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Trump Gives Putin a Pass on Bounties So He Can Target Leakers Instead
Trump Gives Putin a Pass on Bounties So He Can Target Leakers Instead

In the days since The New York Times broke the news on U.S. intelligence examining claims of Russian bounties being offered to kill American military personnel in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump has turned his ire not at the Russian government, but instead on two of his favorite enemies: the news media and their confidential sources.According to two people familiar with the matter, the president in recent days has privately expressed-"rather loudly," in the words of one of the sources-his desire for a leak investigation into how that story ended up in the Times, and his wish for the leaker or leakers to face a heavy prison sentence.This happens as the president publicly trashes the...

Schools reopen across Thailand with temperature checks, masks
Schools reopen across Thailand with temperature checks, masks

Thai schools reopened on Wednesday for the first time since mid-March, with precautions in place to guard against the coronavirus, ranging from temperature checks to installing makeshift cubicles for social distancing in classrooms. At Sam Khok school, about 50 km (31 miles) north of Bangkok, nearly 5,000 students were told to self-quarantine at home for 15-days prior to the re-start as an extra precaution, Principal Chuchart Thiengtham said. "Once students arrive at school, teachers hand face masks to them because it's mandatory to wear them," said Chuchart, adding that face shields were also provided to pupils for additional safety during some activities.

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Israel's Military Is a Powerhouse for 1 Big Reason: It Makes U.S. Weapons Better

An impressive track record.

EU holds off decision on borders, Americans set to be excluded
EU holds off decision on borders, Americans set to be excluded

European Union countries failed to settle on Friday on a final "safe list" of countries whose residents could travel to the bloc from July, with the United States, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded. Ambassadors from the 27 EU members convened from Friday afternoon to establish criteria for granting quarantine-free access from next Wednesday. The list did not include the United States, Brazil or Russia, one diplomat said.

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Here's why Britain is struggling to form a fully effective carrier strike group

Britain's Royal Navy took delivery of two new aircraft carriers, but a government report on the ships achieving operational capability has laid bare some obstacles toward making a fully effective carrier strike group.

Mississippi health official blames spiraling US COVID-19 cases on people ignoring masks and social distancing, says only
Mississippi health official blames spiraling US COVID-19 cases on people ignoring masks and social distancing, says only 'catastrophe' will make them change

In some states, the uptick in infections is prompting authorities to reimpose bans or put a pause on lifting more restrictions.

North Carolina protesters tear down  Confederate statue and hang it by the neck from a post
North Carolina protesters tear down  Confederate statue and hang it by the neck from a post

Protesters in North Carolina's capital pulled down parts of a Confederate monument Friday on night and hanged one of the toppled statues from a light post. Demonstrators used a strap to pull down two statues of Confederate soldiers that were part of a larger obelisk near the state capitol in downtown Raleigh, news outlets reported. Police officers earlier in the evening had foiled the protesters' previous attempt to use ropes to topple the statues. But after the officers cleared the area, protesters mounted the obelisk and were able to take down the statues. They then dragged the statues down a street and used a rope to hang one of the figures by its neck from a light post. The other...

Police die enforcing Latin America
Police die enforcing Latin America's strictest lockdown as Peru's futile strategy unravels

When Peru introduced one of Latin America's strictest lockdowns, national police brigadier David Rodriguez was sent to the streets of Lima to enforce the new guidelines. Just one month later the 55 year-old was struggling to breathe in the police clinic, pleading desperately on social media to be moved to an intensive care unit and for more oxygen. He died shortly after. "They're the ones sent out to protect others from the virus and they end up infected themselves," his daughter Krystell Rodriguez told The Telegraph. According to the country's interior minister, nearly 10,000 police officers have contracted Covid-19 on duty in the country and 170 have died. The numbers not only present a...

Stephen Colbert Slams Trump
Stephen Colbert Slams Trump's 'Stupid' Juneteenth Claim

In an extremely rare walk-back last week, President Donald Trump moved the date of his big Tulsa campaign rally so that it would no longer fall on Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery. Then, he undid any sliver of goodwill he may have received by claiming that he is responsible for making that 150-year-old holiday famous."While Trump had his mouth open anyway, a lot of other stupid stuff dribbled out," Stephen Colbert said on The Late Show Thursday night before revealing the comments Trump made in a new interview with The Wall Street Journal. "Far from being ashamed" about the original scheduling decision, the host said, "Trump was proud of it." Juan Williams Leaves...

Texas sees its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations so far
Texas sees its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations so far

The spike in cases comes as the state continues to move forward with its plan to reopen.

Special Report: U.S. school closures dramatically shrinking public education, Reuters finds
Special Report: U.S. school closures dramatically shrinking public education, Reuters finds

Panditaratne is left to download her daughter's special education material and sit with her as she does her school work-in between her own calls as a maritime lawyer in South Florida. More than two months after schools across the United States began closing in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the shutdown is taking a profound toll on the nation's system of education, Reuters found by surveying nearly 60 school districts serving some 2.8 million students. Almost overnight, public education in the United States has shrunk to a shell of its former self, the review found, with teacher instruction, grading, attendance, special education and meal services for hungry children...

Neighbors gather to protect South Philadelphia Target from looting
Neighbors gather to protect South Philadelphia Target from looting

While looters broke into stores across the Philadelphia area, it was a much different scene at the South Philadelphia Target store.

Indonesia pulls out of annual Mecca pilgrimage over virus fears
Indonesia pulls out of annual Mecca pilgrimage over virus fears

Indonesia is pulling out of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca over coronavirus fears, the religious affairs ministry said Tuesday, removing the largest contingent of worshippers. More than 220,000 people from the world's biggest Muslim-majority country were set to take part in this year's hajj, which all Muslims must perform at least once in their lives if able. On Tuesday, Indonesia said it was pulling out of the pilgrimage, which last year drew about 2.5 million Muslims to Saudi Arabia from across the globe.

Hitler Was a Real-Life Monster: What the Nazis Did to Germany
Hitler Was a Real-Life Monster: What the Nazis Did to Germany

A terrible, terrible group of people.


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