• How Trump caught his entire staff off guard with tirade of racist tweets
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    The Independent

    How Trump caught his entire staff off guard with tirade of racist tweets

    President Donald Trump's own top aides didn't think he fully understood what he had done last Sunday, when he fired off a trio of racist tweets before a trip to his golf course. After he returned to the White House, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway felt compelled to tell him why the missives were leading newscasts around the country, upsetting allies and enraging opponents. Trump defended himself.

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    Reuters

    UPDATE 1-Panama says withdrawing flag from tanker towed to Iran, cites violations

    Panama's maritime authority said on Saturday it had begun the process of withdrawing the registration of an oil tanker called MT Riah, which was towed to Iran after it disappeared from ship tracking maps in the Strait of Hormuz on July 14. Panama began the flag withdrawal process on Friday after an investigation determined the tanker had "deliberately violated international regulations" by not reporting any unusual situation, the authority said in a statement. Panama, which has the largest shipping fleet in the world, has recently withdrawn flags from dozens of vessels, some of which were operated by Iran.

  • Lawmaker describes 'unacceptable' border detention conditions, meets with US citizen in Border Patrol custody
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    USA TODAY

    Lawmaker describes 'unacceptable' border detention conditions, meets with US citizen in Border Patrol custody

    WASHINGTON – A U.S. lawmaker described 'unacceptable' border detention facilities while meeting with a U.S. citizen who was in Customs and Border Patrol custody for hours on Friday. Rep. Nannette Barragán, D-Calif. had been on a congressional tour of facilities on the southern U.S. border when the delegation stopped at the Ursula Detention Center, a Border Patrol processing and detention center near McAllen, Texas.

  • 90% of Border Crossers Aren’t Referred for Asylum Interviews
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    The National Interest

    90% of Border Crossers Aren’t Referred for Asylum Interviews

    The government is implementing a new proposal that would ban asylum for immigrants coming to the United States through Mexico. It pins the uptick in border crossers on the asylum process, but the government's statistics reveal that 90 percent of crossers in 2019 were not referred for an asylum interview at the border, and the highest share ever referred was just 19 percent in 2018. Figure 1 compares the rate at which undocumented immigrants at the southwest border were referred for asylum interviews at the border—called credible fear interviews—for each year from 2010 and 2019 as well as March 2019—the most recent month available.

  • Booker Says He Could Confront Biden on Race at Detroit Debate
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    Bloomberg

    Booker Says He Could Confront Biden on Race at Detroit Debate

    Booker, a New Jersey senator, said it would be “fair” to bring up the 1994 crime bill, which Biden supported in the Senate and has called the “Biden crime bill.” Booker said the measure put “mass incarceration on steroids” for African Americans. “Yeah, it is fair,” Booker said on CBS News's “Face the Nation,” when asked by host Margaret Brennan whether he would be more aggressive on race at the forums in Detroit on July 30-31.

  • Amid Dangerous Heat Wave, Hundreds of Thousands of Michigan Homes Are Without Power After Severe Storms
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    Time

    Amid Dangerous Heat Wave, Hundreds of Thousands of Michigan Homes Are Without Power After Severe Storms

    Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Michigan are without power as much of the nation grapples with a severe heat wave. After two storms swept through the state on Friday and Saturday, Detroit-based energy company DTE announced 390,000 of its energy customers had lost electricity as of Sunday afternoon. Overall, we expect to restore 150,000 customers today and another 150,000 tomorrow, which means we will have 80% of our customers restored by the end of the day on Monday,” the company said in an emergency outage section of its website.

  • Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says
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    Associated Press

    Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says

    A genetics expert retained by the family of a girl who went missing in 1983 said Saturday that a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery holds thousands of bones that appear to be from dozens of individuals, both "adult and non-adult." The expert, Giorgio Portera, said the "enormous" size of the collection under the Teutonic College was revealed when Vatican-appointed experts began cataloguing the remains, which were discovered last week . "We didn't expect such an enormous number" of bones and other remains which "had been thrown into a cavity," Portera said.

  • 2020 Candidates Delayed Paying Staff to Look Richer on Paper
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    The Daily Beast

    2020 Candidates Delayed Paying Staff to Look Richer on Paper

    For months, Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-MN) presidential campaign made regular payments to its staff and vendors, with varying daily expenditures that never exceeded $335,000. By putting off the payments until then, Klobuchar was able to put the best possible spin on her presidential campaign's financial position during the previous three months. A Daily Beast review of campaign finance records indicates that the delayed-expenses strategy has continued through the just completed cycle, and has involved payments to campaign staffers as well.

  • Over 20,000 rally in Moscow as election anger boils over
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    AFP

    Over 20,000 rally in Moscow as election anger boils over

    More than 22,000 people packed a Moscow square Saturday to demand free and fair local polls, incensed by the authorities' refusal to put popular opposition candidates on the ballot. Staging their largest protest in years, opposition leaders such as President Vladimir Putin's top opponent Alexei Navalny and ordinary Muscovites rallied after authorities refused to register independent candidates seeking to contest the September vote for the capital's parliament. "This is my city!" the crowd chanted during the two-hour-long sanctioned rally.

  • Democratic senators head to the border
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    FOX News Videos

    Democratic senators head to the border

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer bashes the president and Republicans, saying they're the ones refusing to come to the table on immigration.

  • Turkey will launch operation in Syria if safe zone not established: minister
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    Reuters

    Turkey will launch operation in Syria if safe zone not established: minister

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that if a planned safe zone in northern Syria is not established, and if threats continue against Turkey, Ankara will launch a military operation east of the Euphrates river. Turkey has been in talks with the United States over the establishment of a safe zone across its border in northeast Syria, where the United States supports the Kurdish YPG militia. Ankara sees the YPG as a terrorist organization.

  • Universal Orlando reopens after police respond to report of a gunman in parking garage
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    USA TODAY

    Universal Orlando reopens after police respond to report of a gunman in parking garage

    Universal Orlando went under lockdown Saturday night after police received a report of a gunman spotted in a parking garage. Police arrived shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time and, along with Universal security staff, temporarily shut down both of Universal's parking garages to guests while they assessed the area. It was later deemed safe and park activity returned to normal.

  • U.S. Army Invests In Studying ‘Hyperfit’ Women Who Pass Its Hardest Tests
    Health
    The National Interest

    U.S. Army Invests In Studying ‘Hyperfit’ Women Who Pass Its Hardest Tests

    Evie Fordham Security, “This is a unique historical time,” research physiologist Julie Hughes, who is assisting with the study at the base in Natick, Massachusetts, told The Associated Press. There's this group of women who made it through the training so we want to get them to at least do these observational investigations to explore what makes them unique. The U.S. Army is investing in studying the “hyperfit” women who pass some of the military's most grueling tests.

  • Millions of Barrels of Iranian Oil Are Piled Up in China’s Ports
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    Bloomberg

    Millions of Barrels of Iranian Oil Are Piled Up in China’s Ports

    Two and a half months after the White House banned the purchase of Iran's oil, the nation's crude is continuing to be sent to China where it's being put into what's known as “bonded storage,” say people familiar with operations at several Chinese ports. The store of oil has the potential to push down global prices if Chinese refiners decide to draw on it, even as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies curb production as growth slows in major economies.

  • Trump has not built single mile of new border wall since taking office
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    The Independent

    Trump has not built single mile of new border wall since taking office

    It was the controversial campaign promise that Donald Trump built his 2016 electoral success on: to build what he called a “big beautiful wall” on the US border with Mexico. Now, it has emerged that not a single new stretch of border wall has been built since Mr Trump took office in January 2017. A statement released by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency confirmed the 51 miles of fencing completed since Mr Trump took power has simply replaced barriers that already existed.

  • Funeral service held for 86 Muslims killed by Serbs
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    Associated Press

    Funeral service held for 86 Muslims killed by Serbs

    PRIJEDOR, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Several thousand people attended a funeral service in Bosnia on Saturday for 86 Muslims who were slain by Serbs in one of the worst atrocities of the country's 1992-95 war. Relatives of the victims, religious leaders and others gathered at a soccer stadium near the eastern town of Prijedor, standing solemnly behind lines of coffins draped with green cloths. The Serbs later threw bombs onto the bodies, which made identifying the victims difficult.

  • France braces for second heatwave amid fears of pollution spike
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    The Telegraph

    France braces for second heatwave amid fears of pollution spike

    As France braces for its second heatwave this summer, with air pollution expected to spike again, Marseille has imposed speed limits on ships entering its port in an effort to curb emissions. Cruise liners cause more nitrogen dioxide pollution in the Mediterranean city than cars, according to a recent survey by a government-approved air quality monitoring organisation. Marseille has lowered the speed limit for ships entering its port from 10 to 8 knots.

  • Warren pulls closer to Sanders in progressive straw poll
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    Politico

    Warren pulls closer to Sanders in progressive straw poll

    Elizabeth Warren has cut sharply into Bernie Sanders' front-runner standing among members of the progressive political action committee Democracy for America, according to the group's latest straw poll, while Kamala Harris vaulted ahead of Joe Biden into third place. Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Ind., mayor who was previously running third among the group's progressive activists, plunged to sixth place at about 4 percent in the poll, which was released Monday and obtained first by POLITICO. No candidate other than Sanders, Warren and Harris broke single digits in the survey.

  • Oil spikes on Iran tensions, Libya woes
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    AFP

    Oil spikes on Iran tensions, Libya woes

    Oil prices have surged on Monday once again propelled by developments in the Middle East -- with news of Iran's seizure of a British vessel and Libya shutting down its largest oil field, remarked Mihir Kapadia, head of Sun Global Investments. "Geopolitical concerns have pushed the markets higher after weeks of worries regarding slowing global growth." In late morning deals, London Brent oil leapt 2.1 percent and New York crude rallied 1.6 percent.

  • Compton boy loses arm after neighbor hands him firework on 10th birthday
    Celebrity
    WLS – Chicago

    Compton boy loses arm after neighbor hands him firework on 10th birthday

    A man is in custody after handing his young neighbor a firework that blew up, causing the boy to lose his arm on his 10th birthday.

  • Huawei secretly helped North Korea build, maintain wireless network: Washington Post
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    Reuters

    Huawei secretly helped North Korea build, maintain wireless network: Washington Post

    Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the Chinese company put on a U.S. black list because of national security concerns, secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing sources and internal documents. The Chinese telecommunications giant partnered with a state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology Co Ltd., on a number of projects in North Korea over at least eight years, the Post reported. Such a move would raise questions of whether Huawei, which has used U.S. technology in its components, violated American export controls to furnish North Korea with equipment, according to the Post.

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    USA TODAY

    5 family members on vacation killed in 3-vehicle crash that injured 7

    The passengers are all related and were traveling south for vacation, San Miguel added. San Miguel said a semi pulling a flatbed trailer was traveling northbound on the highway before it was hit from behind the left rear by a 2016 Ford van. The Ford van then went over the grassy median before hitting a 2015 Ford F-250 pickup that was traveling southbound head on.

  • Why Pakistan Should End Its Alliance with China
    World
    The National Interest

    Why Pakistan Should End Its Alliance with China

    Pakistan has made several major grand strategic mistakes since its creation in 1947, including the attack on India in 1971, which led to Pakistan's dismemberment. This is the high cost of its alliance with China. Due to the poverty in its long-term, strategic planning, Islamabad's conception that the Sino-Pakistani alliance is key to Pakistani security introduces dependence on Beijing and creates the avenue for Beijing's exploitation and manipulation of it—with the result that Pakistan finds itself less secure and alone in the world.

  • 'Let me guess, you want to nuke them all': Trump constantly baiting John Bolton in front of officials, report says
    Politics
    The Independent

    'Let me guess, you want to nuke them all': Trump constantly baiting John Bolton in front of officials, report says

    Donald Trump likes to goad his national security adviser John Bolton about his lust for military action, according to officials who have spoken out on their relationship. As Iran claims to have captured spies working for the US and accuses Mr Bolton of trying to start “war of the century”, new details have emerged of the president's fondness for baiting his adviser in the company of top officials – including foreign dignitaries. Quoting unnamed senior administration officials, the account claimed the president recently joked that “John has never seen a war he doesn't like”, repeating sentiments made in public.

  • South Korea detains 6 for illegally entering Japan consulate
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    Associated Press

    South Korea detains 6 for illegally entering Japan consulate

    South Korean police on Monday detained six people for allegedly illegally entering a Japanese diplomatic facility in South Korea and staging an anti-Tokyo demonstration there. The incident came amid growing anti-Japanese sentiments in South Korea as the two countries are locked in trade and political disputes. The six men and women were given temporary passes to enter the Japanese consulate in the southeastern city of Busan earlier Monday after they told staff there they would visit a library inside the building, according to Busan police officers.