Rising political star in China under investigation as Xi tightens grip

July 25, 2017

(CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping has moved to further consolidate his power over the world’s newest superpower, striking down a rising political star. Former Guizhou party secretary Chen Min’er, a protege of Xi, was announced as his replacement earlier on July 15. He had been seen as a direct rival to Xi for the top spot. Chongqing is one of China’s largest cities, far from the political centers of Beijing and…

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The dramatic return of John McCain

July 25, 2017

(CNN)It will take more than a devastating diagnosis to keep John McCain out of the heat of political battle. McCain’s return comes as he considers treatment options for the latest fight of a lifetime of military heroism and political combat that has made him one of America’s most enduring public figures.

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Who Run The World? Girls In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7

July 25, 2017

After Episode 1, Dragonstone, set a ratings record for the HBO series, Episode 2, Stormborn, pumped up the hype to maximum levels on Sunday night. Not only did showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss tease the highly anticipated meetup of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), they gave viewers close to an hour of women dominating in Westeros and thats always a welcome sight. As Olenna Tyrell (Diana…

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Elaborate ‘Dead Whale’ Stunt Takes Parisians By Surprise

July 24, 2017

On Friday, Parisians woke to find a massive sperm whale beached along the river Seine, drawing some shock and concern from some passersby. Belgian artist collective Captain Boomer, which took responsibility for the stirring display, said they carried out the performance art to raise awareness about the beaching of whales and dolphins and how humans play a role. BERTRAND GUAY via Getty Images To assist in delivering this message, artists…

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George R.R. Martin Says To Expect A New Book (Or Two) In 2018

July 24, 2017

In a post on his LiveJournal, where all the best ideas are publicized, Martin said to expect the Song of Ice and Fire series next written installment in 2018. Regarding the forthcoming book, The Winds of Winter, Martin had this to say: Initially meant for publication after the Song of Ice and Fire series was done, Fire and Blood is Martins history of House Targaryen, a bloodline that is supposed…

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Indonesian leader polishes strongman image by calling for drug killings

July 24, 2017

(CNN)Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called on police to kill drug dealers who resist arrest in what critics say is an attempt to burnish his credentials as a strongman leader among wavering voters. If enacted, the new policy would closely follow that of Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, who’s brutal war on drugs has left up to 8,000 people dead in just over a year. In 2015, the head of Indonesia’s…

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‘Easier to move a mountain’: China vows new military drills amid India spat

July 24, 2017

(CNN)China has promised to carry out more military drills near a disputed border region amid an escalating war of words with India. India and China have been in a weeks-long standoff over a thin strip of land bordering both countries and Bhutan, in the Himalayas. Though not a part of Indian territory, the area is close to the “chicken’s neck,” a strategic corridor that serves as a vital artery between…

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Trunks not made for swimming: elephants rescued from Sri Lankan sea

July 24, 2017

(CNN)Elephants still can’t fly, but maybe they can swim — at least for a little bit. Three navy vessels participated in the rescue mission along the coast of the province of Trincomale, eventually coordinating with a team of Navy Divers to help guide the elephants back to shore. Neither of the animals were harmed in the rescue mission, according to an official statement from the Sri Lanka navy. The jumbos…

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Man, 20, dies after east London police pursuit – BBC News

July 24, 2017

The film, recorded by a security camera, shows a young man entering a shop pursued by a uniformed police officer. In the footage, there is a struggle on the floor, and the man appears to put his hand to his mouth. Another man in plain clothes is seen helping the officer. The man they are trying to arrest is seen handcuffed with his hands behind his back. Scotland Yard said…

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Rugby ref Nigel Owens reveals ongoing bulimia battle – BBC News

July 23, 2017

I took an overdose, laid down on a Welsh mountainside and waited to die. Doctors later told me I was just 20 minutes from death when I was airlifted to hospital by a police helicopter. So I got a second chance. I was determined not to waste it and using my experience to help someone else is a pretty good way of ensuring that. Which brings me onto another “first”;…

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Female stars call on BBC ‘to sort gender pay gap now’ – BBC News

July 23, 2017

How much do BBC stars earn? What else did we learn? What will the industry make of star pay? Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between 450,000 and 500,000 last year, while the One Show’s Alex Jones was second, earning between 400,000 and 450,000. Discrimination Signatories to the letter also include BBC Sport’s Sue Barker, Today programme journalists Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague, presenter Fiona Bruce and the…

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‘Simpsons’ Creator Matt Groening Leads Comic-Con Crowd In Anti-Trump Cheer

July 23, 2017

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening made no secret of his feelings about Donald Trump at a Comic-Con panel on Saturday. He led the crowd of hundreds of fans in a rousing chant:Lock Him Up! not racist, but No. 1 with racists. Then Bill OReilly called us pinheads and look what happened, Groening said. That may be what inspired Groening to lead the crowd in a loud enthusiastic lock him up…

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90 hospitalized during Chance the Rapper concert

July 23, 2017

(CNN)More than 90 people were hospitalized in Connecticut during a concert headlined by musician Chance the Rapper, authorities said. He described it as a “busy night, saying most patients were underage concertgoers who suffered severe alcohol intoxication.

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‘Why my brain injury gets me arrested’ – BBC News

July 23, 2017

He had been in Cyprus for just seven weeks. Image copyright Headway “There’s no time or place to my memories. My brain and memory are like a brick wall where you throw bits of mud at it – some of it sticks, some slide off and other ones bounce off.” Other symptoms of his brain injury have got him into trouble with the law as he can appear drunk and…

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Trump ‘Loved’ His New Communications Director’s Feud With CNN

July 22, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, recalled his own personal incident with CNN on Friday when the networks White House correspondent asked about the relationship he wants with the media. I thought I handled it well, he said of a now-retracted CNN story about him. You guys said something about me that was totally unfair and untrue. You retracted it and issued me an apology. And I accepted…

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Trump Jr. And Manafort Reach Agreement With Senate Panel To Put Off Public Hearing

July 22, 2017

Trump Jr. and Manafort have both agreed to hand over any relevant documents about Russian contacts to the committee and to be interviewed in private prior to any public session, CNNreported Friday. Both Donald Trump, Jr. and Paul Manafort, through their attorneys, have agreed to negotiate and provide the committee with documents and be interviewed by committee members and staff prior to a public hearing, their joint statement read. Glenn…

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Two Baltimore detectives plead guilty in racketeering case

July 22, 2017

(CNN)Two former Baltimore police officers pleaded guilty Friday to federal racketeering charges, admitting that they committed armed robberies, made fraudulent overtime claims and filed false affidavits. In one instance, Hendrix and Ward, allegedly with another officer, stole $17,000 in cash from a suspect’s house following a SWAT raid.

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Fire near Yosemite has destroyed 58 homes, displaced thousands

July 22, 2017

(CNN)About an hour’s drive outside California’s Yosemite National Park, the Mariposa Lodge was empty Friday, save for front desk clerk Sara Beskind. Her chief reason for working Friday: answering the phone, canceling Friday-night reservations for would-be guests and telling them she’s not sure when the hotel can have people stay there again.

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Body of Salvador Dali exhumed for paternity test

July 22, 2017

(CNN)The body of Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali was exhumed Thursday, following a Madrid court ruling in favor of a woman who claims to be his daughter. The 61-year-old woman says her mother, who was a maid in one of Dali’s seasonal homes in Port Lligat, maintained a clandestine relationship with the artist. Abel wants a paternity test.

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Why is everyone talking about Russian adoptions?

July 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an encounter not initially disclosed on the sidelines of an international summit this month. One of the topics, according to Trump? Russian adoptions. So why are adoptions of Russian children by US parents, which are currently banned, such a hot topic of conversation for Russian officials and representatives?

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Officials: Anthony Scaramucci considered for White House communications director

July 21, 2017

(CNN)Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge fund manager-turned-campaign fundraiser and trusted adviser to President Donald Trump, is being considered to take on the role of White House communications director, two senior administration officials said Thursday night. Scaramucci came under consideration for the job after he was tapped last month to become the vice president and chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank. The communications director position would be a first for Scaramucci,…

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Marawi siege could herald new era of extremism in Asia, report says

July 21, 2017

(CNN)The ongoing siege of the southern Philippines city of Marawi could be just the beginning of a wider Asian problem of Islamist extremism, according to a new report by a regional think tank. For two months the Philippines military has been trying to push ISIS fighters out of Marawi after militants launched an offensive on May 23 to establish a caliphate in the Philippines. US forces helping Philippines battle ISIS-linked…

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Laughing at ISIS to defeat them

July 21, 2017

Mumbai, India (CNN)Deep in the outskirts of Mumbai, India, tucked away in a small conference room among dozens of buildings known as Bollywood’s “Film City,” the US government is implementing a unique, and until now, unknown counterterrorism program aimed at diminishing the online influence of terror groups like ISIS – by making fun of them. Standing next to a white board that reads “Fighting Terror With Comedy,” Mathur is joined…

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