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Arrests of narcotics police highlight Sri Lanka drug problem
Arrests of narcotics police highlight Sri Lanka drug problem

For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs, even attempting to lift a decades-old moratorium on the death penalty to be able to execute drug offenders. The ring allegedly involved officers from the Police Narcotic Bureau who smuggled illicit drugs into the country by sea, stored them in safe houses, ran fake raids and then siphoned off a portion of the seizures to sell to drug dealers, pocketing millions in profits. Nearly two dozen suspects - most of them narcotics officers - have been detained so far, and an arrest warrant was issued this week for the ring's alleged mastermind, who is said to be hiding overseas.

Mexico asks U.S. for answers about alleged migrant detention abuse
Mexico asks U.S. for answers about alleged migrant detention abuse

Mexico said on Wednesday said it had formally requested a report from U.S. authorities regarding alleged negligent practices in U.S. immigration detention centers, citing accusations of sexual abuse and unauthorized hysterectomies. The request come after a complaint by a whistleblower nurse alleging that detainees in a Georgia immigration detention facility had improperly received hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures. The complaint did not specify the nationality of the affected detainees.

U.S. seeks to recover $300 million more in 1MBD assets held in Britain

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to recover $300 million in additional assets allegedly associated with the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal, assets it has traced to an escrow account in the United Kingdom, the agency said on Wednesday. Malaysian and U.S. authorities estimate $4.5 billion was

Trump was caught off guard by voter questions at the ABC News town hall, which could spell trouble for the presidential debates
Trump was caught off guard by voter questions at the ABC News town hall, which could spell trouble for the presidential debates

Asked how he's getting ready for the Sept. 29 debate against Joe Biden, Trump said, "I sort of prepare every day by just doing what I'm doing."

US charges 5 Chinese citizens in global hacking campaign
US charges 5 Chinese citizens in global hacking campaign

The Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens with hacks targeting more than 100 companies and institutions in the United States and abroad, including social media and video game companies as well as universities and telecommunications providers, officials said Wednesday. The five defendants remain fugitives, but prosecutors say two Malaysian businessmen charged with conspiring with the alleged hackers to profit off the attacks on the billion-dollar video game industry were arrested in Malaysia this week and now face extradition proceedings. In July, prosecutors accused hackers of working with the Chinese government to target companies developing vaccines for the coronavirus...

Dozens of Retired Generals, Admirals Sign Letter Backing Trump for Reelection
Dozens of Retired Generals, Admirals Sign Letter Backing Trump for Reelection

The campaign of President Donald Trump released a letter from 235 retired senior officers backing his re-election.

Postal Service Stiffed $20 Million Cost of Delivering Trump COVID-19 Mailer
Postal Service Stiffed $20 Million Cost of Delivering Trump COVID-19 Mailer

As the coronavirus began spreading across the country in March, a white-and-blue postcard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in every mailbox in the United States. It communicated basic public health do's and don'ts-wash your hands, avoid crowds, stay home if you feel sick-which were billed as "President Trump's Coronavirus Guidelines for America."Most of the 330 million Americans who got the postcard probably disposed of it quickly. Six months later, however, the memory of it lingers in at least one place: the U.S. Postal Service. That's because the agency has yet to be reimbursed by the Department of Health and Human Services for the cost of delivery. In March,...

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Florida's new justice belongs to Christian group using law to 'spread the Gospel'

Jamie R. Grosshans, the last-minute choice of Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Florida Supreme Court, is an anti-abortion defender who has been active in a number of Christian legal groups, including a powerful national organization whose mission is to "spread the Gospel by transforming the legal system."

The Postmaster General Says Ballots Will Arrive On Time. Postal Workers Aren
The Postmaster General Says Ballots Will Arrive On Time. Postal Workers Aren't So Sure

Postal workers say 2020 election ballots may not be delivered on time due to changes made by the Postmaster General

La Niña has formed, and it could worsen hurricanes and wildfires
La Niña has formed, and it could worsen hurricanes and wildfires

La Niña could provide an additional boost to the already active Atlantic hurricane season, as well as extend the disastrous fire season in the West.

Lindsey Graham says he set up 1st Trump interview with Woodward, and it wasn
Lindsey Graham says he set up 1st Trump interview with Woodward, and it wasn't sabotage

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took umbrage at Fox News host Tucker Carlson's suggestion that he sabotaged President Trump by setting up his initial interview with journalist Bob Woodward.Graham confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that he helped put together that first meeting, but said "it's pretty absurd to believe that President Trump did something he didn't want to do because of me or anybody else. I have more confidence in the president than Tucker Carlson does."Trump ended up speaking with Woodward on the record 18 times, and many of their conversations appear in Woodward's new book, Rage. Excerpts from the book were released on Wednesday, including a stunning...

Pandemic likely to force India to borrow more, deficit monetisation is last resort - sources
Pandemic likely to force India to borrow more, deficit monetisation is last resort - sources

Revenue shortfalls in India, the major economy hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, are likely to force the government to borrow more, but it will only consider monetising its deficit as a last resort, sources familiar with discussions told Reuters. Borrowing plans for the second half of the financial year, ending on March 31, will be reviewed by government and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) officials later this month, the five sources said. The officials have already discussed the possibility of monetising the debt, whereby the central bank prints money to bridge the fiscal deficit, but they were in no hurry to return to a bad habit India kicked in 1997.

Mark Meadows on Trump
Mark Meadows on Trump's controversial COVID comments, Bob Woodward's access to the president

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows joins Martha MacCallum with insight on 'The Story.'

College Coach Busted for Driveway Party in COVID Crisis Zone
College Coach Busted for Driveway Party in COVID Crisis Zone

The college town of Pullman, Washington, is in the midst of a COVID-19 crisis. It has one of the highest per capita infection rates in the country; the National Guard was called in to help with testing; and Washington State University asked students to stay on campus last weekend to avoid spreading the virus.And yet, last Friday, more than two dozen people gathered in the driveway of WSU Head Women's Basketball Coach Kamie Ethridge's house for what she later described to police as a "mini block party." An incident report from the evening in question, read to The Daily Beast by Pullman Police Department Operations Commander Jake Opgenorth, said officers witnessed 25 people gathered in...

India coronavirus: Rumours stall testing in Punjab
India coronavirus: Rumours stall testing in Punjab

People are refusing to get tested in India's Punjab state as rumours fly about the coronavirus.

Tropical trouble for the Carolinas? Forecasters eye system in the Atlantic
Tropical trouble for the Carolinas? Forecasters eye system in the Atlantic

A tropical disturbance about 300 miles southwest of Bermuda could become a tropical depression as it moves northwest over the Atlantic this week.

McConnell says Senate will vote on slimmed-down COVID bill this week
McConnell says Senate will vote on slimmed-down COVID bill this week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the bill would focus on health care, education and economic issues.

Rare gunfire stirs China-India border blame game
Rare gunfire stirs China-India border blame game

China and India accused each other of firing shots first across a flashpoint Himalayan border, intensifying a months-long standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbours that has already claimed at least 20 lives.

A grandmother died during a gender reveal party. It
A grandmother died during a gender reveal party. It's time to end these rituals permanently.

Gender reveal parties too narrowly define a person before they're even born. As a gay dad to a teenager, I've constantly battled these norms.

Protesters target, harass diners at outdoor restaurants across US
Protesters target, harass diners at outdoor restaurants across US

Turning Point USA spokesperson Rob Smith calls out Democratic leaders for normalizing protesters' behavior.

Trump again raises idea of decoupling economy from China
Trump again raises idea of decoupling economy from China

With the U.S. election approaching, President Donald Trump on Monday again raised the idea of separating the U.S. and Chinese economies, also known as decoupling, suggesting the United States would not lose money if the world's two biggest economies no longer did business. "So when you mention the word decouple, it's an interesting word," Trump told a Labor Day news conference at the White House in which he vowed to bring jobs back to America from China. Trump, who long touted friendly ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping as he sought to make good on promises to rebalance a massive trade deficit, has made getting tough on China a key part of his campaign for re-election on Nov. 3.

Naked protesters demand action after Daniel Prude
Naked protesters demand action after Daniel Prude's killing

Naked except for "spit hoods" in a reference to the killing of Daniel Prude, several protesters sat outside Rochester's police headquarters Monday morning to push for police accountability, local news outlets reported. Photos and video showed roughly a half-dozen demonstrators, naked or in minimal clothes and some with "Black Lives Matter" written on their backs, sitting silently with their hands behind them, on a rain-slicked street outside the city Public Safety Building. The Democrat & Chronicle reported that after a time, the demonstrators were given blankets and left in cars.

Philippine president pardons U.S. Marine jailed for transgender killing
Philippine president pardons U.S. Marine jailed for transgender killing

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday pardoned a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the country nearly six years ago, sparking condemnation from activists who described the move as a "mockery of justice". Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was jailed in 2015 for killing Jennifer Laude near a former U.S. navy base. A trial court signed off on his early release last week for good conduct, but was blocked by an appeal from Laude's lawyers.

Jacob Blake shares message from hospital bed
Jacob Blake shares message from hospital bed

The 29-year-old and father of six also described the constant pain he feels in the minute-long clip posted on Twitter.

Florida activists released after rally over police shootings

More than a dozen demonstrators were released from jail in Florida's capital city, hours after being arrested during a protest over the exoneration of police by a grand jury in the deaths of three Black suspects in separate incidents earlier this year. Saturday's protest drew an unusually high

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The 'world's loneliest elephant' will finally find some friends after 35 years in a Pakistan zoo

Solitary Kaavan has survived in a small enclosure in the Islamabad zoo for eight years and has lived there since 1985.

Russian ex-Gulag town on China
Russian ex-Gulag town on China's doorstep eyes rebirth

The remote Russian town of Svobodny has languished in misery for decades but the launch of new mega-projects with their sights set on nearby China is expected to give it a new lease on life.

Several Boats Sink During Disastrous Trump Parade in Texas
Several Boats Sink During Disastrous Trump Parade in Texas

A parade of boats near Austin, Texas meant to honor President Donald Trump ended in disarray Saturday afternoon as multiple watercraft sank and boaters continually rang local authorities in distress. > Trump supporters on Lake Travis, Texas. What a site to see at least three to four hundred boats. See if it make news today! pic.twitter.com/2K1uJ8Ln3i> > - Linda Hawthorne (@l_hawth67) September 5, 2020With temperatures at 90 degrees and helicopters buzzing overhead, the parade began at noon. The Travis County Sheriff's Office received its first call for help related to the event at 12:15, spokesperson Kristen Dark told The Daily Beast. The sheriff's office responded to similar...

A negative coronavirus test result will be required to board a flight to China from the US
A negative coronavirus test result will be required to board a flight to China from the US

All non-Chinese citizens on flights from US to China will need negative coronavirus test results to board, according to China's embassy in the US.

Rowdy protests get Mali transition talks off to chaotic start
Rowdy protests get Mali transition talks off to chaotic start

Talks in Mali about a transition back to civilian rule following last month's military coup got off to a chaotic start on Saturday as opponents of the deposed president accused the ruling junta of excluding them from some of the negotiations. Hundreds of representatives from the junta, political parties and civil society groups attended the start of talks in the capital Bamako which are meant to chart a path forward after the Aug. 18 coup that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Less than an hour after the opening ceremony began, supporters of the M5-RFP coalition, which led mass demonstrations against Keita before the coup, began to protest, accusing the junta of excluding them...

Video shows the college professor who pretended to be Black attacking the NYPD, accusing it of brutalizing
Video shows the college professor who pretended to be Black attacking the NYPD, accusing it of brutalizing 'our' people at BLM protests

GWU professor Jessica Krug admitted to assuming Black heritage throughout her career, despite being a white Jewish woman from Kansas City.

Pelosi takes heat over visit to California hair salon
Pelosi takes heat over visit to California hair salon

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting heat over a solo hair salon visit in San Francisco at a time when California businesses are limited by concern over coronavirus. "This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business," said spokesman Drew Hammill in a statement. The salon owner said she rents chairs to stylists, one of whom let her know in advance that Pelosi wanted a wash and a blow dry.

China plans to double nuclear arsenal, Pentagon says
China plans to double nuclear arsenal, Pentagon says

China plans to double its stockpile of nuclear warheads in the next decade, including those designed to be carried atop ballistic missiles that can reach the United States, the Pentagon said in a new report.

Trump storms out of press conference after pressed on his support for alleged Kenosha shooter
Trump storms out of press conference after pressed on his support for alleged Kenosha shooter

WATCH: Trump grilled on supporter Kylen Rittenhouse

Appeals court rules Bill Barr can
Appeals court rules Bill Barr can't dismiss criminal charges against Michael Flynn

Federal court rejects Michael Flynn's attempt to have criminal case dismissed


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