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Published: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:26:24 -0400

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In wake of U.N. speech, Kim calls Trump a ‘dotard.’ Trump fires back at ‘madman.’

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:28:27 -0400

(image) President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have unleashed personal attacks on one another after the U.S. commander in chief’s speech at the United Nations. “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” Trump wrote Friday morning. Hours earlier, Kim delivered a barrage of epithets against Trump, calling “mentally deranged” and “a gangster fond of playing with fire,” according to the New York Times.

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James Comey's Speech Derailed By Protests During Howard University Convocation

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:57:10 -0400

(image) Former FBI director James Comey faced loud protests throughout his speech at Howard University’s convocation ceremony Friday, as activists chanted and sang traditional African-American spirituals over his remarks.

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Jeff Sessions' New Chief Of Staff: Mueller's Russia Probe Could Be A 'Witch Hunt'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:42:07 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed as his chief of staff a former federal prosecutor who has written that the special counsel investigation into the Trump administration could be turning into a “witch hunt.”

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DHS Begins Notifying States of Russian Hacks

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:01:38 -0400

(image) Rachel Maddow reports that even though the election was months ago, the Department of Homeland Security is only now calling every state individually to let them know if they were targetted by Russian hacking efforts.

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Red faces as Russian monument to creator of Kalashnikov depicts German rifle

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:53:43 -0400

(image) The monument in the heart of Moscow was supposed to be a tribute to Mikhail Kalashnikov, the creator of the AK-47 assault rifle. Unfortunately, things went wrong, spectacularly so. The etching on the plinth was not of a Kalashnikov but the StG 44 rifle used by the Nazis during WWII. The mistake was spotted by arms experts, the BBC reported. It left the authorities having to use an angle grinder to remove the offending image.  "A mistake has been made by the sculptor," executive director of the Russian Military Historical Society Vladislav Kononov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. A man uses an angle grinder as he removes a sketch allegedly featuring German StG44 rifle Credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP The AK-47 was, in fact, the Soviet answer to the Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44), which the German forces used from 1944. Determined to find an equally effective weapon, the Soviet Union launched a competition, which was won by Mikhail Kalashnikov. Having been wounded at the Battle of Bryansk, Kalashnikov began designing weapons. The AK-47 has been in use since the late 1940s. Kalashnikov, who died in 2013, aged 94 made little money out of his invention. Rather ruefully he said he wished he had designed a lawnmower. Although the AK-47 remains the most popular assault rifle in the world, last year the Kalashnikov company said it was branching out into menswear. "Kalashnikov is a global brand," said Kalashnikov's marketing director, Vladimir Dmitriyev, "and we rightly believe that clothing and souvenir products with our symbol will be in demand among buyers."

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Iran tests new medium-range missile, defying US warnings

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:37:31 -0400

(image) Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that such activities were grounds for abandoning their landmark nuclear deal. State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran on Friday. "As long as some speak in the language of threats, the strengthening of the country's defence capabilities will continue and Iran will not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile," Defence Minister Amir Hatami said in a statement.

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Melania Trump set to meet Prince Harry at Invictus Games

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:46:23 -0400

(image) Melania Trump is set to meet the UK's Prince Harry of Wales on Saturday, as the respective first lady and British Royal partake in the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games.

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Mass Killer Scott Dekraai Gets Life In Prison In Case Tainted By Government Misconduct

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:13:19 -0400

(image) ― Scott Dekraai, the shooter in the worst mass killing in Orange County, California, history, was sentenced on Friday to eight consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than receiving the death penalty, because of government misconduct linked to a jail informant program.

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Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:48:15 -0400

(image) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The sky was darkening Thursday afternoon as 10-year-old Sarah Jimenez laid out three plastic buckets on her grandmother's patio in hopes of capturing rainwater.

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Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:17:40 -0400

Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse today - September 23, 2017. Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by Nasa and other experts as an internet hoax. Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online. End of the world (23 Sept 2017) Of course, this isn't the first time time harbingers of doom have predicted the end of time; Nasa also had to deny the existence of Nibiru in 2012. Throughout history there have been similar claims, but thankfully none of them so far have been proved correct.  How did conspiracy theories about Planet X start? Online chatter about Nibiru began back in 1995 when Wisconsin native Nancy Lieder created the alien-conspiracy website ZetaTalk. Ms Lieder claims to be a conduit for aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system, 39.17 light years from Earth, who have warned her about the Nibiru catastrophe. The conspiracy theory hasn’t gone away, with so-called Christian numerologist David Meade claiming Planet X is heading in our direction. Meade believes October could see the start The Rapture and a seven-year tribulation period of widescale natural disasters. Why September 23? It has been claimed an unusual celestial arrangement mirroring signs from the Bible’s Book of Revelation today, September 23, will signal the start of the end of the world.   However, the EarthSky blog notes there will be “nothing unique” about the sun, moon and planets on the date. “In the past 1,000 years, this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056,” explains astronomer Christopher M. Graney. Haven’t we been here before? Mars, with Earth visible in background Credit: Getty  This isn't the first time the apocalypse has been predicted: 1844 American Baptist teacher William Miller first shared publicly his belief in the coming Second Advent of Jesus Christ in 1833, predicting he would return in the year 1843. The Millerites were his followers and Millerism became a national movement, however when Jesus didn’t arrive, October 22, 1844, became known as the Great Disappointment. 1997 Twenty years ago, 29 members of Heaven’s Gate, a UFO religious millenarian group, committed suicide with the aim of boarding a UFO they believed was hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet before the supposed end of the world. 2003 Planet X was also supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerian people and was meant to hit Earth in 2003, but never arrived. “This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012,” say Nasa. 2011 The end of the world was also supposed to arrive on 21 May 2011, with Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping predicting the Rapture would begin at 18:00 in each of the world's time zones, wiping out nay-sayers with rolling earthquakes as believers ascended to heaven. 2012 Nasa had to debunk an ancient Maya prophecy theory about the world ending back in 2012. The Mayan connection “was a misconception from the very beginning,” astrophysicist Dr. John Carlson said at the time. “The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretellin[...]

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Pakistan: Death toll from India attack in Kashmir rises to 6

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:54:05 -0400

(image) At least six Pakistani villagers were killed and 26 were wounded in an overnight attack by India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, Pakistan's military said Friday, adding that hundreds of villagers were forced to move to safer places.

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As Russia probe turns to fake Facebook ads, Trump follows with a tweet

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:58:59 -0400

(image) President Trump continued his efforts to belittle accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Friday, turning to the latest set of charges, involving targeted political ads placed on Facebook by accounts linked to the Kremlin.

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US forces in South Korea receive fake, urgent message telling them to evacuate immediately

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:55:00 -0400

(image) US troops in South Korea have been sent an urgent message telling their families to flee the country. The US Army has now been forced to send out a message telling troops to check any messages and ensure that they are legitimate. Officials have so far not been able to publicly confirm where the messages came from, or whether they are related at all to ongoing tensions with North Korea.

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Matte Black Fall Decor Is The Dark Trend We Need This Season

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:43:54 -0400

(image) Though it’s no coincidence we’re seeing interest spike for ink-dark hues like matte black since our eyes are now on Halloween, in reality matte black has been trending in the home and living realm for months.

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Michigan Teacher Accused Of Stealing Over $30,000 From School

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:36:52 -0400

(image) A Michigan teacher was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from students that she used on trips to the casino.

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Syria drops off the radar at UN assembly

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:43:06 -0400

(image) Syria's war has taken a new turn with the expected recapture of Raqa from the Islamic State, but world leaders gathered at the United Nations this week seem to be paying little attention. Last year, tensions were running high at the UN assembly, with Western powers locked in heated exchanges with Russia and Iran, the Syrian government's allies, over the offensive against rebel-held Aleppo.

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Warnings of crocodile 'power vacuum' in Australian river, after giant 17-foot 'saltie' illegally shot dead

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:58:20 -0400

(image) Australians have been warned to beware of aggressive male saltwater crocodiles fighting it out for dominance, after the death of a giant 17-foot “saltie” created a power vacuum in a river. A manhunt began on Friday for the person who illegally killed the “iconic” reptile, after its carcass was found in the Fitzroy River in central Queensland with a single gunshot wound to the head. The incident sparked an urgent warning from the state government about aggressive behaviour from younger crocodiles in the area, which had been kept in check by the dominant male and were expected to start jostling for dominance. "People need to clearly understand the death of this animal has changed the balance of the crocodile population in the Fitzroy," the environment department's diversity operations director Michael Joyce told Australian media. An investigation has been launched to find the person who killed the 'iconic' crocodile Credit: EPA/ Queensland Police Service "We can expect increased aggressive activity by younger male crocodiles. That's because they will be competing to take the dominant position which is now vacant. Mr Joyce added that he didn't think the crocodile had posed a problem but rather, was "an important part of our ecosystem". "He is a crocodile that does spend a fair bit of time controlling the river and controlling the young animals that are in the river,” he said. The death of the dominant crocodile is expected to create a power vacuum, with younger males likely to aggressively compete with each other  Credit: EPA/ Queensland Police Service In Queensland, the maximum penalty for offenders caught killing a crocodile without authority is A$28,383 (£16,671), with the highest penalty reserved for those who kill “iconic” crocodiles, defined as being greater than 5m (16.4 feet) in length. The offender could also face up to three years in jail if found guilty of animal cruelty. Since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, saltwater crocodile numbers have exploded in northern Australia, reigniting debate about whether to cull them. Giant Crocodile Scares Fishermen in Western Australia 00:30 An average of two people a year are killed by the animals, which can grow up to 7 metres and weigh more than a tonne. The reptile’s carcass was taken to nearby Koorana Crocodile Farm, where it will be buried after an autopsy. The owner of the farm John Leaver said it was the largest crocodile caught in Queensland in 20 to 30 years. The gunshot had caused a large hole in the top of the crocodile’s skull, indicating a large calibre rifle, he said. Asked why the crocodile was shot, Mr Leaver added: “I would say that someone felt very threatened”.

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Trump: NFL Owners Should Fire Players Who 'Disrespect the Flag'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:24:26 -0400

(image) Trump says he might have made a mistake – by supporting Luther Strange in the Alabama Senate race. Joy Reid, EJ Dionne, Karine Jean-Pierre & Kurt Bardella react to this, what Trump says about football players like Colin Kaepernick.

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Canada to impose sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro and top officials

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:41:13 -0400

(image) By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will impose targeted sanctions against 40 Venezuelan senior officials, including President Nicolás Maduro, to punish them for "anti-democratic behavior," the foreign ministry said on Friday. Canada's move, which followed a similar decision by the United States, came after months of protests against Maduro's government in which at least 125 people have been killed. "Canada will not stand by silently as the government of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic rights," Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.

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How Neanderthals Got Their Unusually Large Brains

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:51:00 -0400

(image) Neanderthals had larger brains than modern humans do, and a new study of a Neanderthal child's skeleton now suggests this is because their brains spent more time growing. Modern humans are known for having unusually large brains for their size. It takes a lot of energy to develop such large brains, and previous research suggested that the high cost of modern-human brain development was a key reason why human growth in general is slow compared with that of other primates.

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This Baseball Team Learned There's A Wrong Way To Celebrate Japanese Culture

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:40:14 -0400

(image) The San Jose Giants, a farm team for the San Francisco Giants, was forced to apologize earlier this month after it shared a tone-deaf tweet to celebrate its annual Japanese Heritage Night.

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Russian submarine fires cruise missiles at jihadi targets in Syria

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:57:13 -0400

(image) A Russian submarine fired cruise missiles at jihadi targets in Syria's Idlib province on Friday, the Russian Defence Ministry said, saying it had targeted Islamist militants who had tried to trap a group of Russian military policemen earlier in the week. The strike, launched from the Mediterranean by Russia's 'Veliky Novgorod' submarine, was part of a counter-offensive against a jihadi attack on government-held parts of northwest Syria near Hama on Tuesday. The Russian Defence Ministry on Wednesday said 29 Russian military policemen had been surrounded by jihadis as a result of that attack and that Russia had been forced to break them out in a special operation backed by air power.

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Mormon Church Drops $35 Million On Printer's Manuscript Of The Book Of Mormon

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:12:50 -0400

(image) An early copy of the Book of Mormon is now in the hands of the mainstream Mormon church ― but the church had to part with millions of dollars to acquire it.

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Michelle Obama makes first public appearance in months -- and she looks stunning!

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:22:00 -0400

(image) The former first lady was spotted at a tech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, her first public appearance since late July, on Thursday evening.

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US bombers fly close to North Korean shores in show of force

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:22:32 -0400

US bombers on Saturday flew further north of the Korean Demilitarised Zone than ever before this century, staging a show of force as North Korea’s foreign minister warned that the US was pushing them closer towards retaliation. Ri Yong-ho, speaking at the United Nations general assembly, described President Donald Trump as “an old gambler” who "has tried to turn the UN arena into a gangsters' nest where money is respected and bloodshed the order of the day." “He committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets' visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more,” said Mr Ri, referencing Mr Trump’s speech on Tuesday at the UN. "What else could be a bigger threat than the violent remarks such as pouring 'fire and fury', 'total destruction' coming from the top authority of the world's biggest nuclear power. "The very reason the DPRK had to possess nuclear weapons is because of the US and it had to strengthen and develop its nuclear force onto the current level to cope with the US." The Pentagon said the flight was in response to the "grave threat" that North Korea posed to the Asia-Pacific region, and the international community.  "This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any US fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take (North Korea's) reckless behavior," said Dana White, spokesman for the Pentagon. The flights are a "demonstration of US resolve and a clear message" that President Donald Trump "has many military options to defeat any threat," she said. Ms White added: "we are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and our allies." Participants of a mass rally shout slogans as they gather before a banner reading 'let us beat down the sanctions of the imperialists with great progress of self-reliance' on Kim Il-Sung sqaure in Pyongyang on September 23, 2017 Credit: AFP The flights come at the end of a heated week of rhetoric, with Mr Trump threatening to "totally destroy" the country, and Kim Jong-un responding, in a rare first-person letter in the state press, that Mr Trump was a "dotard". Some analysts have expressed concern at what they see as the goading of Mr Kim. Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, which supports nuclear weapon reduction and eventual elimination, said the US risks a “stumble into war.” Trump: We'll deal with 'Little Rocket Man' Kim Jong-u 01:34 He told The Hill:  “We have the pressure. It’s time for the engagement. You have got to walk back from the brink here." Michael Fuchs, who worked at the state department under Barack Obama said that "by any measure President Trump’s quote-unquote ‘strategy’ is not working.” “This is squarely in the hands of the president himself," he said. “The rest of his administration, so far at least, seems willing [...]

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Christianity waning in EU states accepting migrants: Orban

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:15:26 -0400

(image) Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said Christianity was waning in EU countries taking in migrants and defended countries like his which have refused to take them in. Orban spoke during a visit to Poland, which is also against the European Union's plan to relocate asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other member states as a way to deal with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, which has seen more than one million people flee the Middle East and Africa. Orban said Europe today was split into two camps.

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Georgia Ford dealer will build you a new F-150 Lightning, and it will kick up smoke

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:00:00 -0400

(image) Since exiting production in 2004, the Ford F-150 Lightning has become a fond memory of not only Ford fans, but truck enthusiasts at large. Ford's decision to replace the Lightning with the F-150 Raptor has left a noticeable absence of high-performance pickups built for straight-line speed. Pioneer Ford, based in Bremen, Georgia, remedied that with its own F-150 Lightning.

Will the World End Tomorrow? Life Is Hard to Wipe Out

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:27:33 -0400

(image) Doomsday predictors may think that the tomorrow, September 23, marks the beginning of the end, but scientists have other views.

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Congo president says whoever killed U.N. experts will be punished

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:23:00 -0400

(image) By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations on Saturday that he would ensure those responsible for killing two U.N. investigators earlier this year would be punished. Michael Sharp, an American who was coordinator of an independent sanctions monitoring group, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were killed in central Congo on March 12 while carrying out investigations for a report to the U.N. Security Council. "We are determined to ensure that light is shed on the exact circumstances of this crime and to ensure that this horrendous act ... will not remain unpunished," Kabila said.

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How many people are killed by terrorist attacks in the UK?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:12:02 -0400

London has been rocked by a series of terror attack in 2017, with the most recent attack involving a man who drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park. Once again, Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee in response to the attack, condemning the "terrible incident". But despite this string of attacks, relatively few people have been killed by terrorist attacks in the UK in recent years. Victims of terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom Previously, a senior Whitehall source revealed the security services have foiled five attacks in the two months since the Westminster attack. Defending against accusations that MI5 had been repeatedly warned the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was dangerous, the source outlined the scale of the job facing counter-terrorism officials. Partly because of this, the number of people killed by acts of terrorism has remained low compared to other countries - with 49 people dying because of terrorism in the UK since between 2010 and 2017. Terror is killing far fewer people in the UK now than it was in the 1980s Between 2000 and 2017, 126 people have been killed in the UK in terrorist attacks, according to figures from the Global Terrorism Database. Although not on British soil, a further 30 British people were killed in Tunisia when a gunman attacked a hotel popular among Western tourists. This compares to 1,094 deaths in the 15-year period before that, between 1985 and 1999, and a further 2,211 between 1970 and 1984. The worst year for terrorism-related deaths in the UK was 1988, when 372 people died. The majority of these died in the Lockerbie disaster, when 270 were killed as a Pan Am transatlantic flight was destroyed by a bomb. Since 1970, Northern Ireland has seen the most terrorism-related deaths out of any nation in the UK, with IRA-related terrorism plaguing the nation for decades. 1972 saw the peak of this violence, with 353 people killed in Northern Ireland - out of a total of 368 in the whole of the UK.  How does the UK's terror threat compare with the rest of Europe? Since 1970, the UK has faced the most deaths as a result of terrorism in Western Europe - totalling 3,395.  Spain is the next worst-hit, with 1,261 deaths since 1970. 2004 was the country's worst year for terrorism, when 192 people died as Madrid bombings. Victims of terrorist attacks in Western Europe 1988 was the worst year for terror in Western Europe, when 440 people in total were killed in attacks - the majority being killed in the Lockerbie bombing. In 2015, France saw its worst ever attack in Paris when nine terrorists killed 130 people at multiple locations across the capital. Since 2000, there have been seven deaths per year in the UK due to terrorism [...]

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Catch this recent episode of Charlie Rose

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:00:00 -0400

(image) “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part, 18-hour documentary series airing on PBS. Charlie is joined by the filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

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AP Explains: Why Japan doesn't sign nuclear arms ban treaty

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:59:32 -0400

(image) TOKYO (AP) — Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Yet it sided with the nuclear powers and NATO in refusing to sign a treaty to ban such weapons during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.

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