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FaviconWhite nationalists rally in Newnan, Ga. 21 Apr 2018, 7:02 pm

White nationalists rally in Newnan, Ga.The National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., held a rally on April 21, 2018, in Newnan, Ga. Community members have opposed the rally and came out to embrace racial unity in the small Georgia town. Fearing a repeat of the violence that broke out after the Charlottesville, Va., demonstrations,  hundreds of police officers were stationed in the town during the rally in an attempt to keep the anti-racist protesters and neo-Nazi groups separated.


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FaviconR. Kelly's Lawyer, Publicist And Assistant Flee From Singer Amid Scandals 21 Apr 2018, 6:40 pm

R. Kelly's Lawyer, Publicist And Assistant Flee From Singer Amid ScandalsSinger R. Kelly's scandals may be too much for the people he employs. Since


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FaviconMan jailed for 50 years for stealing $1.2m-worth of fajitas 21 Apr 2018, 6:15 pm

Man jailed for 50 years for stealing $1.2m-worth of fajitasA former youth offenders’ centre employee in Texas has been convicted of stealing more than $1.2m (£860,000) worth of fajitas. Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was jailed for 50 years after authorities discovered he was ordering the Mexican food to the Darrel B Hester Juvenile Detention Centre in Cameron County and selling it on for personal profit. Suspicions were raised after a driver from a food company called the centre’s kitchen to tell them an 800-pound (363kg) delivery of fajitas had arrived.


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FaviconVideo shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shooting 21 Apr 2018, 3:42 pm

Video shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shootingDiante Yarber was driving the Ford Mustang when Barstow police officers shot in the vehicle and killed him.


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FaviconIranian Foreign Minister on Americans detained in Tehran 21 Apr 2018, 2:03 pm

Iranian Foreign Minister on Americans detained in TehranMore from Margaret Brennan's interview with Mohammad Javad Zarif to air Sunday on 'Face the Nation'


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FaviconWoman Saves 18-Month-Old She Spotted Hanging From Roof Gutter 21 Apr 2018, 1:39 pm

Woman Saves 18-Month-Old She Spotted Hanging From Roof GutterShe was driving when she saw the baby boy.


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FaviconNew Body Camera Footage Shows Officers Did Not Leave Patrol Car While Searching for Kyle Plush 21 Apr 2018, 12:29 pm

New Body Camera Footage Shows Officers Did Not Leave Patrol Car While Searching for Kyle PlushThe teen was later found dead by his father.


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FaviconSuspect in Ocala, Florida school shooting: ‘I want to be put away’ 21 Apr 2018, 12:23 pm

Suspect in Ocala, Florida school shooting: ‘I want to be put away’As students around the country rallied against gun violence on Friday, one student was injured in a shooting at a Florida high school. The suspect spoke to local NBC reporter Matt Lupoli.


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FaviconExperts take samples from site of alleged Syria gas attack 21 Apr 2018, 12:11 pm

Experts take samples from site of alleged Syria gas attackInvestigators from the global chemical arms watchdog collected samples Saturday from the site of a suspected gas attack in Syria two weeks ago, after security concerns delayed their probe. Gruesome footage of the alleged toxic attack on April 7 in the town of Douma, just outside Damascus, horrified the world and prompted unprecedented Western strikes on Syrian military installations. Just hours after the joint missile strikes, a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the claims.


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FaviconProtester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's home 21 Apr 2018, 9:05 am

Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's homeALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Protesters are targeting the northern Virginia home of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist and say the protests will continue.


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FaviconSmallville actor Allison Mack charged with trafficking over 'involvement in sex cult' 21 Apr 2018, 8:13 am

Smallville actor Allison Mack charged with trafficking over 'involvement in sex cult'Allison Mack, an actor best known for her role in the US TV show Smallville, has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. Ms Mack was arrested on Friday and has since pleaded not guilty to all charges.


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FaviconSean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't News 21 Apr 2018, 8:00 am

Sean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't NewsEarlier this week, Fox News declared its "full support" for Sean Hannity after


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FaviconJ. K. Rowling Mocks Donald Trump With Magical 'Harry Potter' Taunt 21 Apr 2018, 3:50 am

J. K. Rowling Mocks Donald Trump With Magical 'Harry Potter' TauntJ. K. Rowling cast a spell over Twitter with her latest diss of Donald Trump.


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FaviconAt Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security Changes 20 Apr 2018, 11:17 pm

At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security ChangesFour young protesters and a police officer were killed in increasingly violent


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FaviconIndonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar 20 Apr 2018, 9:45 pm

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing MyanmarBIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.


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FaviconLockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen. 20 Apr 2018, 8:09 pm

Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen.The most likely scenario is that the F-22/F-35 hybrid will remain in the realm of fantasy. Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin is pitching an F-22 and F-35 combination to Japan to meet Tokyo’s requirement for a next-generation air superiority fighter.


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FaviconA-Rod's Alleged Nephew Kidnapped Over Lamborghini Sale Gone Wrong 20 Apr 2018, 7:46 pm

A-Rod's Alleged Nephew Kidnapped Over Lamborghini Sale Gone WrongDon't go around claiming to be a celebrity's relative.


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FaviconHow can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America? 20 Apr 2018, 7:40 pm

How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America?After a racial incident that garnered national attention last weekend, Starbucks has required racial-bias training for all its employees. This move has the potential to positively impact America, but the company has an uphill climb. Here's what happened. On April 12 a patron at a Philadelphia Starbucks captured a video of two black men being arrested, seemingly for doing nothing. The store manager called the police, saying the men had not bought anything and refused to leave. It turns out they'd only been in the store for two minutes and were waiting for a friend to order. The video quickly went viral, getting millions of views on Twitter and YouTube.  Starbucks first issued a terse, three-sentence apology that immediately sparked more backlash. Then, on Tuesday, the company said it would close all 8,000 of its nationwide stores on the afternoon of May 29, and give mandatory racial bias training to its 175,000 employees. SEE ALSO: The largest protests in American history are happening now. Expect them to get bigger. Considering the nearly ubiquitous place that Starbucks holds in America, experts agreed that such a training could have a wide-reaching social effects. If it's handled correctly.  @Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci — Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018 The challenges and opportunities of anti-discrimination training  In their press release announcing the training, Starbucks said that in the weeks before May 29, it would develop a program that promised to address "implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome." The release also listed a number of notable people who would assist in developing the program, like former Attorney General Eric Holder and NAACP President Sherrilyn Ifill. However, experts agree that it's a long road between one afternoon of training and an impactful change in behavior. And some were critical that it took a viral incident for Starbuck to address the issue, calling it reactive instead of proactive.  "I think that anytime that you do racial-bias training, being proactive is the best approach," Matthew Kincaid, founder of Overcoming Racism, a consulting organization that trains corporations and schools on eliminating racial bias, said. "They should invest in doing this as part of the onboarding training. They are acting reactively rather than doing something proactively and creating a culture."  Kincaid said that many employees might be turned off by the mandatory nature of the training, and may feel like they're getting blamed for something that happened in another store.  Many also question the efficacy of taking just five weeks to develop a plan for so many employees, and wonder about the consistency of such a broad training.  "The quality control is the question," Dr. Bryant Marks, Morehouse College psychology professor and founding director of The National Training Institute on Race & Equity, said. "I don't know how they're going to standardized the experience." Starbucks to Close All U.S. Stores for Racial-Bias Education | Starbucks Newsroom He said the best way to train so many people at once would be through video, but that might have an adverse effect on engagement. He added that it's better to have a trained professional lead a video than a sub-par leader initiate a live session, but either way, he said, it would be tough for the company to make sure the message was received equally by everyone. All agreed, however, that if Starbucks is committed to educating its employees on bias and discrimination, the company will have to be in it for the long haul. "This would have to be the beginning of an ongoing body of work." Marks said. "One training is good for raising awareness, but it's only the beginning of changing a culture. " The debate on implicit bias training On top of Starbucks' decision to provide training is the question of the type of training it plans to provide. The implicit bias program that Starbucks is enacting, the company hopes, would target biases that people act upon without active awareness. Implicit biases include things like associating black people with "criminality" or mischaracterizing the age and size of black people.   But there's an ongoing debate among psychologists and sociologists about the ability of this type of training to actually affect people's behavior. There are even some studies that say implicit bias training has an "often weak" result. Marks approves of Starbucks' approach toward implicit bias training, because the situation that arose seems to have been caused specifically because of the Starbucks manager's unconscious bias towards to the two men. Though, of trainings, he said that what's most needed is a skilled leader.  "Any trainer worth their salt is going to acknowledge the levels on which bias can occur," he said. Starbucks could have chosen other forms of training. Kincaid's Overcoming Racism program, for instance, specializes in training that helps inform people how to act on their behavior rather than merely pointing out that they have it. "Racial-bias training helps us understand and recognize the biases that we have, but it doesn't help us promote actions," Kincaid said. "Anti-racism training helps us act against a system that ultimately hurts all of us. People understanding bias makes people more aware of that, but it doesn't change the system and people's thoughts and action." His consultation consists of understanding not only a specific person's biases, but also understanding the underlying systemic bias and how to personally address it. Starbucks would not offer Mashable further clarification as to how the company determined the best and most consistent course of action for the training.  Kincaid believes that a single training could not illicit the type of change that Starbucks claims to want to make. A shift in the company's culture would be needed, not only externally to customers, but also internally, regarding staffers' attitudes toward each other. And it will take some time. "I don't believe that anti-racism or racial-bias training actually changes people's behavior in the long term," Kincaid said. "What does change people's behavior is changing the culture of an institution. When we belong to organizations, we adapt to the culture of that organization. I think Starbucks has to be very thoughtful about the policies that make this a place where something like this could happen." But according to Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, what happened in Starbucks "wasn't just racist, it was anti-black." She thinks whatever training happens should address that specifically.  "Not all trainings are created equal," she said. "And not all trainings are going to do the thing you want them to do. What is key is having an important conversation on historical anti-black racism." This has been a very public affair for Starbucks, and one thing is sure: The ramifications of the company's decision is something others are keeping an eye on. "I think the incident has a lot of CEOs across the country giving some deep thought to their training and their culture," Dr. Marks said. "And I think it's a watershed moment that could have a lasting impact." Starbucks as America's problematic third place In sociological disciplines, there is the notion of a "third place." The idea is that you have a place at home and a place at work, and a healthy civic system would have a third place where people can gather and constructively interact, like a church or the shopping malls of yore.  Many have thought for a while that Starbucks has become America's third place; it's a semi-neutral gathering place where people meet and interact. In fact, the company says on their website that it hopes to be a "third place between work and home." It would be hard to argue that the coffee chain has not made progress toward this goal, what with the number of stores, convenient locations, and relatively low-priced offerings.  But that's only part of the story. As Cullors said, "For a lot of us, the way we know gentrification is happening is a Starbucks comes to their community." Even in real estate terms there's something known as a "Starbucks Effect," meaning that proximity to a Starbucks raises value on homes. Historically working class or poorer neighborhoods are the ones that tend to feel this effect, with those raised values driving people out of their established communities.  Also Starbucks has stated they want to create a “community” atmosphere & purchases aren’t required to sit, use WiFi, etc. Employees have been on Twitter for days confirming this. — Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) April 19, 2018 Many, including Cullors, believe that the company should be more engaged with the communities they enter. Starbucks should put money into building up those neighborhoods, serving as a part of rather than a symbol against them. The arrest of two black men only served to underscore this divide between what Starbucks wants to create and the reality of its place within some communities. Still, some are finding positives in the event. Cullors thought it was important that the woman who took the original video was white. "She was protesting what was happening," she said. "There's something about bearing witness, and in that witnessing disrupting what you're seeing. It was an amazing ally moment. We need more of that from white people." Even though this training might be a public relations reaction to bad press, it's still a chance for a company that wants to be an integral part of American lives to positively impact its employees and customers.  But Starbucks needs to follow through on its intentions. "Starbucks could become a conduit for this conversation, but it has to be in the heart of Starbucks and not something that comes with negative press," Kincaid said. "This work is being done, there are those out here who are having the conversation proactively. I really hope that this incident can be used to elevate the many warriors in this battle against racism all across the country."


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FaviconU.S. said to investigate AT&T, Verizon over wireless collusion claim - source 20 Apr 2018, 6:54 pm

U.S. said to investigate AT&T, Verizon over wireless collusion claim - sourceThe U.S. has opened a probe into alleged coordination by AT&T Inc , Verizon Communications and a telecommunications standards organisation to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday. Verizon and AT&T acknowledged the government probe and said they were working with regulators. Verizon called it "much ado about nothing," adding that it has been working with the Justice Department for several months "regarding the inquiry," according to spokesman Rich Young.


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FaviconEngine maker urges rapid inspections after Southwest failure 20 Apr 2018, 6:10 pm

Engine maker urges rapid inspections after Southwest failureThe maker of a jet engine that ruptured during a recent Southwest Airlines flight, leaving one passenger dead, called Friday for rapid inspections of all of its engines powering Boeing 737 aircraft. About 680 engines are concerned, according to CFM, which noted that each inspection takes about four hours.


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FaviconNo surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head 20 Apr 2018, 5:55 pm

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth headLONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king. On Friday the 69-year-old heir to the British throne got another position to wait for — he was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth made up of the U.K. and the countries that once were its colonies.


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FaviconTrucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentences 20 Apr 2018, 5:46 pm

Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentencesThe driver of a truck packed with migrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in October to federal human smuggling charges. James Bradley, 61, could have faced the death penalty in the case, considered one of the deadliest human smuggling incidents in modern U.S. history. "This was the equivalent of torture," U.S. District Judge David Ezra told Bradley when he handed out two concurrent life sentences at a court in San Antonio.


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Favicon10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring Sale 20 Apr 2018, 5:23 pm

10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring SaleIt's probably the only time of the year when spending too much money on beauty


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FaviconMinnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer 20 Apr 2018, 4:40 pm

Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayerMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer.


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FaviconArmenian opposition demands early election on eighth day of protests 20 Apr 2018, 4:30 pm

Armenian opposition demands early election on eighth day of protestsTens of thousands of Armenian opposition supporters rallied on Friday for an eighth consecutive day against the appointment of ex-president Serzh Sarksyan as the new prime minister and demanded an early parliamentary election. Under a revised constitution approved by referendum in 2015, the prime minister now has most power in Armenia while the presidency has become largely ceremonial. A Sarksyan ally, Armen Sarkissan, was sworn in as president last week after being elected by the parliament.


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Favicon9 Worst Muscle Cars Of The 1990s 20 Apr 2018, 3:40 pm

9 Worst Muscle Cars Of The 1990s


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Favicon2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath Ceremony 20 Apr 2018, 3:36 pm

2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath CeremonyA colonel and a master sergeant were disciplined for using a hand puppet during a re-enlistment ceremony.


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FaviconGun Violence Prevents Florida School District From Staging Walkouts Against Gun Violence 20 Apr 2018, 3:12 pm

Gun Violence Prevents Florida School District From Staging Walkouts Against Gun ViolenceJust as students around the country were preparing another walkout against gun


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FaviconMother Who Left 4 Kids Home Alone While She Took European Vacation Gets Probation 20 Apr 2018, 3:04 pm

Mother Who Left 4 Kids Home Alone While She Took European Vacation Gets ProbationErin Macke's ex-husband is angry that she won't have to serve any jail time.


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FaviconUS 'bombed' UN peace talks on Syria: Lavrov 20 Apr 2018, 2:34 pm

US 'bombed' UN peace talks on Syria: LavrovThe United States and its allies "bombed" UN-backed peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria when they ordered strikes on the country this month, Russia's foreign minister said Friday. The US, France and Britain "on 14 April bombed not only made-up chemical sites in Syria, but also bombed the (UN-backed peace) talks in Geneva," Sergei Lavrov said following a meeting in Moscow with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. "We came very close to a relaunching of the Geneva process with a real dialogue between Syrians, mainly on the question of constitutional reform," Lavrov added.


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FaviconUS says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability' 20 Apr 2018, 2:24 pm

US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others.


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FaviconRomanian president slams plan to move Israel embassy 20 Apr 2018, 12:32 pm

Romanian president slams plan to move Israel embassyA row erupted Friday between Romania's government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The foreign ministry announced that "a process of analysis and evaluation with the aim of transferring the embassy has been launched". Prime Minister Viorica Dancila of the left-wing Social Democratic Party confirmed Friday the government had adopted a memorandum on moving the embassy but added that other steps needed to be taken before a final decision.


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Favicon'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in Syria 20 Apr 2018, 11:59 am

'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in SyriaA Syrian-German jihadist linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been captured in Syria by US-backed forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Mohammad Haydar Zammar, who has been accused of recruiting some of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijackers, was captured over a month ago by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia backed by the US. News of his capture was first reported on Wednesday by the Kurdish group. The Pentagon had said it was looking into the reports before confirming Zammar’s arrest. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an alternate name for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "We are working with our SDF partners to obtain additional details," Pahon said. The 9/11 Commission report into the attacks in Washington and New York that led to the deaths of almost 3,000 people described Zammar as an “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who “had fought in Afghanistan and relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad.” According to the report, Zammar took credit for influencing people linked to the attacks including Mohammed Atta, who hijacked an American Airlines plane and flew it into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Zammar had come into contact with Atta and others linked to the attacks while living in Hamburg, in 1997, the report says. Seven foiled UK terror plots Zammar was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian authorities two weeks later. He was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. He was reportedly freed from prison in 2014 in a prison swap organised with Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham. The SDF, which has been a key western ally in the fight against Isil, has detained several high-profile foreign members of Isil as the jihadist group’s grip on Syria has collapsed. They are currently holding two alleged members of the notorious Isil torture cell known as ‘the Beatles.’ El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexandra Kotey were captured by the group in February. The two are accused of being involved in the execution and torture of hostages. US officials believe there are hundreds of foreign fighters and thousands of Syrian Isil militants in SDF custody.


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FaviconUK lawmakers form group to combat 'malign' Russian influence 20 Apr 2018, 11:17 am

UK lawmakers form group to combat 'malign' Russian influenceLONDON (AP) — British lawmakers set up a special group Friday to focus on Russian election interference and disinformation campaigns, saying more must be done to understand the extent of Moscow's "malign influence."


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FaviconThe Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week 20 Apr 2018, 11:09 am

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest


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FaviconDaniel Craig And Rachel Weisz Expecting First Child Together 20 Apr 2018, 11:07 am

Daniel Craig And Rachel Weisz Expecting First Child TogetherJames Bond star Daniel Craig and wife actress Rachel Weisz are expecting a


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FaviconDog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation  20 Apr 2018, 10:17 am

Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation. Eight-year-old St Bernard Maisy was taken for a CT scan after she was taken ill, which showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, seemingly showing she had not digested her food properly. Her owner, Jane Dickinson, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, feared the worst as she took her pet to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield. It would not be unusual for Maisy, an elderly dog, to have cancer at her advanced age. However, vet surgeon Nick Blackburn ruled out any fatal disease when he carried out the operation to remove Maisy’s spleen and found her stomach was full of soft toys. Maisy is now reportedly 'loving life' Credit:  Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com He said : "It's fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn't but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat. "I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a St Bernard, so we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons.” Her owner said she had never seen the gentle giant chewing or eating toys, but that now the operation has been completed Maisy is “loving life”. An x-ray showing the teddy bears within the stomach. Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com Ms Dickinson explained: "When Maisy went in I did think 'is she coming out?' but she is loving life now - it's like she's got her youth back. "The toys weren't even hers! She will steal the chihuahuas' toys and play with them but I've never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal. "I didn't even recognise one of the toys - my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog." Maisy has since made a full recovery from her operation and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer.


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FaviconSaudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC 20 Apr 2018, 9:13 am

Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPECSaudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices. Faleh's statement at a meeting of oil producers in Saudi Arabia came as crude hit the highest level in more than three years. "Looks like OPEC is at it again," Trump tweeted.


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FaviconPassengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 Checks 20 Apr 2018, 8:30 am

Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 ChecksAt least some passengers aboard a deadly Southwest Airlines flight have


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FaviconEx-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interference 20 Apr 2018, 8:29 am

Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interferenceDan Fried, the former State Department diplomat who oversaw sanctions policy, told the "Skullduggery" podcast that he was “extremely” frustrated when the Obama administration issued “weak” and “frankly inadequate” sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.


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FaviconChinese military 'challenged Australian warships in the South China Sea' 20 Apr 2018, 7:23 am

Chinese military 'challenged Australian warships in the South China Sea'Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister, asserted his country's rights to conduct patrols in the South China Sea after reports of a confrontation with China amid rising tensions in the disputed waters. China's navy was said to have been involved in a "robust" but polite confrontation with three Australian warships in the strategically important sea, according to Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC). The broadcaster, which first reported the incident, said it was "believed to have occurred earlier this month as China was conducting its largest ever naval exercises". Mr Turnbull, who is in London on a visit, did not comment on the specific confrontation, which is said to have taken place off the coast of Vietnam. But when prompted by reporters, he said: "We maintain and practice the right of freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the world and, in this context, we're talking about naval vessels on the world's oceans, including the South China Sea, as is our perfect right in accordance with international law." Australian defence officials did not confirm the confrontation took place, but said three warships had arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. They are making a three-day goodwill visit to Vietnam. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during China's drills last week  Credit: Xinhua/Reuters On the same day, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over huge exercises in the South China Sea in an unmistakable show of force to Beijing's regional rivals. The drills involved 48 ships, among them China's sole operating aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, along with 76 helicopters, fighter jets and bombers, and more than 10,000 personnel. ABC said the HMAS Anzac, HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success were challenged by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. China claims almost all of the South China Sea, where more than $5 trillion (£3.8 trillion) of trade passes every year.  Much of the sea is also claimed by several south-east Asian nations, including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Success prepares to dock at Saigon port in Ho Chi Minh City last week. Credit: Van Khoa/Thanh Nien News Observers say China is developing its military capabilities by fortifying and building infrastructure on what were previously reefs and partially-submerged islets. The US Navy has been confronting China in the region with 'freedom of navigation' exercises. It sent the aircraft carriers Theodore Roosevelt and Carl Vinson through the South China Sea in recent months, angering Beijing. Washington has also called on Australia to carry out similar patrols.


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FaviconNatalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events' 20 Apr 2018, 6:49 am

Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'Actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of accepting a prestigious award in


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FaviconTwo Florida sheriff's deputies ambushed at restaurant 20 Apr 2018, 6:32 am

Two Florida sheriff's deputies ambushed at restaurantAuthorities in Florida are looking for answers after two sheriff's deputies were shot through the window of a restaurant. ABC News' Diane Macedo reports.


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FaviconFord licenses Classic Mustangs for production 20 Apr 2018, 6:27 am

Ford licenses Classic Mustangs for productionIf you fancy owning a mint condition 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969-1970 Mustang Boss 429, or a 1969-1970 Mustang Mach 1, you'd better prepare yourself for a long and laborious search and some pretty eye-watering asking prices. Classic Restorations is a company from Oklahoma in the United States that has a somewhat tainted history to be honest, but over the last few years it's been building some very impressive Shelby Mustangs with modern underpinnings under the body. Now the company is expanding its horizons and the new licensed trio of classic Mustangs will become available from them from later this year.


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FaviconThe Best Cookie Recipes To Bake This Weekend 20 Apr 2018, 5:46 am

The Best Cookie Recipes To Bake This WeekendBaking for others is a delicious form of altruism that's been proven to boost


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FaviconSome 50 members of migrant caravan reach Mexico, U.S. border 20 Apr 2018, 5:22 am

Some 50 members of migrant caravan reach Mexico, U.S. borderBy Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of 50 Central American migrants who set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, having endured the long journey despite threats by President Donald Trump to secure the border with National Guard personnel. Since peaking at around 1,500 people, the so-called migrant "caravan" has dwindled under pressure from Trump and Mexican migration authorities, who vowed to separate those migrants with a right to stay in Mexico from those who did not. Some of those migrants began arriving in the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Wednesday and have requested asylum in the United States.


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FaviconBrick-throwing China zoo-goers kill kangaroo, injure another 20 Apr 2018, 2:11 am

Brick-throwing China zoo-goers kill kangaroo, injure anotherVisitors to a zoo in southeastern China killed one kangaroo and injured another by throwing bricks at them in an attempt to get a reaction from the big marsupials, state media reported. A 12-year-old female kangaroo suffered a severely injured foot when it was struck by bricks and concrete chunks on February 28 at the Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian province, China Central Television reported. The report included pictures of the first kangaroo's smashed and nearly severed foot, and of the animal receiving treatment via intravenous drip before it died.


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FaviconCow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions: study 20 Apr 2018, 2:00 am

Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions: studyBy Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - The spread of humans around the world from Africa thousands of years ago wiped out big mammals in a shrinking trend that could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth in a few centuries' time, a scientific study said on Thursday. The spread of hominims - early humans and relatives such as Neanderthals - from Africa coincided with the extinction of mammals such as the mammoths, sabre-toothed tiger and glyptodon, an armadillo-like creature the size of a car. "There is a very clear pattern of size-biased extinction that follows the migration of hominims out of Africa," lead author Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico told Reuters of the study published in the journal Science.


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