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Syria conflict: US calls for Russia and Syria war crimes probe Syria conflict: US calls for Russia and Syria war crimes probe
Russia and the Syrian government should be investigated for war crimes, US Secretary of State John Kerry said. "Russia, and the regime, owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals and medical facilities and children," he said. "These are acts that beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes." Moscow has repeatedly denied attacking civilians, and said it t...
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu 'wants right to assisted death' Archbishop Desmond Tutu 'wants right to assisted death'
South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has revealed that he wants to have the option of an assisted death. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid campaigner said that he did "not wish to be kept alive at all costs", writing in the Washington Post newspaper on his 85th birthday. Mr Tutu came out in favour of assisted dying in 2014, without specifying if he personally wanted to have the...
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Uphold veto on 9/11 lawsuits: Our view Uphold veto on 9/11 lawsuits: Our view
The urge to find justice for the families of 9/11 victims is so strong that it’s hard to stand in the way of anything that seems to help them. That emotional appeal persuaded Congress, which is normally bitterly divided, to pass a measure that its bipartisan supporters said would ease the way for those families to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged complicity in the attacks. But emotion is no ...
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Ugandan police block gay pride parade Ugandan police block gay pride parade
Ugandan police have blocked gay pride celebrations from happening in two resorts outside the capital, Kampala. Gay rights activist Frank Mugisha said more than 100 LGBTI people tried to participate in the celebrations in Entebbe near Lake Victoria. But many were escorted by police back to Kampala in minibuses. The minister for ethics and integrity had threatened to mobilise mobs to attack parti...
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Shanghai restaurant closes day after getting Michelin star Shanghai restaurant closes day after getting Michelin star
A Shanghai restaurant has closed down a day after being awarded a Michelin star, reportedly because it lacked the necessary licences to operate. The Taian Table, which opened in April and served Western dishes, was described by Michelin as "graceful" and praised for its "clever recipes". But neighbours living above had complained of kitchen smoke and noise. The restaurant - one of 26 in the cit...
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Opposition rejects Gabon court's ruling on Ali Bongo election wi Opposition rejects Gabon court's ruling on Ali Bongo election wi
Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping has said a constitution court ruling which upheld President Ali Bongo's election victory was "unjust". Mr Ping called for his supporters to "remain vigilant and mobilised". There have been concerns about violent protests following the court ruling. To ease tension Mr Bongo offered to include opposition members in his cabinet. He came to power in 2009 when hi...
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Clinton is right about 'deplorables': Christian Schneider Clinton is right about 'deplorables': Christian Schneider
When Hillary Clinton declared half of Donald Trump's supporters to be a "basket of deplorables," it did more than provide my fantasy football team with a sensational name. It also exposed Trump supporters — many of whom Clinton described accurately — as having glass chins, dropping to the canvas as soon as Clinton grazed them with a right-cross. Within 48 hours, Trump released a television ad d...
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Black outreach only a birther could love Black outreach only a birther could love
Imagine if Barack Obama were running for president now. Struggling at the polls after a clumsy convention featuring the combined star power of one 1980s sitcom actor and one 1990s underwear model, he decides to shake things up by reaching out directly to white voters. “You’re obese,” he growls. “You sit so much it’s killing you. More of you are dying of opiates than from guns or car accidents. ...
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Call the GOP's bluff on Merrick Garland Call the GOP's bluff on Merrick Garland
President Obama's job approval rating in the latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll stands at a robust 53%. Other recent polls from Monmouth University and CNN/ORC respectively show a 56% and 54% approval rating. He should use this political capital to pressure the Senate on his Supreme Court nominee. While Obama's popularity at this stage of his presidency closely mirrors the second terms of Pre...
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Hillary Clinton stands up to 'moment of reckoning' Hillary Clinton stands up to 'moment of reckoning'
Hillary Clinton claimed her position in history Thursday night along with the Democratic presidential nomination and the responsibility to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. “America is once again at a moment of reckoning,” she said in her acceptance speech in Philadelphia. Trump, the Republican nominee, rarely goes a day without upending the norms of civility or flouting the Constitu...
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