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'Hitman's Bodyguard' is No. 1, as 'Logan Lucky'...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:37 pm

'Hitman's Bodyguard' is No. 1, as 'Logan Lucky' Disappoints  New York Times'Hitman's Bodyguard' Flexes Muscle With $21M+ During The Lowest-Grossing Weekend Of 2017 To Date – Sunday AM  DeadlineWeekend Box Office: 'Hitman's Bodyguard' Mows Down 'Logan Lucky' With $21.6M  Hollywood ReporterFull coverag […]

Jerry Lewis, Mercurial Comedian and Filmmaker,...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Jerry Lewis, Mercurial Comedian and Filmmaker, Dies at 91  New York TimesComedian Jerry Lewis Dead At 91  HuffPostJerry Lewis, comedy icon and philanthropist, dead at 91  Fox NewsJerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91  VarietyJohn Katsilometes on Twitter: "Statement: "Legendary entertainer #Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of ...  TwitterFull coverag […]

Photos: The Eclipse Is Coming. Are You Ready?
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm

Photos: The Eclipse Is Coming. Are You Ready?  New York TimesSolar Eclipse: Here's the Weather Forecast for the Big Day  NBCNews.comTips for Safe Eclipse Viewing…from Someone Who Learned the Hard Way  Space.comSolar Eclipse 2017: These Scientists Are So Psyched That They Won't Get To See The Eclipse  ForbesA total eclipse of the sun is a reason to unplug  Los Angeles TimesFull coverag […]

Polls: Majority in 3 key states 'embarrassed' by...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Polls: Majority in 3 key states 'embarrassed' by Trump  CNNPolls: Voters in three key states Trump won 'embarrassed' by his conduct as president  USA TODAYPoll: Trump's favorability falls in three key Midwest states  The HillTrump's Approval Rating Stands Below 40 Percent in Three Key Midwest States  NBCNews.comFull coverag […]

Suspected cop killer faces judge and murder...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Suspected cop killer faces judge and murder charge; Kissimmee police seek person of interest  Orlando SentinelTwo Florida police officers killed, 2 injured in separate overnight shootings  Washington PostSecond Kissimmee officer shot in line of duty dies, police say  WKMG OrlandoFull coverag […]

North Korea warns of nuclear war if US drill...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

North Korea warns of nuclear war if US drill turns to 'actual fighting'  USA TODAYNorth Korea threatens 'merciless strike' on US  New York PostNorth Korea: US cannot dodge 'merciless strike'  The HillUlchi-Freedom Guardian exercise: war games in a tense zone  The AustralianThreats, tension are nothing new to South Korea  Kansas City StarFull coverag […]

Another charity cancels fundraiser at Trump's...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Another charity cancels fundraiser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago  The HillPalm Beach Zoo latest to pull gala event from Trump's Mar-a-Lago  Sun SentinelAll of the charities backing out of Mar-a-Lago events in response to Trump's handling of Charlottesville  QuartzFull coverag […]

IS conflict: Iraq launches ground offensive in...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

The northern city, one of the last held by IS, has been a target since the fall of Mosul in July. […]

Democrats see an opening with Trump but are...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm

Democrats see an opening with Trump but are worried about messaging  CNNGOP Rep: Bannon 'had to go' after undermining Trump  The HillTrump ally blasts congressional leaders  PoliticoDavid Bossie on a White House without Steve Bannon; Sen. Ben Cardin on threats from terrorism, North Korea  Fox NewsWhat should keep Republicans up at night  Washington PostFull coverag […]

Powerball jackpot soars to whopping $650M — the...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Powerball jackpot soars to whopping $650M — the third largest prize in US history  New York Daily NewsNo Powerball winner, lottery jackpot now $650 million (see smaller prizes won in NY)  Syracuse.comPowerball jackpot swells to $650 million  USA TODAYFull coverag […]

Barcelona attack: Spain terror cell had 120 gas...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Jihadists planned for six months to fill three vans and carry out deadly attacks, police say. […]

America still in turmoil a year after...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

America still in turmoil a year after Kaepernick's protest  Washington PostA Large Group of NYPD Officers Rallied In Support of Colin Kaepernick  BETFrank Serpico, NYPD cops raise their fists, take a knee for team-less Colin Kaepernick at Brooklyn rally  New York Daily NewsColin Kaepernick items to be included in Black Lives Matter collection at Smithsonian  USA TODAYNAACP calling for boycott of NFL, Atlanta Falcons  FOX 5 AtlantaFull coverag […]

Everything is going great! in 1 amazing Trump...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Everything is going great! in 1 amazing Trump administration picture  CNNDefense Secretary Says Trump Has Settled on an Afghan Strategy  New York TimesMattis mum on Trump's new Afghanistan war strategy  USA TODAYUS military leaders await Trump decision on Afghan mission  Washington PostNicholson Says Winning War Is Critical  TOLOnewsFull coverag […]

Barcelona attack: Ripoll, the town where suspects...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Quiet Ripoll is in shock after becoming the focus of the Barcelona van attack investigation. […]

What happened to monuments to fallen regimes...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

What happened to monuments to fallen regimes around the world  CNNConfederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future'  NPRTrump loves the Confederacy? Since when does he like losers?  SalonWhy Trump is wrong to equate George Washington with Robert E. Lee  Chicago TribuneFull coverag […]

Spain hunts for suspected driver, two others in...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Spain hunts for suspected driver, two others in connection with Barcelona attack  Washington PostBarcelona attack: Spain terror cell had 120 gas canisters  BBC NewsInside the filthy apartment of Barcelona terror attack suspect  Fox NewsTerror in Spain Shows Islamic State Is Down Not Out  BloombergFull coverag […]

Indian court grants woman divorce over lack of...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm

The court said forcing the woman to use open fields amounted to cruelty. […]

Hong Kong protest: Thousands march for jailed...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Tens of thousands voice support for three pro-democracy activists who led the 2014 protests. […]

Syria war: Rocket 'hits Damascus trade fair'
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

The event is being held for the first time in five years. with reports speaking of five deaths. […]

BBC Pidgin: Meet the team
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Meet the team bringing the BBC to tens of millions of Pidgin speakers in West and Central Africa. […]

Aryana Sayeed: Kabul concert goes ahead despite...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Aryana Sayeed, known to fans as Afghanistan's Kim Kardashian, sang to hundreds of delighted fans. […]

Philippines drug campaign condemned by senior...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 1:49 pm

It comes as questions are raised over the killing of a teenager by police during a week of violence. […]

Grace Mugabe: South Africa grants immunity...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Robert Mugabe's wife is back in Zimbabwe despite allegations of an assault at a Johannesburg hotel. […]

Dogan Akhanli: Spain grants Erdogan critic...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

The German-Turkish writer must stay in Madrid while Turkey considers requesting his extradition. […]

Marshawn Lynch Sits, Derek Carr and Khalil Mack...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Marshawn Lynch Sits, Derek Carr and Khalil Mack Unite During National Anthem  Bleacher ReportCooper Kupp may be Rams receiver worth watching  ESPN (blog)Raiders' Derek Carr, Khalil Mack Show Solidarity During National Anthem  Sports IllustratedIndia crushes Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in 1st ODI  FOXSports.comFull coverag […]

Wreckage of USS Indianapolis, Lost for 72 Years,...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 11:48 am

Wreckage of USS Indianapolis, Lost for 72 Years, Is Found in the Pacific  New York TimesLost WW2 warship USS Indianapolis found after 72 years  BBC NewsMicrosoft Co-founder's Team Finds Wreckage of WWII-Era USS Indianapolis  NBCNews.comCivilian researchers have located USS Indianapolis wreckage  WTHRResearchers Announce Wreckage from USS Indianapolis Located - Navy.mil  Navy.milFull coverag […]

Solar eclipse: Welcome to 'Eclipseville', Kentucky
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

Thousands are flocking to the little town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in the US, to watch Monday's solar eclipse. […]

Some Liberty University Grads Are Returning Their...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 11:02 am

Some Liberty University Grads Are Returning Their Diplomas To Protest Trump  NPRTrump has 'inside information' on who protested in Charlottesville, says Falwell Jr. in president's defense  ABC NewsEvangelical students returning university diplomas to protest Trump  The Hill (blog)Full coverag […]

Lost WW2 warship USS Indianapolis found after 72...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 10:27 am

The warship's sinking, weeks before WW2's end, remains the worst US naval loss at sea in history. […]

The winners and losers of Mexico's wind power boom
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 10:23 am

In 'windy' La Ventosa, a village 700km from Mexico City, residents are renting out their land for wind farms. […]

Solidarity must extend far beyond the victims of...
Posted by Editorial on August 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

The terrorists want to destroy universal values of freedom and tolerance. If Europe fails refugees it is a kind of victory for themSpain has been a model of solidarity in the three days since the terror attacks that killed 14 people in Barcelona and Cabrils. That number is now known to include the seven-year-old Julian Cadman, who had dual British-Australian nationality and whose engaging image has been on front pages. He had been missing since the savage vehicle attack on Thursday afternoon. On Sunday morning the king and queen led the mourners at a service in La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s cathedral, which, perhaps paradoxically in the circumstances, was conceived by Antoni […]

Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces launched an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar on Sunday, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. […]

Trump has made Afghanistan decision after...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm

AMMAN, Reuters - President Donald Trump has made a decision on the United States' strategy for Afghanistan after a "sufficiently rigorous" review process, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday. […]

Grace Mugabe returns home pursued by South Africa...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe returned home from South Africa early on Sunday, state media reported, pursued by demands she face prosecution over an alleged assault of a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room. […]

Oxford University employee and US professor...
Posted by Press Association on August 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm

The pair have been charged in Chicago with murdering a 26-year-old hair stylist found with more than 40 stab woundsDetectives have ruled out a love triangle between an Oxford University employee, a US professor and their alleged murder victim, who was found with more than 40 stab wounds, police have said. Somerville College’s Andrew Warren, 56, and Professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, have been charged with murdering hair stylist Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in the academic’s Chicago apartment. Continue reading... […]

Former Iranian president asks Supreme Leader to...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami has called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to end the house arrest of opposition leaders, Khatami’s website reported Sunday, the first such public call by a senior political figur […]

Using confession to face up to crimes | Letters
Posted by Letters on August 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

Readers Fr Alec Mitchell, Judith Daniels and Dr Henry Thompson respond to Joanna Moorhead’s article Confession is sacrosanctAs a (sinful) Anglo-Catholic priest, I, too, would never disclose anything said to me during the sacrament of confession (or reconciliation, as many now prefer to call it), even under threat of prosecution (Confession is sacrosanct, Joanna Moorhead, 17 August).However, the confessor is at liberty to prescribe an act of penance, and this could surely include, in cases such as child abuse, domestic violence, or murder, for example, a promise to seek professional help, or even an admission of guilt to the appropriate authorities, before any further absolving could […]

The dangers of essentialising Jews and Israelis |...
Posted by Letters on August 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Noam Schimmel argues that Giles Fraser has potentially contributed to prejudice and discriminationGiles Fraser refers to Jews as a race and refers to Israel as a country predicated on race (In America and Israel, the outer fringe shifts ever inward, 18 August). Both claims are wrong. There are Argentinian Jews, Brazilian Jews, Ethiopian Jews, Indian Jews, Iraqi Jews, Irish Jews, Mexican Jews, Korean Jews, American Jews, British Jews, Turkish Jews, and Jews of myriad ethnicities, colours, nationalities and backgrounds from Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Similarly, there are Israelis of all these backgrounds and many others.It is unfortunate that despite being […]

German writer held in Spain on Turkish warrant...
Posted by Associated Press on August 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Turkish-born author Doğan Akhanlı, who has written about human rights in Turkey, was arrested on Saturday while on holidayGermany welcomed the release on Sunday of a German writer detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant and accused Turkey of abusing the international system used to hunt down fugitives.Turkish-born writer Doğan Akhanlı, who has German citizenship, was arrested on Saturday while on holiday in southern Spain. Akhanlı was conditionally released after a court hearing on Sunday, but ordered to remain in Madrid while Turkey’s extradition request is considered, his lawyer said. Continue reading... […]

Grace Mugabe flies home to Zimbabwe with...
Posted by Associated Press on August 20, 2017 at 6:12 pm

Wife of president Robert Mugabe returns to Harare despite facing allegations of assault on model in JohannesburgGrace Mugabe, the wife of the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, flew home from South Africa on Sunday after being granted diplomatic immunity from being prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model in Johannesburg.State broadcaster ZBC showed her greeting government and military officials at the airport in Harare after returning on an Air Zimbabwe plane with her husband, who had attended a summit of southern African leaders in Pretoria. Continue reading... […]

Three Lebanese soldiers killed in landmine on...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm

AMMAN (Reuters) - Three Lebanese soldiers were killed and one was critically wounded on Sunday when their armoured vehicle hit a landmine on the Lebanese-Syrian border, a security source said. […]

Invisible speedbumps: can these cheap tarmac...
Posted by Gavin Haynes on August 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm

London hopes optical illusions painted on busy roads will trick motorists into reducing their speed. The locations are secret, but we tracked some down It’s an odd look, the one people shoot you when you tell them you’ll be spending the afternoon driving over illusory speedbumps.Well, fake speedbumps may not be real, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work. TfL trialled them in Newham, London in 2014, cutting traffic speeds there by 3mph. They are painted humps on the road: white arcs, about a metre wide, like slightly asymmetrical Vs that, by the miracle of perspective, fool the eye into seeing them as looming out of the tarmac as drivers approach. Continue reading... […]

Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others...
Posted by Ben Doherty on August 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Asylum seekers and refugees awaiting surgeries, abortions and other treatment prevented from having overseas transfers by Nauru hospital committeeNearly 50 refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru – including at least three women seeking to terminate a pregnancy – are being refused, or not considered for, overseas medical treatment, in defiance of doctors’ recommendations.Three pregnant refugee women on Nauru have asked to terminate their pregnancies, for cultural, familial and health reasons. Doctors’ requests for them to be transferred overseas for the procedure have been rejected. Terminations are illegal on Nauru, a devoutly Christian country. Continue reading... […]

Israeli opposition says Abbas tried to resume...
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli opposition lawmakers on Sunday that he had proposed rolling back his month-old suspension of security coordination with Israel, but that it did not respond to the overture, the delegation said. […]

Iraqi forces advance on Isis-held city of Tal Afar
Posted by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent on August 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm

Military leaders are confident of recapturing one of the last remaining Islamic State strongholds in the country but humanitarian groups fear for civiliansIraqi forces have pushed into the outskirts of one of the last Islamic State-held areas in the country – the north-western city of Tal Afar.The operation comes just over a month after Mosul was retaken from the terror group, ending a three-year rule over Iraq’s second city and confining the extremists to ever-shrinking pockets of the country, stretching to the Syrian border. Continue reading... […]