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Published: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:07:50 -0400

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Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:39:35 -0400

(image) Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku. Within hours of the attack on Friday the force had announced increased police patrols across the country. Two dead and six injured," Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square.



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Moroccan suspect in Barcelona attack turned more conservative in past year: family

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:37:37 -0400

(image) By Samia Errazzouki MRIRT, Morocco (Reuters) - A suspect still at large after the Barcelona van attack began showing more religiously conservative behavior within the past year and refused to shake hands with women during a visit to his birthplace in Morocco in March, family members say. The relatives expressed shock and anger on Sunday after discovering the alleged involvement in the Barcelona attack of Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, as well as his brother and two cousins, all originally from the small Moroccan town of Mrirt. Abouyaaqoub is one of 12 suspects in Thursday's attack on Las Ramblas, Barcelona's most famous boulevard, in which a van plowed into holidaymakers, killing 13 people.





'A lot of years and not enough change': Protesters in New York rally against white supremacy

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:45:00 -0400

(image) In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, right-wing groups have cancelled rallies around the country. In New York, dozens of people took part in a rally outside Google’s corporate campus. The protest organisers, however, cancelled the rally days before, citing “alt left terrorist threats”.



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Evacuation orders affect hundreds in California, Oregon

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:16:16 -0400

(image) SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that's a prime location for viewing the eclipse.



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Flying dogs caught in action

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:30:30 -0400

(image) These excited pooches are flying without wings in this series of hilarious images. Taken in July by photographer Peter Mueller, Each photo shows the canines’ exuberant facial expressions, as they appear to be leaping through the air.











Wreckage of lost ship USS Indianapolis found after seven decades

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:47:13 -0400

(image) Researchers announced Saturday they discovered wreckage of the lost warship the USS Indianapolis, 72 years after the World War II cruiser was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The wreckage was found in the Philippine Sea 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) below the surface, according to philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who headed the civilian research crew that located the ship. The ship was hit in the final days of World War II just after completing a secret mission delivering parts of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima.



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German writer critical of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in Spain

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:47:05 -0400

(image) By Thomas Escritt BERLIN (Reuters) - German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies. The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a "targeted hunt against critics of the Turkish government living abroad in Europe," Akhanli's lawyer Ilias Uyar told magazine Der Spiegel, which first reported Akhanli's detention. Any country can issue an Interpol "red notice", but extradition by Spain would only follow if Ankara could convince Spanish courts it had a real case against him.



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6 Police Officers Shot In Three Different Cities, 1 Dead

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:03:35 -0400

(image) While two shooting incidents took place in Kissimmee and Jacksonville in Florida, the third incident occurred at Fairchance in Pennsylvania.



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Indian woman wins divorce over lack of toilet

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:54:18 -0400

(image) An Indian court has given a woman permission to divorce her husband because their home did not have a toilet, forcing her to seek relief outdoors. Justice Rajendra Kumar Sharma said women in villages often endured physical pain waiting until darkness to relieve themselves outdoors. The judge labelled open defecation -- a major health problem in India -- disgraceful and deemed it torture to deny women a safe environment for relief, the woman's lawyer Rajesh Sharma told AFP.



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Donald Trump Jr: US investigators 'examining President's son's meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:55:07 -0400

(image) A team of special prosecutors appointed to examine the alleged link between Donald Trump’s election campaign and Moscow are reportedly focusing their efforts on the President’s son. The prosecutors, led by Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI, are now trying to find out Mr Trump Jr’s motives in attending the meeting, according to Buzzfeed News, which cited a source close to the investigation. Ms Veselnitskaya is alleged to have links to the Russian government but has denied wielding any influence.



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Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drug

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:03:39 -0400

(image) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A death penalty expert says Arkansas' recent purchase of a lethal injection drug — in a small amount and at a cheap price — suggests the state has found a reliable supplier to help it move 30 inmates from death row to the execution chamber.



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Manhunt Underway for Barcelona Van Attack Suspect

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:45:54 -0400

(image) Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub is believed to have been driving the van that struck tourists on Las Ramblas.



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Elderly Swiss couple found murdered in Kenya's Mombasa city

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:46:29 -0400

(image) By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - The bodies of an elderly Swiss couple were found dumped by a country road in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa with severe injuries on Sunday, police said, and the caretaker of a property where they had been due to stay was being sought for questioning. Regional police chief Larry Kiyeng identified them by name and said they had flown into Kenya on Saturday and had planned to stay at a private residence in Nyali, an upmarket estate in Mombasa. The couple, who appeared to be between 60 and 70 years old, were found wrapped in a blanket near a local nightclub on the outskirts of Mombasa, area police chief Christopher Rotich said.  "They have severe injuries.





Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:40:18 -0400

(image) Many areas of the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21, 2017, but there are some important safety concerns when it comes to experiencing an eclipse. A total solar eclipse will start in Oregon and stretch across the country all the way to South Carolina -- find out if you are in the eclipse's path of totality HERE -- with most people getting to see a partial eclipse. According to NASA, the only safe way to look at the sun during this event with special-purpose solar filters, commonly called “eclipse glasses” or a hand-held solar viewer.



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Former Obama DHS Secretary: 'Confederate monuments are a threat to public safety'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:00:39 -0400

(image) Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Confederate monuments are "becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalism, for neo-Nazis, for the KKK."



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Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:42:29 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes.



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Boston 'free speech' demonstrators outnumbered by counter-protesters

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:05:00 -0400

(image) Right-leaning groups, made up of "libertarians, conservatives, traditionalists, classical liberals, [and] Trump supporters" gathered in Boston for a "free speech" rally on Saturday. However, the rally ended earlier than organizers planned after ten of thousands of counter-protesters made their presence known and their voices heard.



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Young Taiwanese choose China jobs over politics

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:55:46 -0400

(image) Taiwan has long seen its international allies switching allegiance to an ascendant Beijing, but now there are also fears of a brain drain of the island's youth as they pursue careers in rival China. Cross-strait tensions have soared since China-sceptic Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, with Beijing cutting all official communication. China still sees the self-ruling island as part of its territory to be reunified, but young people in particular have increasingly developed a sense of pride in their Taiwanese identity.



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Father jumps car over open drawbridge in terrifying stunt to save family

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:19:00 -0400

(image) A father drove his car over an opening drawbridge in a death-defying stunt to avoid plunging into the water below. Terence Naphys was crossing New Jersey's Middle Thorofare Bridge with his family when its steel ramp began to lift beneath them. Mr Naphys was reportedly already near the centre of the bridge and was forced to accelerate his Toyota RAV 4 to jump the 6ft gap out of fear the car would fall 65ft into the deep bay below.



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Indiana's Donnelly, a top GOP target, starts re-election bid

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:54:40 -0400

(image) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is positioning himself as a moderate who will fight for "common sense and compromise" as he launches a re-election bid in a state that President Donald Trump easily won last year.



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Oxford University employee and US academic brought to Chicago to face murder charges

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:11:59 -0400

Two employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist were returned to Chicago early Saturday to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing. Chicago police escorted fired Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren, 56, from Northern California, where they surrendered peacefully on Aug. 4 after an eight-day, nationwide manhunt. Detectives were questioning the men Saturday. They could appear in court as early as Sunday. The men are accused of killing Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native who had been living in Chicago, last month in Lathem's high-rise Chicago condo. Chicago police have said Cornell-Duranleau suffered more than 40 stab wounds, including "mutilations," to his upper body. Authorities say the attack was so violent the blade of the knife they believe was used was broken. They found Cornell-Duranleau's body July 27 after the building's front desk received an anonymous call that a crime had occurred on the 10th floor. He had been dead more than 12 hours. By then, authorities say Lathem and Warren had fled the city. According to autopsy results released Friday by the Cook County medical examiner's office, Cornell-Duranleau had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. Wyndham Lathem Credit: Chicago Police Department/PA Police say Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area about a year ago, had a personal relationship, though they have not described the nature of it or a motive for the attack. It's unclear what the relationship was between Lathem, Cornell-Duranleau and Warren, who's British. He arrived in the U.S. three days before the killing, after being reported missing in Great Britain. Lathem, a microbiologist who's been on Northwestern's faculty since 2007 but was not teaching at the time of the attack, was terminated by the university for fleeing from police when there was an arrest warrant out for him. Investigators said the day after the crime was committed Lathem and Warren drove about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northwest of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. One of the men made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau's name. Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn't give his name. Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau Credit: Facebook At another point after the killing, Lathem sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in the crime, which he called the "biggest mistake of my life." The video raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself. Lathem and Warren both appeared in court in California last week, where they agreed to return to Illinois to face charges. An attorney for Lathem, Kenneth H. Wine, called him a "gentle soul" and said "what he is accused of is totally contrary to the way he has lived his entire life." Wine said Lathem intends to plead not guilty to the charges. Warren was represented by a public defender during a brief appearance in a San Francisco court. She said he is "presumed innocent," but declined to comment further. [...]


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Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalism

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:33:46 -0400

(image) The decision to take down the statue followed discussions among students, faculty, staff and alumni about maintaining safety on campus, university President Vincent E. Price said in a statement. "I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university," Price said. The prestigious university will preserve the statue of Lee, who led Confederate forces in the American Civil War of 1861-1865, and use it as an educational tool so that students can study "Duke's complex past," Price added.



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Muslims fear anti-Islam backlash in tolerant Barcelona

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:29:22 -0400

(image) Prayer time is approaching but Raja Miah, an imam at a tiny mosque in the heart of Barcelona does not expect a big turnout. Since the twin attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils claimed by the Islamic State group, the Muslim community in central Barcelona's neighbourhood of Raval fears an anti-Islam backlash. "People are very scared," said Miah, 23, as he sat in a small room at the mosque in Raval as a small group of children in an adjoining room studied the Koran.



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Iran parliament clears oil, foreign ministers for Rouhani's new cabinet

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:21:35 -0400

(image) By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to keep the oil and foreign ministers, two of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani's key members of cabinet, in their posts. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has been credited with the boost in Iran's crude output since many global sanctions were lifted last year and with a multi-billion-dollar deal with France's Total to develop South Pars, the world's largest gas field. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was Iran's lead negotiator in the landmark 2015 agreement in which Western powers agreed to rescind sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbs on its disputed nuclear program.



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SeaWorld: Former trainer says deaths of three killer whales a 'disgrace to humanity'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:46:00 -0400

(image) A former killer whale trainer at SeaWorld has spoken out about conditions at the attraction, after the deaths of three orcas there this year. Last week, Kasatka became the third killer whale at the Californian theme park to die. The orca was 41 years old, making her the oldest killer whale at SeaWorld in San Diego.



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Trump: 'Decisions made' on Afghanistan and beyond

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:52:45 -0400

(image) US President Donald Trump tweeted early Saturday that "many decisions" had been made in a meeting with his top military advisers, including on the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. The Trump administration, wary of international involvements but eager for progress in the grueling Afghan war, has been weighing a range of options. There are now about 8,400 US and 5,000 NATO troops supporting Afghanistan's security forces in the fight against Taliban and other militants.



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Amazon’s sale makes now the perfect time to find out why everyone’s obsessed with Google Wifi

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:43:52 -0400

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Google is known far and wide for its software and services. Can you even imagine what life would be like without products like Google Search, Gmail, and Google Maps? Of course, Google has also seriously stepped things up in recent years where its hardware efforts are concerned, and there is perhaps no product that better exemplifies how good Google’s gadgets can be than the Google Wifi System. This mesh wireless solution blankets your home with lightning-fast Wi-Fi, and it costs far less than most other big-name solutions — including our favorite mesh system. Google Wifi is discounted right now on Amazon, so it’s the perfect time to give your home wireless network a huge boost.

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • A new type of connected system for seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, helping eliminate dead zones and buffering
  • Replaces your current router, and works your modem and internet service. It’s compatible with major internet service providers including Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon Fios
  • A single Wifi point covers up to 1,500 sq. ft, a set of three covers homes up to 4,500 sq. ft. Wifi points work together so you can add more if you need additional coverage
  • Network Assist technology keeps your connection fast by always selecting the clearest channel and fastest band for your devices
  • A simple app gets you set up quickly and allows you to see what’s connected, prioritize devices, and pause the Wi-Fi on kids’ devices



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Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:46:23 -0400

(image) Saudi Arabia on Sunday said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. "Saudi Arabian Airlines director general Saleh al-Jasser has said that the airline has thus far been unable to schedule flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha," read a report on the SPA news agency. "Qatari authorities have not allowed the aircraft to land as it did not have the right paperwork, although the paperwork was filed days ago," SPA said.



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The Latest: Notre Dame holds Mass for world's attack victims

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:12:48 -0400

(image) BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils (all times local):



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VW gives green light for electric version of classic Microbus camper van

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:00:13 -0400

(image) Volkswagen has decided to go ahead with production of an electric version of its classic Microbus camper van as it seeks to boost its electric vehicle credentials. The potential battery-powered revamp of the van, known as the Bulli in Germany, was first announced at the Detroit auto show in January. "After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, 'please build this car'," Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess said in a statement.



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You probably think your dog is cool and yet, can it even shop for groceries?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:35:59 -0400

(image) There's not much to this post, and yet it is perhaps the most important thing I have ever written. Here is what I know: there is a dog, somewhere (perhaps the Bay Area, California), and that dog is pushing a shopping cart around in a grocery store. The dog appears to be a German Shepherd, and the grocery store appears to be well-stocked. SEE ALSO: Extremely excited pup just can't wait to catch the bus to doggy school You may be thinking, "So what? It's a fluke, the dog just happened to jump up on the cart." Wrong. Exhibit B: Look, that's it, okay? That's all I have for this one. The dog is pushing a shopping cart. It is one of the best things I have ever seen in my life and more than 70,000 people have faved the dog. I wish I had more information to give you about this dog and yet, at the same time, I am happy that there is still some mystery in the world.  Have a nice day and remember not to stare directly at the sun. WATCH: How to watch the solar eclipse without burning your eyes out



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How the Republican party quietly does the bidding of white supremacists | Russ Feingold

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:00:11 -0400

(image) Let us finally rip off the veneer that Trump’s affinity for white supremacy is distinct from the Republican agenda. The phony claimed outrage becomes dangerous if it convinces anyone that there is a distinction between Trump’s abhorrent comments and the Republican Party agenda. It is the unmasking of the Republican party leadership.



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Dashcam video shows white cop punching black man during stop

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:00:20 -0400

(image) CLEVELAND (AP) — A dashcam video of a traffic stop that led to a white police officer with a history of disciplinary issues repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on pavement appears to show a different sequence of events than police had originally described.



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State funeral for Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:29:52 -0400

(image) Ruth Pfau, a German nun who devoted her life to combatting leprosy in Pakistan, was buried with full state honours on Saturday, in an unprecedented service for a foreign Christian in the Muslim-majority country. Pfau, who died at the age of 87 on August 10 was known locally as Pakistan's Mother Teresa. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain attended the state funeral service at St Patrick's Cathedral in the city, where hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects.



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What Is a Partial Solar Eclipse?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:00:33 -0400

(image) Even outside the path of totality, North Americans will experience a partial eclipse on Monday



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iPhone 8 wireless charger to be sold as separate accessory, reports show

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:00:00 -0400

The iPhone 8's wireless charging feature could be sold as an optional extra, leaked images of Apple's wireless charging pads have revealed. John Gruber, an Apple expert, said the iPhone 8 could work with a wireless charger, but could require an additional accessory in order to work.  I’ve heard that inductive charging will (a) be sold separately, and (b) might be late, waiting for iOS 11.1 (a la Portrait mode last year). https://t.co/N65dHMNQIJ— John Gruber (@gruber) July 8, 2017 Leaked pictures on Chinese social media appear to confirm that Apple is working on a wireless charger ahead of its release of the iPhone 8 next month. The charging pads in the images are expected to have been designed for the iPhone 8, but will be sold separately. They could also work with two other devices, possibly called the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. Rival Android smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, have featured wireless charging for a number of years. The iPhone 8 could be the first Apple phone to include the technology, which allows users to power-up their device without plugging it in by placing it on an inductive surface.  Alleged pictures of the charing modules Credit: Weibo The images of the wireless charging pads appeared on Chinese social media platform Weibo, according to Macrumours. Their authenticity cannot be verified. However, multiple reports about the iPhone 8 have suggested wireless charging will be embedded in the phone.   Earlier this year Robert Hwang, chief executive of Apple supply chain company Wistron, revealed the iPhone 8 will come with wireless charging and waterproofing. "New features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit," he said. Apple has previously filed patents for charging smartphones using Wi-Fi signals. But it appears the company will opt for inductive technology rather than the signal method for the iPhone 8.  The pictures first appeared on Chinese social media site Weibo Credit: Weibo iPhone 8 release date The iPhone 8, if indeed it is called that, has been rumoured to include an OLED screen, wireless charging, facial recognition, an edge-to-edge display and - for the first time - no home button.  It is expected to be released in early September on Tuesday September 5 or Wednesday September 6 for the iPhone 8 release. Because the Monday is a US holiday, Wednesday might be more likely. What will the iPhone 8 look like?[...]


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Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian border

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:13:14 -0400

(image) By Tom Perry and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria, as the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier. The Lebanese army operation got underway at 5 a.m. (0200 GMT), targeting Islamic State positions near the town of Ras Baalbek with rockets, artillery and helicopters, a Lebanese security source said.



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Apple Watch sales expected to jump by 33% in 2018

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:52:32 -0400

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For a company that typically likes boasting about unit sales, Apple has made a point of never releasing Apple Watch sales figures. Even though Tim Cook has routinely said that Apple Watch sales have steadily increased since its initial release -- even going so far as to categorize Apple Watch sales as 'off the charts' a few months ago -- the company has remained curiously quiet about how many are actually flying off the shelves.

Regardless, a recent report claims that Apple Watch sales in the coming year are poised to increase by an impressive 33%. Citing sources in the supply chain, Digitimes relays that Apple Watch sales in 2018 may check in at 20 million units, a solid increase from the 15 million units  Apple is expected to sell once 2017 comes to a close.

With Apple ready to launch its third-generation Apple Watch, Apple's overall smartwatch shipments are expected to rise to 4.5 million units in the fourth quarter and hit 15 million for the whole year 2017, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

The sources expect the volume to rise to 20 million units in 2018.

As for overall Apple Watch sales, Strategy Analytics published a research note earlier this month claiming that cumulative Apple Watch sales now stand in the 30 million range since the device launched in April of 2015. That said, if projections above are anywhere close to being accurate, Apple will have sold 50 million Apple Watch devices by the time 2019 rolls around.

On a related note, Apple is reportedly prepping the release of its next-gen Apple Watch, a device that will reportedly offer up improvements in performance, battery life and more. Most notably, the third-gen Apple Watch will include an LTE option.



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After firing, Bannon returns to his 'killing machine'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:17:46 -0400

(image) By James Oliphant and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With Stephen Bannon, the worry always was that he could be even more disruptive to President Donald Trump’s White House from outside than he was within. In the hours following his firing on Friday, those fears seemed warranted, as the conservative voices who viewed Bannon as one of their own howled in rage over Trump's decision to fire his chief strategist. The reaction was most notable from Breitbart News, the hard-right news site that Bannon ran before he joined Trump’s presidential campaign last year.



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