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Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump’s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” transgender military service members.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two defendants were given lengthy federal prison sentences Wednesday in separate, back-to-back horrific crimes of violence against children last year that rattled residents of a Montana American Indian reservation and prompted tribal leaders to blame rampant drug use.
LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia must clarify whether they have imposed movement restrictions on former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, saying the kingdom should end all arbitrary travel bans and detentions of Saudi citizens. Saudi officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the HRW statement. Reuters reported last week that the former crown prince has been under house arrest since his overthrow in favor of the king's favorite son, Mohammed bin Salman, in June. Saudi authorities have denied the story. ...
Dear internet — please welcome your newest First Dog. South Korea's president Moon Jae-in has officially adopted Tory, the shelter dog he promised to take in during his presidential campaign. On Wednesday, he welcomed the little pooch into the country's presidential mansion: SEE ALSO: Friendly island doggo followed a street view mapper and photobombed all his shots Tory, a four-year-old black mixed breed dog, was introduced to the Blue House alongside Moon's other two pets — Maroo, a dog; and Jjing-jjing, a cat. Meet President Moon Jae-in's newly adopted dog Tory, who was earlier rescued from an abusive owner and given refuge in a shelter. #dogs pic.twitter.com/DNb4U5w1AO — LIM Yun Suk (@yunsukCNA) July 26, 2017 "As a society, we need to pay more attention to abandoned animals and care for them," the president said at a ceremony to officially welcome Tory to the Blue House. As many as 300,000 animals had been abandoned in the country, he added. A post shared by Sung Eun (@k.jung.won) on Jul 26, 2017 at 7:59pm PDT Administration officials had previously confirmed that they would bring Tory to the Blue House in May when the adoption process was complete. Tory had been seen as unpopular with adopters, because of a stigma surrounding black dogs in Korea. "Tory had to wait for two years to be adopted while his lighter-furred friends easily found new homes," Park Soyoun, the president of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), a Seoul-based shelter, told Reuters. A post shared by 뼛속까지 친노친문 (@leekyeongcheol) on Jul 26, 2017 at 3:45am PDT Tory had been kept on a meter-long (3.2 ft) leash in an abandoned farmhouse and fed scraps before he was rescued in 2015. Tory, when he was first found in 2015Image: CARE/NaverThe dog was first thrust into the public spotlight when three animal groups — including CARE — started a nationwide campaign calling on presidential candidates to adopt a dog from their shelters after they were elected. A postcard depicting Tory, which was offered as a part of a crowdfunding reward.Image: Nam Jong-Young/DaumSoon after the campaign was launched, Moon promised to adopt Tory if he was elected. The president — an animal-friendly candidate who pledged to build more playgrounds for pets, as well as feeding facilities for stray cats — said then that "both humans and animals have the right to be free from prejudice and discrimination." WATCH: These adorable Great Danes make pool time look like heaven
Controversy over a new cross-border rail link which will see mainland laws enforced in a Hong Kong train station escalated Thursday after the justice chief likened China to the city's "landlord". It comes at a time when fears are worsening that Hong Kong's freedoms are under threat from an increasingly assertive Beijing. The high-speed rail line between Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, 80 miles away, is due to open in 2018.
More than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem. Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires. “The intensity of the wind is diabolical,” said Jaime Marta Soares, saying new fires keep popping up away from the main fires. (Reuters)
In a ruling which could have far-reaching consequences for how the European Union deals with migrants in future, the European Court of Justice on Wednesday upheld the right of member states to deport asylum-seekers to the first EU country they enter. The ruling amounted to an effective rejection of Angela Merkel’s controversial “open-door” refugee policy, which saw more than one million asylum-seekers flood into Germany. The court ruled that the EU’s Dublin regulations, under which refugees must seek asylum in the first member state they enter, still apply despite the unprecedented influx of 2015. In doing so, the court ignored the advice of Eleanor Sharpston, its British advocate-general, who warned that the system could leave border states “unable to cope”. The court ruled on the cases of two Afghan sisters and a Syrian man who entered the EU during the 2015 crisis. The Jafari sisters, Khadija and Zainab, entered the EU through Croatia after fleeing Afghanistan with their children. At the time, Mrs Merkel had opened Germany’s borders to migrants and Austria was operating a similar policy. Croatia allowed the sisters and their children to cross its territory in order to reach one of the two countries. Peter Foster talks about Merkel's migrant crisis one year on 01:52 They claimed asylum in Austria, but the Austrian government later reversed its position and returned the families to Croatia, ordering them to seek asylum there. The sisters challenged the decision, arguing they should be given asylum in Austria as they had been allowed to cross Croatia and had not entered its territory illegally. In a second case, an unnamed Syrian man challenged his deportation from Slovenia to Croatia under similar circumstances. The court rejected the challenges, ruling that the fact Croatia had allowed the migrants to cross its territory did not mean the Dublin rules had been waived. The ruling will be welcomed in central European countries like Austria and Slovenia, where there is considerable political resistance to letting in more migrants. But it will cause concern in the countries where most migrants first enter the EU, Italy and Greece, which complain the system leaves them to shoulder too much of the burden. FAQ | Dublin Regulation The court’s decision was unexpected, after the judges took the unusual step of ignoring the advice of the advocate-general. In a written opinion issued last month, Ms Sharpston warned that the Dublin system “was simply not designed to cover such exceptional circumstances”. “If border member states, such as Croatia, are deemed to be responsible for accepting and processing exceptionally high numbers of asylum-seekers, there is a real risk that they will simply be unable to cope with the situation,” she wrote. While the ruling will be seen as a victory by many in central Europe, Hungary and Slovakia suffered a setback in a separate case over EU quotas for sharing asylum-seekers between member states. In an opinion presented to the court, Yves Bot, another advocate-general, said the court should reject a bid by the two countries to have the quota system overturned.
By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother's alleged sexual assault of another girl. The Supreme Court also requested a report on the case, which echoed a notorious case from 2002 in which another teenager was gang-raped on a local council's order. "A total of 29 people were involved in this ghastly crime, and we have 25 of them in our custody," Multan City Police Officer Ahsan Younus told Reuters by telephone on Thursday.
A deadly accident in which a ride at the Ohio State Fair broke apart mid-air was a "nightmare," officials said Thursday, as they sought help from experts around the country to help determine the cause. Investigators were unable to provide much, if any, information on what caused a section of the Fire Ball ride -- a pendulum swing with rows of seats attached by spokes -- to fracture mid-air on Wednesday evening. "I can't tell you with a matter of certainty how many days or weeks this will take," said Paul Pride, chief of the Ohio Highway Patrol which is carrying out the investigation.
Samsung appears to have some concerns about the impact Apple's new iPhone 8 might have on its bottom line. Although Samsung anticipates a heavy third quarter for smartphone purchases, the company cited unidentified competitors as potential problems for its business. “In the second half, demand for smartphones and tablets is forecast to increase as the market enters a period of strong seasonality,” Samsung said in a statement obtained by BGR.
Donald Trump's new communications director has denied publicly asking the FBI to investigate his chief of staff on Twitter. Anthony Scaramucci deleted a tweet that was interpreted as calling for the FBI to investigate Reince Priebus for leaking. Mr Scaramucci had tweeted: "In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony.
Britain and Australia urged China on Thursday to do more to persuade North Korea to drop its nuclear and missile programmes. Earlier this month North Korea, which has warned Australia could be the target of a strike, said it had conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which experts say could reach Alaska. The United States and other countries have indicated frustration that China, North Korea's sole major ally, has not done more to rein in the regime of Kim Jung Un.
The Philippines tried Wednesday to reassure Southeast Asian neighbours about its proposal to partner with Beijing in oil exploration in the disputed South China Sea, promising to consult them on any plans. President Rodrigo Duterte has softened his predecessor's policy opposing China's claims -- which expand to nearly the entire sea -- causing alarm among neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, which also hold partial claims. On Monday Duterte said his government was in talks with China over joint drilling for natural resources in the sea, reversing years of tensions.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela, where a two-day national strike has been called beginning Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the country's constitution (all times local):
A black teen in Texas recorded his confrontation with a police officer who harassed him for cutting out grass and distributing business cards. The teen also alleged that the officer attacked him at his home.
Republicans are scrambling to garner support for a plan that will dismantle Obamacare – further evidence that Donald Trump's boast saying that scrapping his predecessor's healthcare law would be easy has fallen flat. After the Senate narrowly voted to open up debate on a healthcare bill, Republican leaders have suffered multiple setbacks in their efforts to repeal a pillar of former Democratic President Barack Obama's legacy. In a 45-55 vote, senators have rejected a measure that would roll back major parts of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, without a replacement.
A former McDonald’s worker has turned the stomach of fast food fans by sharing ‘disgusting’ photos from inside a mouldy ice cream maker. Teenager Nick, who did not disclose his surname, shared the photos on Twitter, claiming: “This came out of McDonald's ice cream machine in case y'all were wondering…” This came out of McDonald's ice cream machine in case y'all were wondering... pic.twitter.com/DTXXpzE7Ce— nick (@phuckyounick) July 14, 2017 This is the side of the ice cream machine! It's not from a grease trap pic.twitter.com/nMpnFxAvZ4— nick (@phuckyounick) July 17, 2017 The 18-year-old says he worked at a McDonald’s outlet in Louisiana for five months, telling BuzzFeed he posted the photos to let people know “how disgusting the conditions are”. Nick claims he lost his job shortly after posting the photos “exposing McDonald's”, but tweeted that he already had another one lined up when he decided to post them online. Since I'm exposing McDonald's I might as well show y'all what y'all really eating... fresh out the freezer. pic.twitter.com/KZ7Ao1kWsR— nick (@phuckyounick) July 18, 2017 Nice and dirty... pic.twitter.com/vjxuVLJpgF— nick (@phuckyounick) July 18, 2017 McDonald’s said in a statement the equipment seen in the photos does not come into contact with any food. “We are committed to running great restaurants that provide our customers with high quality food, service and a clean environment,” a spokesperson said. “This is a part of our soft serve equipment that does not come into contact with any food and is required to undergo regular and timely cleaning.” Extraordinary floating McDonald’s restaurant left abandoned for 30 years How Twitter reacted How does your tweet about ONE franchise of McDonald's justifies all McDonald's?? pic.twitter.com/64ryGc8mG7— Girinator (@amiegirin) July 18, 2017 Thanks for ruining my day, I just had an ice cream cone from them ����♀️ pic.twitter.com/s7OcTdzxt4— هانا �� (@h_annaah_) July 16, 2017 Meanwhile at Wendy's...�� pic.twitter.com/2Djg3WSeSi— imari✨ (@_esstco) July 16, 2017 The employees telling us the machine is down pic.twitter.com/kLpivUpD4c— Covfefí Champu (@CuddleSweet) July 16, 2017 pic.twitter.com/O08LuxKapY— Trust in Hue (@dawg_pound69) July 17, 2017 Revealed: The real reason McDonald's hamburgers ‘never rot’ mcdonalds secret menu
Iran has successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, state television reported on Thursday, an event likely to raise tensions with the United States because of its potential use in a ballistic missile. Washington has said Iran is defying a U.N. resolution calling on it not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. "The Imam Khomeini Space Centre was officially opened with the successful test of the Simorgh (Phoenix) space launch vehicle," state television said.
One man has been killed and seven others injured after a thrill ride broke apart, throwing them up into the air. Video captured by a bystander at the Ohio State Fair fair shows the Fire Ball ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air before it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off. Ohio State Medical Centre said three of the injured were being treated there.
The Delaware-sized iceberg that calved off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and July 12 is drifting farther from its former home, while breaking into smaller pieces. More importantly, new cracks are appearing in the ice shelf that could portend the creation of additional icebergs and the possible destabilization of larger parts of the ice sheet, which holds back land-based ice from flowing into the sea and raising sea levels. Satellite imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite as well as the the camera aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) Sentinel-1 satellite are helping scientists keep tabs on the gargantuan iceberg despite the shroud of darkness during the Antarctic winter season. SEE ALSO: One of the largest icebergs ever recorded just broke free of Antarctica Images released by NASA and the ESA show the iceberg's evolution and the beginnings of how the ice shelf is responding to losing such a large piece of itself. According to NASA, the main iceberg, known as A-68A, continues to move northward, away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf. Meanwhile, it has already lost several small chunks. Recent satellite photos also show three small icebergs forming to the north of where the main iceberg had been attached to the ice shelf. #A68 update: New #Sentinel1 time series 6-24 July: the #iceberg continuing to break up and drift further from #LarcenC ice shelf. ️❄️ pic.twitter.com/prV8t03CT9 — ESA EarthObservation (@ESA_EO) July 25, 2017 If it seems like we're paying unusually close attention to this one particular iceberg, despite the multitude of other icebergs and glaciers that exist worldwide, well, it's because we are. To some extent, we're keeping a close eye on the iceberg because we can. Technology, in the form of advanced satellites, is enabling us to do this in ways that were never before possible. But there's another reason why scientists have their sights set on the Larsen C Ice Shelf. The ice shelf is located in the Antarctic Peninsula, which is one of the most rapidly warming areas of the globe, and two of its neighbors, Larsen A and Larsen B, have already collapsed due in part to human-caused climate change. Because of that, there is tremendous scientific interest in seeing how Larsen C responds to losing about 12 percent of its area in a single, trillion-ton iceberg. While the iceberg calving event itself is not likely caused specifically by climate change, it nevertheless threatens to speed up the already quickening pace of ice melt in the region due in large part to global warming. Series of satellite images showing the breakup of the Larsen C iceberg and forming of new cracks and rifts in its wake.Image: nasaScientists have watched since 2014 as a fissure in the ice carved out a slice of the Larsen C Ice Shelf as if someone were taking a giant X-Acto Knife to the ice. That fissure finally set free the approximately 2,400-square-mile iceberg, which has since shrunk slightly in area as pieces have broken off. Researchers affiliated with a U.K.-based initiative, known as Project MIDAS, report that a new rift appears to be developing in the ice shelf that could extend to a higher elevation point, known as the Bawden Ice Rise. That area is considered to be "a crucial point" for stabilizing the ice shelf, and if it were to be weakened in some way it could speed the breakup of the shelf. WATCH: It's official, 2016 was Earth's warmest year on record
Oil field services giant Halliburton will pay nearly $30 million to resolve allegations of bribery in Angola, US regulators announced Thursday. Former Halliburton vice president Jeannot Lorenz also agreed to pay a $75,000 fine for falsifying the company's books and circumventing internal controls, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement. Lorenz steered $13 million in contracts to a local company owned by a former Halliburton employee with ties to an official at the Angolan state oil company Sonangol.
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision.
The Ohio State Fair will open Thursday one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart, but the rides won’t be running until they all are deemed safe, officials state. Video captured by a bystander at the fair Wednesday evening shows the Fire Ball ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off. Ohio State Medical Center said three of the injured were being treated there.
By Aziz El Yaakoubi DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their "terrorist" lists was "a disappointing surprise" and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain put another nine groups based in Yemen and Libya and nine people from several Arab countries on the blacklist, saying all were associated with Qatar. "(The new list) comes as a disappointing surprise that the blockading countries are still pursuing this story as part of their smear campaign against Qatar," Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed al-Thani, director of the Gulf kingdom's Government Communications Office, said in a statement sent to Reuters.
Amber Hensley shouted at Rowda Soyan, Sarah Hassan and Laleyla Hassan in the car park of a Walmart in Fargo, North Dakota, as she believed they had parked too close to her car. Ms Hassan recorded a video of Hensley delivering an angry tirade, which was sent to the police and circulated widely on social media. “Go home, go home,” Hensley was heard saying.
Civilians fleeing the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa are paying smugglers to lead them out of the city safely, only to find themselves caught up in harrowing attacks. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled Raqa and the surrounding province since the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an offensive to capture the jihadist stronghold last year. In the Ain Issa camp, where thousands of people displaced from Raqa have sought refuge, many civilians say they were promised safe passage by smugglers who ended up leading them into deadly situations.
Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!
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Canal jumper released on bail
AN 18-year-old man who jumped into a canal at Surfers Paradise to avoid being arrested by police on Wednesday night has been granted bail.
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Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump’s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” transgender military service members.
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Response from Eddie, AFL not nearly enough
THERE'S so much wrong about the Eddie McGuire-James-Brayshaw-Danny Frawley pack mentality attack of Caroline Wilson. As was the AFL's insipid response on Monday.
Secret tape not the only talking point
THE reasons behind a decision to release a secret expletive-laden recording of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody are almost as juicy as the tape is expected to be.
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Why Does Every Lifestyle Startup Look The Same?
Sans serif fonts are a clue not just to what a company sells, but how they do it.
White House divisions on display with Scaramucci's comments
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The rifts inside President Donald Trump's White House were on startling display on Thursday, as his new communications director urged Trump's chief of staff to state publicly that he does not leak information to the media.
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Military Leaders Say No Current Changes For Transgender Service Members, Await Clarity From White House
Can You Spell Better Than the Trump White House?
The Trump Administration is not very good at spelling. Over the past six months, press releases, official statements, tweets and other material released by the White House and even Trump’s personal attorney have contained typos and misspelled words and names. This can happen to any public figure, of course, but the rate at which it’s…
The Trump Administration is not very good at spelling.
Over the past six months, press releases, official statements, tweets and other material released by the White House and even Trump’s personal attorney have contained typos and misspelled words and names.
This can happen to any public figure, of course, but the rate at which it’s happened in the Trump Administration is notably higher than in past presidencies.
Take this quiz and see if you can spell better than the White House.