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France bans smartphone use in schools altogether France bans smartphone use in schools altogether
- August 03, 2018

Secondary schools are reportedly given the choice to opt-in on the full ban or enforce a less strict version. In fact, all types of Internet-connected devices, presumably including smartwatches and everything else, are prohibited on school premises. (more...)
Trump threatens 'drastic' action to get border security money from Congress Trump threatens 'drastic' action to get border security money from Congress
- August 03, 2018

Trump's threats intrude on what congressional Democrats and Republicans say have been uncharacteristically positive negotiations over the annual spending bills. We have $1.6 billion, and we started to build large sections of the wall, but we are going to talk about it, we need more . "I think he speaks his mind and this is, I suppose you would say, the current state of his thinking". (more...)
USA welcomes home possible 'forgotten war' remains USA welcomes home possible 'forgotten war' remains
- August 03, 2018

I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action. A second meeting between Trump and Kim has not been scheduled at this time, according to a person familiar with the process. "One of the things that hasn't happened is the demonstrable moves toward denuclearization before we can entertain something like the end-of-war declaration", Harris said, according to Yonhap . (more...)
Trump calls on Sessions to end Mueller’s Russian Federation probe
- August 03, 2018

Trump's call also did not go unnoticed by the public advocacy group Public Citizen, which issued a reminder that 350,000 Americans have pledged to join almost 1,000 protests across the country, should the president take direct action to end Mueller's investigation. (more...)
Judge orders convict to have mouth taped shut over interruptions Judge orders convict to have mouth taped shut over interruptions
- August 03, 2018

The 32-year-old complained about authorities removing his possessions from his cell, and only meeting his attorney "the other day" - complaints Judge Russo said were raised at the wrong time. Russo claimed his actions were legal, with a few cases supporting the notion. The Miami Herald noted the 1970 case IL v. Allen, where it was ruled that defendants do not have the right to be present at their trials. (more...)
Malaysian among 3 foreign workers kidnapped and killed in Afghan capital Malaysian among 3 foreign workers kidnapped and killed in Afghan capital
- August 03, 2018

Militants abducted and killed three foreign nationals working for worldwide food company Sodexo in Kabul on Thursday (Aug 2), deepening concerns about the security of expatriates in Afghanistan . After around two hours, the bodies were found. Police are investigating if it is a terror incident. According to a police source, the three men had been on their way to work in the Pul-e-Charkhi area in PD9 in Kabul city early Thursday morning when they were kidnapped. (more...)
Trump Calls for Sessions to End Russia Probe Trump Calls for Sessions to End Russia Probe
- August 03, 2018

This was Mr Trump's most direct demand yet that Mr Sessions, who infuriated the president by recusing himself from the investigation, intervene to end the probe. election by promoting unfavorable coverage of Hillary Clinton. Stewart also said that America's adversaries, including Russian Federation and China, will never be able to defeat America directly. (more...)
Family of murdered cardiologist issues statement about suspect Family of murdered cardiologist issues statement about suspect
- August 03, 2018

The suspect, Joseph James Pappas , 65, is now wanted on an arrest warrant and is considered to be suicidal and risky. Acevedo says Dr. Mark Hausknecht operated on Pappas' mother more than 20 years ago and that she died on the operating table . (more...)
Fox News' unglued Sean Hannity curses out CNN's Jim Acosta Fox News' unglued Sean Hannity curses out CNN's Jim Acosta
- August 03, 2018

The broadcaster tweeted a video showing Trump supporters flashing him the middle finger while telling him: "You suck!" Fox News host Sean Hannity went on a cursing Twitter rant at Jim Acosta , after the CNN reporter blamed Fox News for "whipping" Trump supporters " into a frenzy " at the media. (more...)
Trump’s Sessions Tweet Itself Isn’t Obstruction of Justice — CNN Legal Analyst
- August 03, 2018

At the White House, senior administration officials claimed Trump was merely expressing an opinion. Slamming Trump, Bharara said even if it is "on the basis of a non-recusal by Mueller no less". "They ought to let them conclude their work", Thune said. Senator Susan Collins said it "was entirely inappropriate and intemperate" for Trump to make such a request of Sessions. (more...)
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones seeks to dismiss Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones seeks to dismiss Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit
- August 03, 2018

Leonard Pozner, Veronique De La Rosa and Neil Heslin filed lawsuits in April seeking at least $1 million in damages from Jones, InfoWars and Free Speech Systems LLC. Jones received a strike in February when he falsely suggested that survivors of the Parkland shooting were trained "crisis actors". By 2014, he'd fleshed out the theory a bit more. (more...)
Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt U.S. politics Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt U.S. politics
- August 03, 2018

In an announcement it said that it removed 32 Pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in coordinated inauthentic behaviour. Facebook also published images showing the type of content the Facebook pages published , including posts and events they tried to organize. (more...)
Delhi-Born Child Prodigy Akshay Venkatesh Wins The ‘Nobel of Maths’! Delhi-Born Child Prodigy Akshay Venkatesh Wins The ‘Nobel of Maths’!
- August 03, 2018

It was for very different reasons than Birkar. Birkar, 40, is originally from a village within the Kurdish province of Marivan near the Iran-Iraq border, CBS News reported . He said there'll never be an end to the challenges he faces. He showed an affinity for math from a young age, attempting to solve problems in his older brother's schoolbooks and, during high school, reading borrowed library texts all through night. (more...)
Ivanka Trump says news media are not ‘enemy of the people’
- August 02, 2018

She added that "we have to be careful about incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk", by encouraging unsafe journeys across the border. Ivanka Trump , 36, the daughter and advisor to President Donald Trump , 72, got brutally honest about her oppositions to his child separation policy. (more...)
Trump Calls for Attorney General to End Mueller Investigation ‘Right Now’
- August 02, 2018

Trump has said that he regretted appointing Sessions because Sessions recused himself from matters relating to the Mueller inquiry. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders scrambled to explain that Trump's tweet Wednesday was "not an order" and the president was not directing his attorney general to do anything. (more...)
No plans to engage with Iran at ASEAN meeting - U.S No plans to engage with Iran at ASEAN meeting - U.S
- August 02, 2018

In just four months the value of Iran's currency, the rial, has dropped by half-now it takes 102,000 rial to buy a dollar-Agence France-Presse reported on Monday. The government has been scrambling to mend the crisis, replacing its central bank chief last week and blaming the currency volatility on the "enemies' conspiracy". (more...)
Danes protest as 'burqa ban' comes into effect in Denmark
- August 02, 2018

And at the center of a protest for a woman's right to cover up were women who didn't. The niqab wearers who plan to protest on August 1 will be joined by non-niqab wearing Muslim women and also non-Muslim Danes, most of whom plan to wear face coverings at the rally. (more...)
Donald Trump says attorney general Jeff Sessions must end ‘rigged’ Russian Federation investigation Donald Trump says attorney general Jeff Sessions must end ‘rigged’ Russian Federation investigation
- August 02, 2018

To date, Mueller has not produced any indictments or evidence related to the collusion allegations. Last year, Sessions recused himself from any investigation related to the 2016 presidential campaigns soon after it came to light that he had failed to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington . (more...)
Israel Says It Killed Suspected Islamic State-Linked Militants Israel Says It Killed Suspected Islamic State-Linked Militants
- August 02, 2018

A Jordanian army source told Reuters news agency that ISIL fighters who fled from the border area were chased by Syrian army units conducting operations in the region aiming to drive them out of their last hideouts. Asked whether Israel should be less wary of possible flare-ups on the Golan - much of which it seized from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognised overseas - Lieberman said: "I believe so". (more...)
Spain's conservative party targets migrants Spain's conservative party targets migrants
- August 02, 2018

Since being plucked from a packed inflatable boat by Spanish rescuers in the Mediterranean on Friday, Glenn Alban has slept outdoors on a bed of flattened cardboard boxes in the port of Algeciras in southern Spain. Emergency shelters have been set up in the harbour, as well as a police station, but many rescued migrants have been forced to sleep in an orange rescue boat dock in the port, or on the ground beside it. (more...)
Passengers recount escape from burning Mexican plane Passengers recount escape from burning Mexican plane
- August 02, 2018

The flight involved is reportedly Aeromexico Flight 2431 that was set to depart from the airport in Durango shortly after 3 p.m. local time and scheduled to land in Mexico City at about 4:30 p.m. Jose Aispuro says 49 people have been hospitalized. The mid-sized jet was nearly full, with 97 passengers and four crew members aboard, when it came down at around 4 p.m. (more...)
French President Macron survives no-confidence motions French President Macron survives no-confidence motions
- August 02, 2018

Benalla, Macron's 26-year-old former chief bodyguard, has been charged with assault and impersonating an officer after he was filmed hitting a protester and wrestling another while wearing a police helmet. Macron, facing furious criticism over the scandal, last Thursday dismissed it as a "storm in a teacup". "Since the acts under scrutiny appear to have been covered up by free passes at the highest levels of the state, there is indeed a "Benalla affair", Socialist MP Valerie Rabault told ... (more...)
France votes to ban cell phones from most schools
- August 02, 2018

Our main role is to protect children and adolescents. When he floated the idea of the new ban last December, education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer complained that "these days the children don't play at break time anymore". The only exceptions are disabled students, extra-curricular duties, as well as "pedagogical use", which also sounds fairly vague, but will most likely require the explicit approval of an educator. (more...)
World's biggest king penguin colony shrinks nearly 90% World's biggest king penguin colony shrinks nearly 90%
- August 02, 2018

Researchers said there was no clear reason for the decline. At the time, the colony included 500,000 breeding pairs and consisted of over two million penguins . Weimerskirch speculated that it could have been affected by a particularly strong El Nino weather event that warmed the southern Indian Ocean in 1997. (more...)
Intense heat, 'firenadoes' fuel deadly Carr Fire in California Intense heat, 'firenadoes' fuel deadly Carr Fire in California
- August 02, 2018

Sixteen people had been reported missing, but nine of those were found safe, according to Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, who spoke at a Sunday news conference. In Lake County, evacuation orders were in effect for the 4,700-resident town of Lakeport along with some smaller communities and a section of Mendocino National Forest. (more...)
Donald Trump Tweets 'Collusion Is Not a Crime', Echoing Rudy Giuliani's Defense Donald Trump Tweets 'Collusion Is Not a Crime', Echoing Rudy Giuliani's Defense
- August 02, 2018

Citing two unnamed White House advisers, the newspaper said Mueller and the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia had a dispute over fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011. Giuliani's comments were in response to Michael Cohen saying he was prepared to tell Mueller that then-candidate Trump was aware his son was going to take the meeting with a Russian who claimed having dirt on Hillary Clinton . (more...)
White House: Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un White House: Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un
- August 02, 2018

No date for a visit has been announced. Vice President Mike Pence and military honor guards met the 55 caskets at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. A release from Gov. Matt Bevin's office says his remains will be returned to his family in Bowling Green. An estimated 5,300 United States service members listed as unaccounted for from the 1950-53 conflict in North Korea. (more...)
Pope changes Catholic teaching to oppose death penalty in all cases Pope changes Catholic teaching to oppose death penalty in all cases
- August 02, 2018

Until now, the Church has consistently taught that the state has the authority to use the death penalty , in cases of "absolute necessity", though with the qualification that the Church considered such situations to be extremely rare. Today, more " effective detention systems " are being developed, which guarantee proper defense of citizens, and at the same time allow offenders to redeem themselves. (more...)
Blasts, gunshots hit eastern Afghan city Blasts, gunshots hit eastern Afghan city
- August 02, 2018

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes three days after militants raided a midwife training centre in Jalalabad . Although it is unclear whether there is any direct connection, Islamic State attacks have picked up as hopes for peace talks between the government and the Taliban have grown in the wake of last month's three-day ceasefire. (more...)
Swedish crown jewels stolen in brazen heist Swedish crown jewels stolen in brazen heist
- August 02, 2018

The objects were on display, but under lock and key, at the cathedral about 50 miles from Stockholm . The motorboat was waiting and ready at the foot of the hill on Lake Mälaren, accoridng to police, and it is believed the thieves then fled via the vast system of lakes west of Stockholm . (more...)

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