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A New Battle for Guadalcanal, This Time With China

World News (NY Times) - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 7:59am
The Solomon Islands, a linchpin in the Australian-American alliance, has become the stage for a new strategic competition with China.

Homophobia, misogyny and Islamophobia: How the right’s new darling is tossing red meat hatred to Trump’s base

The Raw Story - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 7:56am

This Saturday, pro-gun control MAGA hordes will gather at the Orange County Second Amendment (OC2A) rally in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Among the speakers will be the newest darling of the right—recently granted fawning coverage by outlets such as Breitbart, Twitchy, Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Ca...

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Trump demands suspensions for NFL players who kneel during anthem

The Raw Story - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 7:34am

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that National Football League (NFL) players who do not stand for the national anthem should be suspended for the season without pay. The comments come a day after the NFL and the union representing its players said they were working on a resolution to the l...

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Margaret Thatcher and Her Teddy Bears: Inside the Private Files

World News (NY Times) - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 7:26am
Private documents, mostly from 1988, published online revealed some lesser-known aspects of the life and times of the British prime minister.

Iran supreme leader says ‘obvious mistake’ to negotiate with US

The Raw Story - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 7:25am

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday it would be an “obvious mistake” to negotiate with the United States as Washington was unreliable. “The word and even the signature of the Americans cannot be relied upon, so negotiations with America are of no avail,” Khamenei said in a...

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Trump launches bitter Twitter assault on lawyer Michael Cohen for ‘illegal’ recording of incriminating conversations

The Raw Story - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 7:22am

President Donald Trump kicked off his Saturday morning by launching an attack on his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for recording conversations the attorney had with the president — and that are now in the FBI’s hands. Without naming Cohen, Trump bitterly complained, “Incon...

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Syria's war: Evacuation of rebels from Quneitra begins

Al Jazeera - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 7:08am
Evacuation comes as UN calls for safe passage for estimated 140,000 civilians displaced by fighting in southwest Syria.

Ethiopian parliament approves amnesty for political prisoners

Al Jazeera - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 7:08am
New law makes it possible to grant amnesty for crimes against the constitution and involvement in armed struggle.

Anger mounts in Iraq as protests spread to the capital Baghdad

Al Jazeera - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 6:26am
Popular unrest has spread from the south to the country's capital.

Eritrea Names First Ambassador to Ethiopia in Two Decades

World News (NY Times) - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 6:21am
The appointment of Semere Russom, a former envoy to the U.S., to the post in Addis Ababa was another sign of the rapid rapprochement.

Ciudad Tecún Umán Dispatch: Rafting Across a Mexico River to Make a Living, and Remake a Life

World News (NY Times) - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 4:00am
The porousness of the Guatemala-Mexico border is most evident at a river crossing, where smugglers, migrants and raftsmen shuttle back and forth all day long.

In Duterte’s Philippines, Having a Beer Can Now Land You in Jail

World News (NY Times) - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 3:25am
More than 50,000 Filipinos have been locked up for offenses as trivial as drinking in public or being outdoors without a shirt.

With Brexit Deadlocked, Britain Stares Over a Cliff

World News (NY Times) - Sat, 21 Jul 2018 - 2:00am
Another week of infighting has left Theresa May besieged, her E.U. withdrawal plan on life support. No one seems to know what happens next.
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