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Published: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:52:49 -0400

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From Barcelona to Charlottesville: How Trump's responses differed

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:24:30 -0400

(image) In the aftermath of the attacks in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday and Charlottesville, Va., five days earlier, President Trump offered very different reactions.

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Two People in Custody in Connection With Barcelona Attack

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

(image) Authorities say neither of them was the driver in the vehicle attack, which killed more than a dozen people in the famous Las Ramblas area.

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Finland stabbings: Police 'do not rule out terrorism' after knife rampage leaves two dead

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:18:22 -0400

(image) Finnish authorities stepped up security around the country after a stabbing rampage left two people dead and half a dozen wounded in a western city. One suspect was arrested after being shot by armed police and officers launched a search for other possible perpetrators following the attack in the city-centre of Turku on Friday. Press conference from Turku at Finnish Yle TV1 just started. Confirmed: 8 stabbed 2 dead. Perpetrator in custody. My heart breaks. #Turku— Elina Nikulainen (@ElinaNikulainen) August 18, 2017 But investigators said it was too early to attribute the attack to international terrorism or to link it to the attacks in Spain the previous day. “I emphasise that the identity and motive of the perpetrator are not yet known,” Paula Rissiko, the interior minister, told reporters on Friday evening. A video grab taken from Instagram shows officials standing in a street next to a person lying on the ground in the Finnish city of Turku Credit:  KIRSI KANERVA/AFP About half a dozen people were seen lying on the ground in the centre of Turku, a city of 180,000 in the southwest of the country, as the attack unfolded at 4 PM local time. The police is searching for possible more perpetrators in Turku. People are asked to leave and avoid the center of Turku.— L-S poliisi (@L_S_poliisi) August 18, 2017 Witnesses reported seeing seeing a woman with stroller being attacked by a man with a large knife. Video footage filmed shortly after the attack showed people running in a panic down one of the city's main streets. People flee stabbing attack in Turku, Finland 00:18 "Nothing is known about the motives ... or what precisely has happened in Turku," Seppo Kolehmainen, Finland’s top police chief, told the country’s YLE broadcaster. The suspect in custody, who was detained after police shot him, has not been named. Police announced Turku was “safe” again on Friday evening, suggesting their manhunt for other attackers had been called off. Armed police had reinforced security at Helsinki airport and train stations following the attack, which comes amid a heightened tensions following yesterday's terrorist attack in Barcelona. Armed policemen on duty at Helsinki airport after a stabbing attack in the city of Turku Credit: LEHTIKUVA/Reuters In 2012, Finland's then-prime minister Jyrki Katainen escaped a knife attack in Turku while campaigning for municipal elections. Finland's Security Intelligence Service (Supo) earlier said it had no indication that individuals in Finland were linked to the Barcelona attacks and that the country's threat assessment would remain unchanged, at an "elevated" level.

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10-Year-Old Indian Rape Victim Delivers Baby After Denied Abortion

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:36:19 -0400

(image) "The child is too young for a normal delivery. Her pelvic bones are not strong enough to push the baby and she does not have the stamina to bear labor pain."

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Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears burqa in Parliament

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:53:06 -0400

(image) CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers.

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White Supremacists Are Using Genetic Ancestry Tests For A Creepy Purpose

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:56:13 -0400

(image) It’s a marketing trope often repeated in viral, feel-good commercials for genetic ancestry tests: If we only knew just how related we all were, even distantly, then prejudice and racism would cease to exist.

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Syrian army encircles Islamic State in central Syria advance

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:31:21 -0400

(image) Syria's army and its allies have encircled an Islamic State (IS) pocket in central Syria after a series of advances in the desert region, state media, a Hezbollah military media unit and a war monitor said on Friday. President Bashar al-Assad's military has advanced against Islamic State along two prongs towards Deir al-Zor province this year, leaving a large jihadist salient stretching back west between them. Its forces have now cut off part of that salient with a pincer movement, enclosing a large Islamic State enclave around the village of Uqairabat, the state news agency SANA reported.

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Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:42:40 -0400

(image) CHULAFINNEE, Ala. (AP) — White Southerners who equate Old South symbols with regional pride rather than hate are even more on the defensive since neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other extremists became the face of the fight over Confederate monuments.

Trump: Keep our 'beautiful' Confederate monuments

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:44:28 -0400

(image) “The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” the president tweeted.

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Trump Resurrects Anti-Muslim Myth in Wake of Barcelona Attack

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:36:12 -0400

(image) In a tweet after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona, Trump suggested studying a debunked myth about U.S. General John Pershing executing dozens of Muslim prisoners in the Philippines.

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Several people stabbed in Finnish city of Turku

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:48:43 -0400

(image) Several people were stabbed in an knife attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday but it was not immediately clear if this was a militant action or had some other motive. The Turun Sanomat newspaper reported that at least one person was killed in the attack. Newspaper Helsingin Sanomat said eight people had been taken to hospital following the stabbings, some of them are in critical condition.

CCTV shows woman fighting off sexual predator as people walk past in street

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:15:00 -0400

(image) Police have released CCTV footage showing a woman's struggle to fight off a sexual predator who was pulling her clothes off on the street as people walked past just metres away. Los Angeles Police Department released the video clip and a sketch of the suspect, who is believed to be Hispanic and aged between 40 and 50, after the incident near Van Nuys Boulevard. The victim “fought like a tiger” and screamed “fire” repeatedly until the man ran away, Captain Lilian Carranza said in a news conference.

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Hero police officer shot dead four terrorists in Cambrils and saved injured partner's life

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:56:28 -0400

(image) An outnumbered police officer shot dead four of the five terrorists who attacked the seaside city of Cambrils last night, saving his injured partner’s life, according to a dramatic account of the shootout. The officers were carrying out a routine check at a roundabout near the seafront of Cambrils when the terrorists launched their attack, which, it was confirmed today, killed one woman. Their white Audi A3, coming from the direction of the city, ploughed through four pedestrians before smashing into the police car and overturning. The crash left one officer with a broken tibia and an injured head. According to a report in the La Vanguardia newspaper, the five men got out of the overturned vehicle, armed with knives and axes, and wearing false explosives.  The overturned car used in the attack in Cambrils Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP The hero police office shot down four of the terrorists and the fifth fled in the direction of a nearby park, stabbing a pedestrian in the face with a knife. He was gunned down by a separate police officer. The chief of Mossa, the Catalan police force, confirmed that one officer had killed the four terrrorists.  Josep Luis Trapero told reporters at a press conference: "To kill four people, even if you are a professional, is not easy to digest." Video footage has emerged of one of the terrorists taunting police before being shot down. A British tourist told how families and residents were ordered to take cover as bullets tore through the air in a scene he described as being like "watching a horror film". Terror in Spain: Dozens killed and injured in Barcelona and Cambrils A total of five civilians were injured in the attack with a sixth dying from her injuries in hospital. Cambrils is tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Earlier in Barcelona a van had sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. One tourist told how families and residents were ordered to take cover as bullets tore through the air in a scene he described as being like "watching a horror film". A terrorist heads towards police armed with a knife Credit: Sky News A total of five civilians were injured in the attack with a sixth dying from her injuries in hospital. Cambril is tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Earlier in Barcelona a van had sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Barcelona attack key articles  

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Canada wants to curb surge in walk-in asylum seekers from US

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:42:17 -0400

(image) Canadian officials warned Thursday against entering the country unchecked through backwoods in an effort to curb a surge in asylum seekers coming on foot from the United States. Landing in Canada "is not an automatic ticket to being accepted here as a refugee," Transportation Minister Marc Garneau told a press conference in the Quebec border town Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, about 60 kilometers (38 miles) south of Montreal. The town has witnessed a recent dramatic spike in walk-in asylum seekers.

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Arkansas has new supply of lethal drug; execution to be set

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:11:21 -0400

(image) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has a new supply of a controversial lethal injection drug months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period, officials said Thursday, as the state prepared to set an execution date for an inmate.

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China military criticizes 'wrong' U.S. moves on Taiwan, South China Sea

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:22:12 -0400

(image) The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday. Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China's powerful Central Military Commission, told Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, that mutual trust mechanisms between the two militaries had continued to improve, China's defense ministry said.

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Deadly van attack in Barcelona claimed by ISIS

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:58:50 -0400

(image) A manhunt is underway for the driver of a van that mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona’s most famous avenue on Thursday, killing at least 13 people in an attack that was claimed by Islamic State. Police said they arrested two men, a Moroccan and a man from Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla, though neither was the driver. Also on Thursday, hours beforehand, a person was killed in an explosion in a house about 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Barcelona, in an incident linked to the attack, police added.

American Airlines Accused Of Destroying Woman's Wedding Dress

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:10:50 -0400

(image) The court papers claimed Yewande Oteh of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, decided to sue the airline after it failed to prevent or investigate the incident.

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World's Saddest Right-Wing Protest Draws 7 People To Seattle's Lenin Statue

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:22:46 -0400

(image) Far-right “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec tweeted videos and photos Wednesday showing him leading a group of people protesting a Vladimir Lenin statue in Seattle. Video shows Posobiec leading the group in a chant of “tear it down, tear it down” as the protesters — wearing “Make America Great Again” caps and holding placards bearing phrases like “Lenin is Hitler” and “Alt Left Hate” — marched around the statue.It appears that about 7 people, including Posobiec, attended the demonstration. Trump Supporters Demand Marxist Statue of Lenin Must Be Torn Down pic.twitter. ...

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'My life is over': Man who attended Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally forced to move away after being identified

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:17:41 -0400

(image) A man who attended the white supremacist march in Charlottesville has told how his “life is over” after being publicly identified. Jarrod Kuhn was identified as a “nazi” after an anti-fascist group posted 250 fliers around the Honeoye Falls area of New York in the aftermath of the Virginia bloodshed that left three people dead. The flier claimed Mr Kuhn is a “leading figure with the Daily Stormer, an avowedly neo-Nazi website around which local groups have been organizing to promote anti-Semitism, white supremacy and violence against LGBTQ communities,” according to the Livingston County news.

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Man believed to have killed wife, 7-year-old, dog, then self

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:06:35 -0400

(image) LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A man is believed to have killed his wife, their 7-year-old son and the family dog in their New Jersey home before killing himself, authorities said Thursday.

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:55:41 -0400

(image) By Bulent Usta ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month's elections. The comments, some of Erdogan's harshest yet against Merkel, drew a furious response from Merkel, her government and some Turkish organisations in Germany, illustrating the widening divide between the NATO allies and major trade partners. "I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany: the Christian Democrats, SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey.

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Quiet seaside resort of Cambrils emerges from a terrifying night

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:57:59 -0400

(image) Markel Artabe had just finished his shift as a waiter in Cambrils and was heading off for an ice-cream when he heard shots: only a few hours after the carnage in Barcelona, the Catalan coast was suffering another attack. "Then we heard shots and thought 'it must be fireworks'... But it was gunshots," said the waiter in the seaside resort 120 kilometres south of Barcelona in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

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Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:11:56 -0400

(image) MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.

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Trump Officials May Be Privately 'Upset,' But They're Still Working For Him

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:58:51 -0400

(image) The steady stream of leaks describing senior officials in President Donald Trump’s administration as privately “upset” or “fuming” over his ambiguous stance toward white supremacists makes for interesting reading, but it hasn’t spurred concrete public action by the aides.

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9 Travel Ideas for Adrenaline Junkies

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:37:04 -0400


Did outing Charlottesville's white supremacists just make them more committed?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:28:13 -0400

The “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday morning in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the first time 27-year-old Nigel Krofta attended a white nationalist event. He’s been active in the movement online, but last weekend he stepped out from behind his keyboard and stood clutching a billy club alongside the neo-Nazis, white nationalists, Klansmen, and other so-called alt-right marchers.  That day, Krofta met James Alex Fields Jr., who allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters just a few hours later, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. After the bloodshed, a photo of the two men, published by the New York Times, found its way to Twitter, where Krofta was identified by name—along with his hometown and the contact information for his employer. He was labeled an “area Nazi” by a journalist in Charleston, South Carolina, not far from Krofta’s home in Ridgeville. SEE ALSO: How you can take action against white supremacy after Charlottesville On Monday, Krofta said he started to receive threats. He was also promptly fired from his job as a welder. “My employer was being called with threats on their business and persons and they responded by discharging me,” the now-former metalworker told Mashable. “My actions and beliefs are mine and I do not want anyone to be hurt or harmed for being associated with me.” I talked to the Ridgeville man, also a white supremacist, shown next to accused murderer James Fields at rally. — Michael Majchrowicz (@mjmajchrowicz) August 14, 2017 For online activists seeking to identify the marchers at Saturday’s rally, this seems like mission accomplished: A participant faced real-world consequences, outside the confines of the white nationalist movement, where having Nazi sympathies makes you a pariah. But, while activists hope the threat of shame (and unemployment) will deter racists from joining future marches, their actions could have unintended consequences: pushing neo-Nazis out of the shadows could just force them to double down.Krofta is one of multiple marchers outed by online activists: In California, Cole White reportedly resigned from his job at a hotdog restaurant after his bosses caught wind of his involvement in Charlottesville over the weekend. In Nevada, 20-year-old University of Nevada at Reno student Peter Cvjetanovic got so much publicity he went on a local news program to explain that he is “not the angry racist they see in that photo.” The photo to which he’s referring shows Cvjetanovic—and his Hitler-esque hairstyle—carrying a torch and screeching alongside other white nationalists the night before Saturday’s deadly rally. In Fargo, North Dakota, the shame of seeing his son marching with known bigots prompted a father to pen a lengthy op-ed for a local newspaper essentially disowning his racist son. “I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions,” he wrote. UPDATE: Cole White, the first person I exposed, no longer has a job ‍♂️ #GoodNightColeWhite #ExposeTheAltRight [...]

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Ex-NY governor hopeful who insulted Obamas kicked off board

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:45:48 -0400

(image) BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — One-time Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino, whose published insults of former President Barack Obama provoked a public uproar, was removed from Buffalo's school board Thursday for improperly discussing teacher contract negotiations.

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Venezuela's constituent assembly assumes power to legislate

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:40:50 -0400

(image) By Brian Ellsworth and Corina Pons CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped power from the congress and shot down nearly every law it has approved since it was taken over by the opposition in 2016. Delcy Rodriguez, a Maduro ally and president of the constituent assembly, insisted the move did not imply a dissolution of the congress.

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Saudi coalition killed hundreds of children in Yemen, confidential UN report claims

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:03:00 -0400

(image) The Saudi military coalition – which receives logistical support, weapons and political backing from the US and UK – has been accused of killing hundreds of children in Yemen, according to a confidential UN report. The report, which has yet to be made public and could still be changed, says that 51 per cent of all child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year were the result of the Saudi-led military operation. Saudi Arabia has insisted it is operating within international law.

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Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalates

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:09:18 -0400

(image) By Erik De Castro and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs. Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first. Witnesses told the ABS-CBN channel that the teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run.

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Yes, A Big Victory In Texas On The Trans Bathroom Bill, But The Battle Is Far From Over

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:39:35 -0400

(image) Celebration is in order in Texas and around the country, as an attempt to pass a transgender “bathroom” bill went down in flames in a special session.

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Mexico City fishermen fight to save Aztec floating gardens

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:43:11 -0400

(image) Roberto Altamirano has the lake to himself as he casts his glistening net onto the still water in a perfect circle, lets it sink, then slowly pulls it in. It comes back bearing a large haul of tilapia and carp -- and that is exactly the problem. Altamirano is one of just 20 or so fishermen who remain in the floating gardens of Xochimilco, an idyllic network of lakes, canals and artificial islands improbably tucked into the urban sprawl of Mexico City.

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Barcelona terror attack: van crashes into crowd at Las Ramblas, killing 'at least 13'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:51:52 -0400

You can continue to follow the latest from the Barcelona terror attack here.   Terror in Barcelona as van hits crowd in Las Ramblas Driver arrested after escaping scene on foot Spanish media reports 13 people killed Trump: 'we'll do whatever is necessary to help'  Barcelona attack: Everything we know  A white van plowed into a packed summer crowd this evening in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack and local media reported 13 dead and dozens more injured. The driver was arrested around two and a half hours after the attack, reports said. The vehicle hit pedestrians in Las Ramblas, a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city. Catalan police tweeted "there are mortal victims and injured from the crash" without specifying any numbers. Spanish media, including Cadena SER radio station and TV3, reported up to 13 dead, while other media had varying death tolls. Pictured: the van reportedly used in the attack "Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries," a statement from Catalan police added. Barcelona terror attack, in pictures ​ The street is one of the most well-known and popular parts of the city, visited by tourists and locals alike. Images posted on social media appear to show people being tended to as they lay on the street. Reports said the driver escaped the scene on foot and was holed up in a bar in Tallers Street. Armed police ran down the streets and through a market, checking in stores and cafes. In photographs and videos, at least five people could be seen lying on the ground in the streets of the northern Spanish city on Thursday afternoon, being helped by police and others. Other video recorded people screaming as they fled the van. Mapped: Barcelona van attack Carol Augustin, a manager at La Palau Moja, an 18th-century place on Las Ramblas that houses government offices and a tourism information center, said the van passed right in front of the building. "We saw everything. People started screaming and running into the office. It was such a chaotic situation. There were families with children. The police made us close the doors and wait inside," she said. While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.     7:29PM Theresa May: 'UK stands with Spain against terror' Britain "stands with Spain against terror", Prime Minister Theresa May said following the deadly attack. "My thoughts are with the victims of today's terrible attack in Barcelona and the emergency services responding to this ongoing incident. The UK stands with Spain against terror," the prime minister wrote on Twitter. 7:04PM Donald Trump: w[...]

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Chinese traders furious after crackdown on N. Korean imports

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:06:49 -0400

(image) BEIJING (AP) — Furious Chinese businesspeople said Friday that Beijing's decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire northeastern city, sparking a rare public protest earlier this week after the surprise move suddenly choked off border trade.

Neo-Nazis are taking genetic tests and are deeply upset by the results

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:01:00 -0400

(image) White supremacists in the US are taking genetic tests to prove their racial identity but are being left bitterly disappointed to learn their genes are not as pure as they presumed. A new study from the University of California examined years’ worth of posts on Stormfront, a neo-Nazi forum which is the internet’s first major racial hate site, to decipher how members responded to their spit-in-a-cup genetic test results. White nationalists were up in arms to discover they were not 100 per cent white European and instead had African, Jewish or Asian genes.

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