• Iran's poking at West heightens risks of military missteps
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    Associated Press

    Iran's poking at West heightens risks of military missteps

    Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to heighten the risk of missteps and miscalculation that could lead to an armed conflict with global consequences. The tensions picked up Friday with Iran reporting it had seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf , one day after the U.S. said it destroyed an Iranian drone that had flown within threatening range of an American warship in the Strait of Hormuz. In June the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy drone in the same area, prompting President Donald Trump to authorize a military strike on Iran, only to call it off at the last moment .

  • 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.

  • Black Georgia Lawmaker Alleges White Man Told Her to 'Go Back Where You Came From' in Grocery Store Confrontation
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    Time

    Black Georgia Lawmaker Alleges White Man Told Her to 'Go Back Where You Came From' in Grocery Store Confrontation

    A black lawmaker in Georgia says a white man verbally harassed her and told her to “go back where you came from” during a confrontation at a Publix grocery store on Friday. Erica Thomas, a Democrat and Georgia state representative, alleges that the man cursed at her and called her “ignorant” and “lazy” because she was checking out in an express lane with more than 10 items. Thomas' young daughter was present at the time.

  • Drug bosses joked about US opioid crisis that led to lives being needlessly lost, leaked emails show
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    The Independent

    Drug bosses joked about US opioid crisis that led to lives being needlessly lost, leaked emails show

    As the opioid epidemic was raging in America, in May 2008 a representative of the nation's largest manufacturer of opioid pain pills sent an email to a client at a wholesale drug distributor in Ohio. Victor Borelli, a national account manager for Mallinckrodt, told Steve Cochrane, the vice-president of sales for KeySource Medical, to check his inventories and “[i]f you are low, order more. If you are okay, order a little more, Capesce?

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    The National Interest

    Alleged American ISIS Sniper Brought Home by the Defense Department to Face Charges

    An American citizen who allegedly served as a sniper for ISIS and became a leader for the terrorist group is expected to appear in federal court on Friday after being returned to the United States by the Defense Department, officials said. Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, who was born in Kazakhstan and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, is charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, the Justice Department announced on Friday. A U.S. official confirmed to Task & Purpose that the Defense Department had transported Asainov from Syria to the United States.

  • U.S. says Venezuelan plane aggressively shadowed a U.S. military aircraft
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    Reuters

    U.S. says Venezuelan plane aggressively shadowed a U.S. military aircraft

    The U.S. military on Sunday accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of "aggressively" shadowing a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II plane over international airspace, a fresh sign of growing hostility between the two countries. The encounter between the two planes occurred on Friday, the same day that the Trump administration announced it was imposing sanctions on four top officials in Venezuela's military counterintelligence agency. In a statement issued Sunday, the U.S. military said that it had determined the "Russian-made fighter aggressively shadowed the EP-3 at an unsafe distance in international airspace for a prolonged period of time, endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing the EP-3 ...

  • Iraq Kurds arrest two suspects in killing of Turkish vice consul
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    AFP

    Iraq Kurds arrest two suspects in killing of Turkish vice consul

    Iraqi Kurdish authorities announced Saturday they had arrested two suspects involved in the murder of three people, including a Turkish diplomat, in the regional capital Arbil this week. The autonomous region's security council first said its counterterrorism unit had arrested "the main perpetrator" Mazloum Dag, a 27-year-old from Turkey's Diyarbakir region. The council had put out a wanted notice for Dag a day earlier in connection to Wednesday's killing of Turkish Vice Consul Osman Kose and two Iraqi nationals.

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

  • Vigilante Armies Are Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels, but Whose Side Are They Really on?
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    The Daily Beast

    Vigilante Armies Are Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels, but Whose Side Are They Really on?

    The men in the trucks are members of the United Front of Community Police of Guerrero State, better known by its Spanish acronym of FUPCEG. Tonight FUPCEG's shock troops are on their way to assault the nearby town of El Naranjo, which is currently held by the forces of an organized crime group called the Cartel del Sur. “We fight to free communities that have been isolated by the criminals,” says a squad leader who asks to be identified only as “El Burro” in an interview with The Daily Beast.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Reuters

    Panama to withdraw 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. Iran has said it towed a vessel into its waters from the strait after the ship issued a distress call.

  • Meet the woman who ties Jeffrey Epstein to Trump and the Clintons
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    Politico

    Meet the woman who ties Jeffrey Epstein to Trump and the Clintons

    Her family knew Trump before Epstein arrived on the scene, and she continued to socialize with Chelsea Clinton after Epstein was jailed on sex offenses. Maxwell first grew close with the Clintons after Bill Clinton left office, vacationing on a yacht with Chelsea Clinton in 2009, attending her wedding in 2010, and participating in the Clinton Global Initiative as recently as 2013, years after her name first emerged in accounts of Epstein's alleged sexual abuse. Ghislaine was the contact between Epstein and Clinton,” a person familiar with the relationship said.

  • 10 Surprising Moon Facts! (That Were Totally Wrong)
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    Popular Mechanics

    10 Surprising Moon Facts! (That Were Totally Wrong)

    There are plenty of conspiracy theories, recent discoveries, and just plain old misconceptions about the moon. From Popular Mechanics

  • Good News for Trump and GOP: RNC Stomped DNC In June Fundraising
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    The National Interest

    Good News for Trump and GOP: RNC Stomped DNC In June Fundraising

    Chuck Ross Politics, Problems ahead? The Democratic National Committee raised $8.5 million in June and has $9.3 million in the bank, according to campaign finance records released Friday. Both figures are far behind what the Republican National Committee said it has raised.

  • Asian markets sink as traders consider Fed rate cut
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    AFP

    Asian markets sink as traders consider Fed rate cut

    Asian markets were in retreat Monday on dimming hopes for a deep interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, but all the firms on a new tech-focused board in China rallied on its opening day. Oil prices extended last week's gains after Iran seized a British tanker in the Gulf, fuelling fresh concerns about supplies and a possible conflict in the tinderbox Middle East. Traders took a step back after last week's gains as the New York Federal Reserve tempered comments from its president, John Williams, who had suggested the central bank would cut borrowing costs by 50 basis points at its policy meeting this month.

  • With 46K blacked out, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rips Con Edison: 'They should have been better prepared'
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    USA TODAY

    With 46K blacked out, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rips Con Edison: 'They should have been better prepared'

    "We've been through this situation w ConEd time & again & they should have been better prepared—period," Cuomo tweeted. About 46,000 New York City customers were blacked out as of 9 p.m. EDT because of continued heat and high usage, just one week after a transformer fire turned off the lights for nearly 75,000 people. Cuomo urged residents to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, who are at increased risk of heat-related illnesses.

  • The Return of the Godfather: The Old Mafia Is New Again
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    The Daily Beast

    The Return of the Godfather: The Old Mafia Is New Again

    Central command for the joint operation sent officers to the Dominican Republic and redoubled their surveillance in New York and Sicily, launching the investigation dubbed “New Connection” that netted 19 men in raids of both crime syndicates this week in Palermo, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey. Among those arrested in Italy was Thomas Gambino who happened to be back in Sicily for a “family vacation. The police used WhatsApp, the encrypted international messaging service, to launch the raids.

  • 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.

  • New German defence chief pledges to speed up race to Nato 2pc spending target
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    The Telegraph

    New German defence chief pledges to speed up race to Nato 2pc spending target

    Germany's new defence minister has picked an early fight inside the country's troubled coalition, pledging to beef up military spending against the will of junior partners the Social Democrats. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will make it a priority to allocate a budget equivalent to 2 percent of the German economy to the Bundeswehr, the 56-year-old told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper in an interview published on Sunday. The woman known as “mini-Merkel” due to her loyalty to the Chancellor, took over as leader of the Christian Democrats from Angela Merkel at the end of 2018 and is set to take a run at the Chancellery in 2021 at the latest.

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    Reuters

    UPDATE 1-Saudi minister says Iran's actions are unacceptable

    Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs on Sunday condemned Iran's seizure of a British flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and urged the international community to take action to deter such "unacceptable" behaviour. "Any attack on the freedom of navigation is a violation of international law," Adel Aljubeir said in a Twitter post. "Iran must realise its acts of intercepting ships, including most recently the British ship, are completely unacceptable.

  • Trump Says ‘NASA’s Back’ Thanks to ‘Rich Guys’ Paying U.S. Rent
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    Bloomberg

    Trump Says ‘NASA’s Back’ Thanks to ‘Rich Guys’ Paying U.S. Rent

    President Donald Trump pledged to re-establish U.S. dominance in space, a day after he welcomed the surviving Apollo 11 astronauts to the White House to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Sustained exploration that extends from our Earth to the Moon and on to the Martian surface will usher in a new era of American ingenuity,” Trump said in a message on Saturday, which he declared Space Exploration Day. Trump on Friday invited retired astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, and the family of Neil Armstrong -- the first man to walk on the moon -- to the White House to mark the space milestone.

  • More F-35s Are Headed to This NATO Member
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    The National Interest

    More F-35s Are Headed to This NATO Member

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force soon will buy another eight or nine F-35 stealth fighters, defense minister Ank Bijleveld said in a July 2019 interview. The additional F-35s will help the Dutch air force to reequip an additional front-line fighter squadron. The decision partially restores deep cuts to the Dutch fighter fleet that began at the end of the Cold War and continued through the 2008 global financial crisis.

  • Will Taiwan Get the New F-16V Fighters It Desperately Wants?
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    The National Interest

    Will Taiwan Get the New F-16V Fighters It Desperately Wants?

    Sebastien Roblin Security, And how mad will China get? On July 8, the U.S. State Department announced it would approve a $2.2 billion arms deal with Taiwan including 108 Abrams main battle tanks and 250 Stinger man-portable surface-to-air missiles—a deal which elicited new sanctions from Beijing on the companies involved. But the announcement was more notable for what the approval didn't include—a nearly done-deal for sixty-six F-16V jet fighters built fresh off the F-16 production line in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Libya halts loading at key oil terminal as pipeline closed
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    AFP

    Libya halts loading at key oil terminal as pipeline closed

    Libya's National Oil Company said it had stopped loading crude at a key government-controlled shipping terminal, declaring "force majeure" after a pipeline closure halted operations at its main oil field. The NOC "hereby declares a state of force majeure on crude oil loadings at Zawiya port," it said in a statement on its website late Saturday. "This is the result of an unlawful Sharara pipeline valve closure by an unidentified group between Hamada and the Zawiya port (on Friday evening), resulting in production being suspended," it said.