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HRW says mass execution site found in Mosul as Iraqi govt admits ‘individual acts’ of abuse

RT An execution site with 17 apparent victims of extrajudicial killings was found near the Old City of West Mosul, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. The find is among a flood of evidence of atrocities being committed by Iraqi … Continue reading

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Human rights petition sent for Hawaii fishermen

Mail.com HONOLULU (AP) — Groups have filed a human-rights complaint that aims to jump-start an investigation into conditions among foreign workers in Hawaii’s commercial fishing industry. Turtle Island Restoration Network told The Associated Press on Wednesday that they filed the … Continue reading

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Thousands flee raging wildfire near Yosemite National Park

Mail.com MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A blaze burning in foothills west of Yosemite National Park destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands to flee Gold Rush-era towns but fire crews have been able to stop it from reaching a threatened … Continue reading

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Release of 40k mink in Minnesota dubbed ‘domestic terrorism’ by sheriff

RT Nearly 40,000 domesticated American mink have been released into the wild by trespassers, and now a family-owned farm in Minnesota is scrambling to gather the small, semi-aquatic mammals. Authorities have deemed the incident “a disaster.” Stearns County Sheriff Don … Continue reading

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Trump tweets health bill ‘will get even better’ at lunch

Mail.com WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up the pressure on reluctant Republicans to erase much of Barack Obama’s health care law, tweeting, “They MUST keep their promise to America” and vowing the measure would improve at … Continue reading

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Miami boy’s death shows powerful opioid’s chilling potential

Mail.com MIAMI (AP) — A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida’s littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities say. But how he came into contact with the … Continue reading

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Officer: Partner fired fatal shot moments after loud sound

Mail.com MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman who had called 911 told investigators he was startled by a loud sound near their squad car seconds before his partner fired … Continue reading

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They see you: FBI warns about dangers of internet-connected toys

RT While many American parents think ‘smart toys’ are a great idea, the FBI has issued an unprecedented warning that internet-enabled items may pose a privacy and safety risk for children by harvesting personal information. Smart toys and entertainment devices … Continue reading

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US sanctions more Iranians, but nuclear deal stands for now

Mail.com WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration slapped 18 Iranian individuals and groups with sanctions Tuesday for aiding the country’s non-nuclear weapons programs, in a bid to show that President Donald Trump is staying tough on Iran despite his moves … Continue reading

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Trump blasts Congress over failure of GOP health care bill

Mail.com WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and “a few Republicans” Tuesday over the collapse of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a vote on a backup … Continue reading

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Dennis Hastert released from prison in Minnesota

Mail.com CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was released from prison in Minnesota and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in April … Continue reading

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Australia & US test-fire multimillion hypersonic missile

RT A hypersonic glider capable of moving at a speed eight times faster than sound has launched from a rocket range in the town of Woomera, South Australia. The launch was performed as part of a research project which features … Continue reading

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UN reports rise in Afghan war deaths, blames insurgents

Mail.com KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s protracted war killed a record number of civilians during the first six months of this year, according to a U.N. report released Monday, which blamed the majority of the deaths on bombings by insurgents. … Continue reading

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Montana faces double quandary over Medicaid expansion

Mail.com BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — For all the uncertainty over the fate of a health care overhaul in Washington, tens of thousands of Montana’s working poor are already in a double quandary: Even if Congress leaves Medicaid expansion mostly intact, … Continue reading

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Jordanian soldier gets life term for killing 3 US troops

Mail.com AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian soldier was sentenced Monday to life in prison after being convicted of killing three U.S. military trainers last year, but some said questions lingered about his motive for the shooting at a Jordanian … Continue reading

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Florida cops struggle to explain to black state attorney why she was pulled over

RT Bodycam footage of two Orlando police officers pulling over Florida’s first and only black state attorney has gone viral. The cops, now accused of racial profiling, claimed her tags didn’t come back as registered and also eyed her legally … Continue reading

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Nemtsov killer sentenced to 20yrs behind bars, accomplices to 11-19yrs

RT A court in Moscow has sentenced five Chechen men found guilty of killing prominent Russian politician Boris Nemtsov in early 2015 to 11 to 20 years in prison. “Zaur Dadaev was given a 20-year jail sentence and a fine … Continue reading

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Berlin to boost aviation safety amid fears hackers can hijack warplanes

RT Germany’s military is launching a new “aviation cyber expertise” as an urgent measure in response to a government-funded research revealing that hackers would be able to seize command of a military aircraft with equipment worth just a few thousand … Continue reading

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Longtime GOP senator pessimistic about health bill prospects

Mail.com WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-time Republican lawmaker said Tuesday he is “very pessimistic” that his party will push a health care bill through the Senate, even as a colleague warned leaders about retaliation by conservative voters should they react … Continue reading

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China sends ships, troops to 1st overseas military base in Horn of Africa

RT Chinese troops have been deployed to the country’s first overseas military base, in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. Beijing says the base will be used for logistical purposes, such as resupplying ships taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian … Continue reading

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