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  • Putin is winning the new cold war: Dicker
    Putin is winning the new cold war: Dicker

    Forget hiding under your desks. The next cold war is here but it’s not about weapons, but resources says Dan Dicker, President of MercBlock.

  • Palestinian MP to challenge Israel deportation order
    Palestinian MP to challenge Israel deportation order

    A Palestinian lawmaker said on Thursday she would challenge a deportation order from the Israeli military authorities who have ordered her out of Ramallah. Khalida Jarrar, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said Israeli soldiers stormed her home at dawn Wednesday with the deportation order, saying she must leave Ramallah for Jericho, also on the West Bank. It is my right to stay in my place of residence," she said at a protest tent outside the Ramallah headquarters of the Palestinian parliament. The deportation order says she must stay in Jericho for six months, she said.

  • Vacationer-in-chief? How Obama’s R&R stacks up to other presidents
    Vacationer-in-chief? How Obama’s R&R stacks up to other presidents

    Veteran White House reporter Larry Knutson’s new book on the history of presidential relaxation

  • Apple is going to extreme lengths to make sure your iPhone 6 is just perfect
    Apple is going to extreme lengths to make sure your iPhone 6 is just perfect

    How much does Apple want to make sure the iPhone 6 is the best it can be? So much that it’s willing to make a last minute change just weeks before its launch that has apparently left its supply chain partners “scrambling.” According to a new report from Reuters, Apple this month sent a key iPhone 6 component “back to the drawing board” for a redesign after the company found that it didn’t make the device’s display bright enough to meet its exacting standards. “Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July,” Reuters explains.

  • China warplane in 'dangerous' intercept with US jet: Pentagon
    China warplane in 'dangerous' intercept with US jet: Pentagon

    A Chinese fighter jet flew perilously close to a US military aircraft this week in a "very dangerous" incident in international air space east of Hainan Island, the Pentagon said Friday. The episode raised tensions and underlined the growing rivalry between the United States and China, with Beijing building up its military and asserting its territorial claims across the Pacific. "On August 19, an armed Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft that was on a routine mission," spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference. The close call occurred about 135 miles (220 kilometers) east of China's Hainan, he said.

  • Doctors save patient with 20-pound tumor
    Doctors save patient with 20-pound tumor

    The man did not even realize he had the tumor until he happened to get an X-ray after a fall

  • COUSIN'S TAG-ALONG KIDS PUSH THE LIMIT OF BRIDE'S GUEST LIST

    DEAR ABBY: I am being married later this year, and I'm planning my guest list. My cousin "Emily" has five young children who I'm making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she's starting to book her plane reservations. Emily just announced that she's being remarried and her fiance has three children he shares joint custody of. Am I obligated to invite three children I have never met? This is causing a lot of grief between me and my fiance because Emily assumes that they are all welcome. Please advise. -- D.C. IN NYC DEAR D.C.: Call Cousin Emily. ...

  • Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting
    Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

    By Raheem Salman and Alexander Dziadosz BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue official in Diyala province north of Baghdad said 68 people had been killed in the sectarian attack staged on the Muslim day of prayer. Attacks on mosques are acutely sensitive and have in the past unleashed a deadly series of revenge killings and counter attacks in Iraq, where violence has returned to the levels of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war.

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