAs Iraqi forces gain upper hand, Sunni Muslims become the victims of further sectarian crimes.

Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Dinners - July 24-28

Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Dinners - July 24-28

Venezuela military stands behind controversial vote

Venezuela military stands behind controversial voteVenezuela's military reaffirmed its loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday by saying its forces would protect a controversial vote he has called for next week to elect a body to rewrite the constitution. The declaration, read out by Maduro's defense minister, General Vladimir Padrino Lopez, marked another official rejection of a threat by President Donald Trump to impose economic sanctions on Venezuela if the vote proceeds. Padrino Lopez said Venezuela's armed forces, which he controls as operational commander, recognize the "legitimate nature" of Maduro's plan to have a body called a constituent assembly elected.

'Oh He Just Died': Teens Laugh At Drowning Disabled Man In Disturbing Video

'Oh He Just Died': Teens Laugh At Drowning Disabled Man In Disturbing VideoIn more than two-minute long video, the teens can be heard laughing, instead of calling for help as a Florida man struggled to stay afloat in a pond.

Man with DEVAST8 face tattoo finally accepts job offer  

Man with DEVAST8 face tattoo finally accepts job offer  A New Zealand teenager who complained his large DEVAST8 face tattoo was hampering his employment prospects has finally landed a job. Mark Cropp’s photo was shared around the world after he admitted on social media the tattoo was a drunken mistake from his time in prison and he was devastated with the results. However, the former prison inmate made more headlines after revealing he had turned down 45 job offers, saying he was “waiting for the right one”. The amateur inking covers his cheeks, mouth and chin Credit: Caters  Now the 19-year-old father is ready to start work after accepting a job offer near his home in Auckland. “Mark has accepted a local scaffolding job,” his girlfriend, Taneia Ruki, told Daily Mail Australia. “He could be starting as early as Monday. We are all still locking in the starting day.” On rejecting dozens of job offers, she added: “Most of those were outside New Zealand, so they weren’t on the cards.” Mark Cropp with his girlfriend Taneia Ruki  Credit: Caters  Meanwhile, tattoo laser removal company Sacred Laser has offered to remove the DEVAST8 lettering from his face for free. It will take between eight and 12 sessions to completely remove the facial inking, the New Zealand Herald reports.  Bad celebrity tattoos Mr Cropp posted a job appeal on Facebook earlier this month after being turned away by several recruitment agencies over his appearance.   “I’m keen as to work but have one thing that is stopping me and that’s my tattoo on my face,” he wrote. “I don’t have a CV as of yet but have worked at NZ brick distributors before, also a scrap metal yard … Keen as on job or work place that will take me on.” This man’s Hebrew tattoo doesn’t say what he thinks it does Surprising celebrity tattoos

Utah's crowded Zion National Park may require reservations

Utah's crowded Zion National Park may require reservationsSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It would be a first for a U.S. national park: Requiring reservations to get in. But it's an option that Utah's Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to its sweeping red-rock vistas and canyons.

Surviving Child Describes Horror of Mother's Alleged Family Stabbing Rampage

Surviving Child Describes Horror of Mother's Alleged Family Stabbing RampageIn new Division of Family and Children's Services documents, Diana Romero, 9, recalls the sight of her mother getting a knife out of the kitchen.

For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugsFor the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday.

U.S. should move bases away if it pursues sanctions -Iran guards

U.S. should move bases away if it pursues sanctions -Iran guardsThe head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday Washington should move its bases and avoid "miscalculations" over new sanctions against Tehran, Iranian agencies reported. The Trump administration imposed the new sanctions on Tuesday over Iran's ballistic missile program and said Tehran's "malign activities" in the Middle East undercut any positive contributions coming from the 2015 nuclear accord.

Cameroon 'torturing people accused of supporting Boko Haram'

Cameroon 'torturing people accused of supporting Boko Haram'Cameroon’s security forces have been accused in an Amnesty International report of torturing hundreds of people in secret chambers. Dozens of testimonies, as well as satellite imagery, photographs and videos add up to a pattern of terrible violence against people accused of supporting the Islamist group Boko Haram, which Amnesty says amounts to war crimes.

Canada's Governor General touches Queen in breach of royal protocol 'to ensure she didn't slip'

Canada's Governor General touches Queen in breach of royal protocol 'to ensure she didn't slip'It is simply not the done thing. Or to put it another way, you can look but you can’t touch. So much so that Canada’s Governor General has felt the need to explained why he decided to breach royal protocol and touch the Queen, saying that he wanted to make sure she did not slip during an official engagement. David Johnston was spotted supporting the 91-year-old by gently touching her elbow as she climbed the steps at Canada House in Trafalgar Square, on Wednesday. The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (C-L) attended a function at Canada House Credit: EPA/WILL OLIVER He did the same thing as she left the building, which she visited with the Duke of Edinburgh in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Speaking afterwards he told Canadian broadcaster CBC News: "Well I'm certainly conscious of the protocol. I just was anxious to be sure that there was no stumbling on the steps.” Mr Johnston, who as a student inspired a character in the bestselling 1970 novel Love Story, added: “It's a little bit awkward, that descent from Canada House to Trafalgar Square, and there was a carpet that was a little slippy, and so I thought perhaps it was appropriate to breach protocol just to be sure that there was no stumble." Queen Elizabeth is welcomed to Canada House by Canada Governor General David Johnston Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool In its advice on how to greet a member of the Royal family Buckingham Palace’s website reminds people that there are "no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting the Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms". While touching the Monarch, beyond a handshake, is not explicitly mentioned it is generally accepted that members of the public do not do so. Not that Mr Johnson is the first to beach royal etiquette with displays of friendship. In 2009 Michelle Obama took the unusual step of putting her arm round the Queen, in response to the Monarch placing her hand on her back, while she attended a glittering reception at Buckingham Palace with her husband, ahead of the G20 summit. Buckingham Palace described it at the time as a “mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation”. Queen given tour of Canada House to mark country's 150th birthday 01:31 In 1992 the then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating placed his arm around the Queen while introducing her to subjects during her visit in 1992, earning himself the nickname ‘The Lizard of Oz’. And in 2014 the basketball star LeBron James put his arm around the Duchess of Cambridge while presenting her with a jersey after a game in New York. Buckingham Palace said it had no concern over the Governor's General decision to lend the Queen his hand in support. An aide said: "There's no issue here. It was a simple human gesture"

Small plane makes emergency landing on Long Island highway

Small plane makes emergency landing on Long Island highwayA Cessna plane pilot is being praised for his successful emergency landing on a Long Island highway that included flying under an overpass.

Fighting kills 6 Ukraine soldiers in fresh spike of violence

Fighting kills 6 Ukraine soldiers in fresh spike of violenceClashes with Russian-backed rebels killed six Ukrainian soldiers Thursday, officials said, in the bloodiest surge in fighting along the volatile frontline in recent months. The violence flared several days after a top rebel leader announced a plan to form a new "state" that Kiev warned could put a long-stalled peace plan further in jeopardy. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said rebel shelling killed six servicemen and wounded two more around the insurgents' de-facto capital Donetsk.

Great White Shark Gets Shockingly Close To Paddle Boarders Near California

Great White Shark Gets Shockingly Close To Paddle Boarders Near CaliforniaPaddle boarders came dangerously close to a great white shark in Califonia waters.

California parents trying to control kids can lose custody

California parents trying to control kids can lose custodySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state can take wayward children away from their parents even when they are doing their best to control their kids and the kids aren't delinquents, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

New York Couple Pleads Guilty to Enslaving Korean Children for 6 Years

New York Couple Pleads Guilty to Enslaving Korean Children for 6 YearsThe children have been reunited with their parents

Donald Trump says 'smart' and 'strong' Emmanuel Macron 'loves holding my hand' 

Donald Trump says 'smart' and 'strong' Emmanuel Macron 'loves holding my hand' Donald Trump has spoken out on his notorious handshake with French President Emmanuel Macron. The handshake - which went on for a long time - was explained by Mr Trump in an interview with the New York Times. The President commented multiple times that the French President enjoys "holding his hand". He said: "He’s a great guy. Smart. Strong. Loves holding my hand." Mr Trump later repeated this remark, commenting: " People don’t realize he loves holding my hand. And that’s good, as far as that goes." Ramming the point home, he said a third time: "I mean, really. He’s a very good person. And a tough guy, but look, he has to be. I think he is going to be a terrific president of France. But he does love holding my hand." Donald Trump is famous for his vice-like handshake, which has squashed the digits of other world leaders. However, Mr Macron gave as good as he got, squeezing Donald Trump right back when they met last week.

Millions heed anti-Maduro shutdown in Venezuela

Millions heed anti-Maduro shutdown in VenezuelaBy Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear will consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country. From the Andes to the Amazon, millions joined the 24-hour shutdown, staying at home, closing businesses or manning roadblocks in a civil disobedience campaign the opposition hopes will end nearly two decades of socialist rule. "We must all do our best to get rid of this tyrant," said Miguel Lopez, 17, holding a homemade shield emblazoned with "No To Dictatorship!" at a barrier on a Caracas street devoid of traffic.

Doctors Say a Third of Dementia Cases Could be Prevented

Doctors Say a Third of Dementia Cases Could be PreventedSome effective ways of preventing dementia don’t involve high-tech or expensive strategies

Minnesota shooting shows underuse of police body cameras

Minnesota shooting shows underuse of police body camerasMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police and protesters heralded the arrival of the body camera as a critical window into officers' everyday activities after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Unilever first half profits soar 22.4 percent

Unilever first half profits soar 22.4 percentFood and consumer products giant Unilever said on Thursday profits soared in the first half of 2017, raking in 3.3 billion euros after the Anglo-Dutch firm spurned a takeover bid by US rival Kraft Heinz. The 22.4 percent hike in the first six months compared to the same period last year showed "a substantial step-up in profitability despite the persisting volatile global trading environment," chief executive Paul Polman said. "The transformation of Unilever into a more resilient, more competitive and more profitable business is accelerating," he added in a statement.

Iraqi forces recapture village south of Mosul from Islamic State: police

Iraqi forces recapture village south of Mosul from Islamic State: policeIraqi forces on Thursday regained control over Imam Gharbi, a village south of Mosul, from Islamic State militants who had seized it as their defense of their stronghold in the city crumbled, Iraqi police said. The action formed part of the next phase of the U.S.-backed government's campaign to drive Islamic State from Iraq and dismantle their self-proclaimed caliphate. Police Colonel Kareem Aboud said government forces took full control of Imam Gharbi at dawn.

Creationists Sell Christian Theme Park To Themselves To Avoid $700,000 In Taxes

Creationists Sell Christian Theme Park To Themselves To Avoid $700,000 In TaxesThe theme park owes the city of Williamstown approximately $700,000.

Woman details yoga farting nightmare in hilarious viral Facebook post

Woman details yoga farting nightmare in hilarious viral Facebook postBut, sometimes it emits sounds at the most inopportune moments.

Mother Gives Birth in Restaurant Bathroom, Grandma Helps Stash Baby in Trash: Cops

Mother Gives Birth in Restaurant Bathroom, Grandma Helps Stash Baby in Trash: CopsA mother and daughter have been charged in the death of a newborn.


Three Die in Clashes After Israel Bars Men From Holy Site

Israeli police have banned men under the age of 50 from entering one of Jerusalem's holiest sites as security is stepped up across the city.

Quake Rocks Resorts in Turkey, Greece: Two Dead

Two people on the Greek island of Kos were reportedly killed after a collapse following a magnitude-6.7 earthquake that rattled the island and Turkey's coast.

Lowest Caste to Highest Office: 'Untouchable' Elected President of India

India has elected a man from its "untouchable" Dalit caste to be its next president. Ram Nath Kovind, 72, is from the ruling BJP party.

German President OKs Gay Marriage Law, Takes Effect in Fall

The presidential office said President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed the legislation on Thursday, which means it will come into force Oct. 1 at the earliest.

State Department Announces Ban on Travel to North Korea

American citizens are expected to be banned from traveling as tourists to North Korea, a U.S. official told NBC News.

Girl, 5, Fined for Setting up Lemonade Stand

A 5-year-old girl was slapped with a nearly $200 fine for setting up a lemonade stand on the street near her home in East London.

LGBTQ Conference in China's 'Gay Capital' Scrapped

It is not illegal to be gay in China, but LGBTQ activists say conservative attitudes toward homosexuality have led to occasional government clamp-downs.

Bieber Banned From China For 'Bad Behavior'

China has banned pop idol Justin Bieber from performing because of his "bad behavior" on and off the stage.

Dalí Exhumation Finds his Mustache Still Intact

Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and bones from Salvador Dalí's embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test.

Duterte Calls U.S. 'Lousy' and Vows to Never Visit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would never go to the United States, which he called a "lousy" country.

Hawaii to Prepare for Possible North Korean Missile

Hawaii will begin educating its residents on what to do in case a missile reaches its shore in the same way it prepares for hurricanes and tsunamis.

Russia's Lavrov Says Trump May Have Met Putin More Times

"They might have met even much more than just three times," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told NBC News' Keir Simmons in an exclusive interview.

Salvador Dalí's Remains Exhumed for Paternity Test

The remains of the famed surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dalí were exhumed on Thursday night because of a woman who believes he is her father.

Burundi Robotics Team Missing After DC Competition

Several teen Burundi robotics team members are missing after an international competition in D.C. Two were spotted leaving the U.S. and entering Canada.

Asia's Youngest Nation Offers Glimmer of Hope for LGBTQ Rights

Advocates say East Timor's first pride parade was a milestone for the nation and a beacon of hope for a region where LGBTQ rights are under increasing attack.

Trump at Pentagon: ISIS Is 'Falling Fast'

President Donald Trump huddled with top advisers at the Pentagon Thursday for a national security briefing that included the ongoing fight against ISIS.

Protocol Breach? Gasps as Canadian Official Touches Queen

Canada's Governor General David Johnston caused a media storm in Britain after he gently touched Queen Elizabeth II in an apparent breach of royal protocol.

Leaders Appeal for Calm as Protests Continue in Temple Mount Dispute

World leaders appealed for calm in Jerusalem after Muslims called for protests Friday, in response to Israel's installing metal detectors at the Temple Mount.

Trump-Putin Meeting Raises Red Flags for National Security Experts

Experts are concerned the conversation wasn't translated properly and sent the wrong message to other world leaders.

BBC's List of Highest-Paid Stars Reveals Lack of Diversity

A report disclosing the salaries of top BBC talent stirred controversy when it revealed a massive gender pay gap and lack of minority presence in top ranks.

Terrorist Attacks Declined Worldwide for Second Year

Terrorist attacks worldwide have dropped by nine percent and deaths caused by those attacks are down 13 percent since last year, a new report says.

Singapore Annuls Marriage After Spouse's Sex-Reassignment Surgery

Singapore's Registry of Marriages declared the couple's marriage void, saying the "law does not recognize a marriage where both parties are of the same sex."

Why Did North Korean Defector in Haunting Video Return?

The resurgence of Lim Ji-hyeon in North Korea has baffled South Korea officials who said on Wednesday they are investigating how she wound up back there.

Lawmakers float idea of U.S. 'residency' for sick British boy Charlie Gard

Two members of Congress have offered distant hope to the family of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard by saying a committee had voted to give him U.S. residence.

White House Concerned by Chechen Leader's Anti-Gay Remarks

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov referred to gay men as "devils" and "subhuman" and suggested any gay people in his Russian republic should be shipped to Canada.


Bank of America Chooses Dublin as Post-‘Brexit’ European Hub

The U.S. firm is the latest lender to announce plans for continuing to serve European clients after Britain leaves the European Union.

Audi to Modify Up to 850,000 Diesel Vehicles as Carmakers Face Backlash

The German automaker, along with its rivals Daimler and BMW, is trying to fend off inquiries related to the emissions scandal.

Siemens Stops Turbine Sales to Russia in Sanctions Dispute

The German company has accused a Russian customer of moving power generation machinery to the disputed territory of Crimea against its wishes.

On the Runway: The Duchess of Cambridge and Family Refine the Art of Pantone Politics

They dressed for their hosts: Clothing that echoed the national colors of Poland and, then, a blue that had special resonance in Germany.

Earthquake in Aegean Sea Kills 2 Tourists

A 22-year-old Swede and a 39-year-old Turk died when a bar collapsed on the Greek island of Kos. The temblor also damaged the Turkish resort city of Bodrum.

Mustache Intact, Salvador Dalí’s Remains Are Exhumed in Paternity Suit

Pilar Abel, who says the Surrealist artist was her father, obtained a court order allowing DNA tests.

For Right-Wing Italian Youth, a Mission to Disrupt Migration

The plan is to monitor aid ships that are rescuing migrants at danger in the Mediterranean.

Traveling to America While Muslim

Reports say the United States is being inundated with foreign travelers, but many British Muslims are holding back because of the travel ban.

Trump Picks Richard Grenell, Former Diplomatic Aide, as Envoy to Germany

Mr. Grenell, who worked for President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain, would be the first openly gay appointee in the Trump administration.

Turkey’s Arrest of German Activist Heightens Nations’ Tensions

Germany urged its citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Turkey and warned that it might cut off export insurance guarantees and other economic aid.


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