Russia sanctions: What you need to know

July 26, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump will soon decide whether to slap fresh sanctions on Russia, a decision that will be widely watched as a test of his proclaimed detachment from Russia’s powerful elite. Here’s what you need to know about Russian sanctions. Why are there so many sanctions against Russia? Ukraine: The United States and the European Union rolled out a rash of coordinated sanctions in 2014 over Russia’s occupation, and then…

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France wildfires force evacuation of thousands

July 26, 2017

(CNN)Parts of France’s southern Cote d’Azur were evacuated late Tuesday and into Wednesday as forest fires burned swathes of land and threatened thousands of people, according to a statement from the Var police. As part of the over 100 operations launched since the outbreak of the fires, firefighting planes have been flying over the Bormes area since early Wednesday morning, dropping water bombs on the blazes.

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You’ve Probably Never Seen A Bridesmaid Dress Like Mary-Kate Olsen’s

July 26, 2017

The Olsen twins were bridesmaids in their friend Cassie Coanes wedding over the weekend at the Southwood estate along the Hudson River in New York, according to E! News. Photos from the event surfaced on social media, and it was hard to miss Mary-Kates choice of attire: a patterned, kimono-inspired frock with green mules and a flower crown. Coane, the creative director at watch company Gomelsky, reportedly asked the bridesmaids…

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Video Shows ‘Heroic’ Starbucks Customer Taking Down Armed Robber With Metal Chair

July 26, 2017

Theres probably not very many people in America who would do what Cregg Jerri did, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said after the incident, according to KGPE-TV.It was incredibly heroic. Surveillance footage captured what happened next. The masked man approached the counter and threatened staff with a fake gun and a large knife. Video shows Jerri getting up from his seat and grabbing a metal chair before walking over to…

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Why is China reinforcing its border with North Korea?

July 25, 2017

(CNN)China is further fortifying its border with North Korea, new reports show, amid continued tensions on the peninsula and concerns over potential US military action against Pyongyang. In more hospitable months, the border city of Dandong plays host to hundreds of tourists coming to gawp at North Korea — from boats on the Yalu River which separates the two countries, or through binoculars on a section of the Great Wall…

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Rising political star in China under investigation as Xi tightens grip

July 25, 2017

(CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping has moved to further consolidate his power over the world’s newest superpower, striking down a rising political star. Former Guizhou party secretary Chen Min’er, a protege of Xi, was announced as his replacement earlier on July 15. He had been seen as a direct rival to Xi for the top spot. Chongqing is one of China’s largest cities, far from the political centers of Beijing and…

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Controversial Singaporean graphic novel wins ‘Oscars’ of comic world

July 25, 2017

Singapore (CNN)A graphic novel about the history of Singapore stirred controversy before its publication, with a senior official in the city-state once warning that it could “potentially undermine the authority of legitimacy of the government and its public institutions.” Last Friday, Liew and his graphic novel “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye” bagged three Eisner awards — Best Writer/Artist, Best Publication Design and Best US Edition of International Material…

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Mike Pence Cements His Trump Bromance With Gushing Love Letter

July 25, 2017

In a piece published on Fox News website, Pence showered Trump with praise about his successful six months in office. Pence then listed a number of promises the Trump administration had yet to deliver on,namely tax cuts. Pences sentiments echoed comments made at a June cabinet meeting in which Trump appointees took turns praising the president. Pence spoke first and said, This is the greatest privilege of my life to…

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Who Run The World? Girls In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7

July 25, 2017

After Episode 1, Dragonstone, set a ratings record for the HBO series, Episode 2, Stormborn, pumped up the hype to maximum levels on Sunday night. Not only did showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss tease the highly anticipated meetup of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), they gave viewers close to an hour of women dominating in Westeros and thats always a welcome sight. As Olenna Tyrell (Diana…

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Elaborate ‘Dead Whale’ Stunt Takes Parisians By Surprise

July 24, 2017

On Friday, Parisians woke to find a massive sperm whale beached along the river Seine, drawing some shock and concern from some passersby. Belgian artist collective Captain Boomer, which took responsibility for the stirring display, said they carried out the performance art to raise awareness about the beaching of whales and dolphins and how humans play a role. BERTRAND GUAY via Getty Images To assist in delivering this message, artists…

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George R.R. Martin Says To Expect A New Book (Or Two) In 2018

July 24, 2017

In a post on his LiveJournal, where all the best ideas are publicized, Martin said to expect the Song of Ice and Fire series next written installment in 2018. Regarding the forthcoming book, The Winds of Winter, Martin had this to say: Initially meant for publication after the Song of Ice and Fire series was done, Fire and Blood is Martins history of House Targaryen, a bloodline that is supposed…

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Indonesian leader polishes strongman image by calling for drug killings

July 24, 2017

(CNN)Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called on police to kill drug dealers who resist arrest in what critics say is an attempt to burnish his credentials as a strongman leader among wavering voters. If enacted, the new policy would closely follow that of Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, who’s brutal war on drugs has left up to 8,000 people dead in just over a year. In 2015, the head of Indonesia’s…

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‘Easier to move a mountain’: China vows new military drills amid India spat

July 24, 2017

(CNN)China has promised to carry out more military drills near a disputed border region amid an escalating war of words with India. India and China have been in a weeks-long standoff over a thin strip of land bordering both countries and Bhutan, in the Himalayas. Though not a part of Indian territory, the area is close to the “chicken’s neck,” a strategic corridor that serves as a vital artery between…

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Trunks not made for swimming: elephants rescued from Sri Lankan sea

July 24, 2017

(CNN)Elephants still can’t fly, but maybe they can swim — at least for a little bit. Three navy vessels participated in the rescue mission along the coast of the province of Trincomale, eventually coordinating with a team of Navy Divers to help guide the elephants back to shore. Neither of the animals were harmed in the rescue mission, according to an official statement from the Sri Lanka navy. The jumbos…

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Robot finds likely melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Fukushima reactor

July 24, 2017

TOKYO –  Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 3 feet on the bottom inside of a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of…

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Man, 20, dies after east London police pursuit – BBC News

July 23, 2017

The film, recorded by a security camera, shows a young man entering a shop pursued by a uniformed police officer. In the footage, there is a struggle on the floor, and the man appears to put his hand to his mouth. Another man in plain clothes is seen helping the officer. The man they are trying to arrest is seen handcuffed with his hands behind his back. Scotland Yard said…

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Rugby ref Nigel Owens reveals ongoing bulimia battle – BBC News

July 23, 2017

I took an overdose, laid down on a Welsh mountainside and waited to die. Doctors later told me I was just 20 minutes from death when I was airlifted to hospital by a police helicopter. So I got a second chance. I was determined not to waste it and using my experience to help someone else is a pretty good way of ensuring that. Which brings me onto another “first”;…

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Female stars call on BBC ‘to sort gender pay gap now’ – BBC News

July 23, 2017

How much do BBC stars earn? What else did we learn? What will the industry make of star pay? Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between 450,000 and 500,000 last year, while the One Show’s Alex Jones was second, earning between 400,000 and 450,000. Discrimination Signatories to the letter also include BBC Sport’s Sue Barker, Today programme journalists Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague, presenter Fiona Bruce and the…

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‘Simpsons’ Creator Matt Groening Leads Comic-Con Crowd In Anti-Trump Cheer

July 23, 2017

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening made no secret of his feelings about Donald Trump at a Comic-Con panel on Saturday. He led the crowd of hundreds of fans in a rousing chant:Lock Him Up! not racist, but No. 1 with racists. Then Bill OReilly called us pinheads and look what happened, Groening said. That may be what inspired Groening to lead the crowd in a loud enthusiastic lock him up…

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90 hospitalized during Chance the Rapper concert

July 23, 2017

(CNN)More than 90 people were hospitalized in Connecticut during a concert headlined by musician Chance the Rapper, authorities said. He described it as a “busy night, saying most patients were underage concertgoers who suffered severe alcohol intoxication.

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Budget boss Mulvaney claims Obama had ‘secret list’ of proposed regulations

July 23, 2017

At a news briefing this week, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney continued to push the Trump administrations goal of cutting back on Obama-era regulations. On Thursday, Mulvaney unveiled a secret list of proposed federal rules that he said the Obama administration had been hoping to implement. They had a bunch of things that they wanted to regulate. And what were hearing is that they just didnt want to tell…

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Southern strike union RMT in ‘full and frank’ government talks – BBC News

July 22, 2017

Mr Grayling, who had a meeting with the train drivers’ union Aslef on Thursday, added that he hoped the discussion would pave the way for the reopening of talks between the RMT and Southern “so we can sort out this situation and get services back to normal”. Further talks Strikes next month by both unions were suspended after they were contacted by Mr Grayling inviting them to talks. The RMT…

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‘Why my brain injury gets me arrested’ – BBC News

July 22, 2017

He had been in Cyprus for just seven weeks. Image copyright Headway “There’s no time or place to my memories. My brain and memory are like a brick wall where you throw bits of mud at it – some of it sticks, some slide off and other ones bounce off.” Other symptoms of his brain injury have got him into trouble with the law as he can appear drunk and…

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