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Russia squeezing US out as agricultural superpower

RT The US is being pushed out of the grain market as Russia’s bumper wheat harvest has dragged down prices to record lows. Russian agricultural exports are booming thanks to a weaker national currency and massive investment. “We are pushing … Continue reading

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NATO not enough? EU launches own military alliance

RT The EU has moved a step closer towards having a joint military force by signing an agreement on a permanent command structure. PESCO, or Permanent Structured Cooperation, was signed by 23 members of the 28-strong European Union on Monday. … Continue reading

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Strong quake hits Costa Rica, no reports of major damage

MSN SAN JOSE, Nov 12 (Reuters) – A strong 6.5 magnitude quake struck the Pacific coast of Costa Rica near its capital city San Jose on Sunday night, but there were no initial reports of injuries or significant damage to … Continue reading

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Ramped up security at Las Vegas marathon after mass shooting

Mail.com LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas ramped up security for the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which was the first major outdoor event on the Strip since the mass shooting. The city posted snipers and used a helicopter to … Continue reading

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‘Like magic’: Scientists find way to make old human cells young again

RT Scientists have discovered how to make old human cells young again through rejuvenation. It’s an exciting discovery that could change the way humans age. Researchers at the University of Exeter and University of Brighton found they could rejuvenate senescent cells, cells … Continue reading

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‘Moral crisis’: Gates, Buffett & Bezos richer than poorest half of America combined

RT The three richest people in the United States – Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett – have a total wealth that exceeds the savings of America’s poorest 160 million, a new study shows. The three billionaires are sitting … Continue reading

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Last ISIS stronghold in Syria, Abu Kamal, totally liberated – Syrian Army

RT The Syrian Army has liberated the city of Abu Kamal, destroying the last Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) stronghold in Syria. Abu Kamal’s fall signals the end of IS as a terrorist group, army commanders said. “The liberation of … Continue reading

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Marine Corps drill instructor abuse case going to jury

Mail.com CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A military jury begins deliberating Thursday on whether a Marine Corps drill instructor is guilty of beating, stomping and choking new recruits, or whether accounts of his abuse toward Muslim-American military hopefuls were overhyped … Continue reading

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NATO wants Europe’s civilian infrastructure ready for war

RT NATO needs civilian infrastructure in Europe to meet its growing military requirements, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said ahead of a meeting in Brussels. This will mean coordination with national governments and the private sector, he added. Defense ministers from … Continue reading

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GOP blocks Dem efforts to boost tax benefits for parents

Mail.com WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Tuesday blocked Democratic efforts to secure bigger tax benefits for parents’ costs of raising or adopting children, as they drove toward wrapping up their tax overhaul by week’s end. The daylong debate by … Continue reading

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Maine OKs Medicaid expansion in first-of-its-kind referendum

Mail.com PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Residents in this rural state grappling with a heroin epidemic and an aging population voted Tuesday to deliver a rebuke to Republican Gov. Paul LePage and join 31 other states that have expanded Medicaid under … Continue reading

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Transgender woman makes history in Virginia House seat win

Mail.com RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A transgender candidate defeated an incumbent Virginia lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would have restricted which bathrooms she could use. Democrat Danica Roem, a former journalist, is set to make history as the first … Continue reading

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Why Saudi Arabia’s crackdown sent oil prices soaring

RT A power-play by the most powerful man in Saudi Arabia took place over the weekend, with big repercussions for the future of the country that is OPEC’s de factor leader and the world’s second-largest oil producer. Mohammed bin Salman, … Continue reading

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Democrats try to look forward but are still haunted by 2016

Mail.com Time has not healed the Democratic party’s wounds. On Election Day 2016, Democrats suffered a devastating and shocking loss. A year later, they’re still sorting through the wreckage. The infighting, the divisive personalities and the questions about how it … Continue reading

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California proposes armored cars to transport pot tax money

Mail.com LOS ANGELES (AP) — California should use armored cars to transport hundreds of millions of dollars in cash tax payments expected next year with the state’s legal marijuana market, the state treasurer said Tuesday. The state on Jan. 1 … Continue reading

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Trump says tougher gun laws not answer after Texas shooting

Mail.com SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump says tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties. Trump spoke at a news … Continue reading

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Beware of bitcoin bubble, warn investment & financial advisors, as it smashes $7,600

RT Bitcoin’s sevenfold rally is one of the telltale signs of a bubble, according to investment strategists. It started the year at $973 and rocketed to $7,600 on Sunday, up over 750 percent in 10 months. Financial advisors warn bitcoin … Continue reading

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US soldier killed during operation in eastern Afghanistan

RT A US service member has been killed during operations in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar on Saturday, according to the US military. It is the same region where another soldier was killed in a helicopter crash last week. The … Continue reading

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Twitter no longer believes in ‘speaking truth to power’ – updated rules

RT Twitter no longer believes in “speaking truth to power,” according to its latest rules update in the midst of US lawmakers’ frantic hunt for “Russian meddling” in social media. The microblogging site’s rules, under the section “Abusive Behavior,” currently state: “We believe in … Continue reading

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House GOP weighs repeal of health mandate in tax bill

Mail.com WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are weighing a repeal of a key tenet of the Obama-era health care law in their tax overhaul as the House’s tax-writing committee begins work on shaping the bill. Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday Republicans … Continue reading

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