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Trump’s ad-libbed North Korean missile crisis

(CNN)President Donald Trump effectively ad-libbed his way into a test of wills with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and an unpredictable cycle of escalation — largely due to both men’s propensity for white-hot rhetoric and a desire to project strong leadership. One day after Trump fired off a blistering and improvised warning to rain “fire and fury” over the communist state if it kept up its own threats, North…

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Boko Haram favors women, children as suicide bombers, study reveals

(CNN)The majority of suicide bombers used by terror group Boko Haram to kill innocent victims are women and children, a US study reveals. The group’s reign of terror has left an estimated 35,000 dead over the last six years; Warner says the “vast majority” of the group’s victims are “innocent, everyday Nigerians, Cameroonians, Nigerians and Chadians, not government or military personnel.” “The loss of life caused by Boko Haram —…

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Trump could disrupt careful diplomatic messaging on North Korea

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s blunt threat to North Korea that it could face the United States’ “fire and fury” could undermine work the rest of his Cabinet has been doing to defuse growing tensions in Asia. The top US diplomat has paired that endeavor with an equally important but more subtle project: sending messages of reassurance to China and other Asian nations that the US’ aim isn’t to destroy North…

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Premier League at 25: 2002-2007 – BBC News

The Premier League is 25 years old on 15 August 2017. To mark the anniversary, BBC Sport has produced five pieces, each covering a five-year period in the competition’s history. This is the third piece, focusing on the span from the 2002-03 season to the end of the 2006-07 campaign, when Arsenal went a season unbeaten, Jose Mourinho declared himself the ‘Special One’ and big money began flowing into the…

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North Korea ups rhetoric following President Trump’s threat of ‘fire and fury’

(CNN)North Korea is threatening to launch preemptive military strikes against the United States, including targeting the US Pacific island territory of Guam, the latest salvo in an increasingly aggressive back-and-forth between Pyongyang and Washington. Pyongyang’s provocation followed the most aggressive language yet from US President Donald Trump on North Korea, who vowed to unleash “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the United States. How much damage can…

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Before a North Korea war, we’d see this

(CNN)Despite bellicose rhetoric coming from US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, analysts say there are no signs the US is planning a first strike on North Korea or that Kim will make good on threats to hit the US territory of Guam. Mark Hertling, a retired US Army general and CNN analyst, said the tens of thousands of US civilians, many of them military dependents,…

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Trump’s credibility crisis goes nuclear

(CNN)With his jaw set and his arms crossed, Donald Trump delivered the most incendiary public threat by an American president in many decades. From political, diplomatic, and historical perspectives, Trump’s threat, delivered from his golf club in New Jersey, was an extraordinary moment and shattered years of national security conventions in apparently threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to an adversary’s rhetoric — rather than an existential threat to…

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‘They have nothing to lose. We do’: Australia struggles with extremist threat

Sydney, Australia (CNN)For most young Australians, the violence and extremism of Syria feels a world away. But for a tiny minority, ISIS exerts a powerful allure, leading a small but significant number to head to the Middle East to take up arms. For some, the ISIS connection is real and immediate. “I know two friends, two personal friends of mine who traveled to fight for ISIS,” says a 20-year-old university…

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Canadian envoy arrives in Pyongyang, North Korean media says

(CNN)A Canadian government envoy, Daniel Jean, national security adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his party arrived in Pyongyang, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. It gave no further details about why the Canadian official was there. In letters to family, friends, and members of his church in Mississauga, Ontario, Lim has complained of stomach pain and high blood pressure. Former N.Korea bodyguard details abuse

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Ex-Northwestern professor in court for 1st time in Chicago stabbing death

(CNN)An ex-Northwestern University professor who is accused of stabbing a man to death in his Chicago apartment appeared in court for the first time since leading police on a sweeping, cross-country manhunt that ended with his arrest last week. Lathem’s attorney, Kenneth Wine, said his client was charged for “murder and fleeing” in Illinois, but he has not been formally arraigned on those charges.

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Premier League at 25: 1997-2002 – BBC News

The Premier League is 25 years old on 15 August 2017. To mark the anniversary, BBC Sport has produced five pieces, each covering a five-year period in the competition’s history. This is the second piece, focusing on the span from the 1997-98 season to the end of the 2001-02 campaign, when Paulo Di Canio went from referee-shoving villain to the epitome of sportsmanship and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal revolution promoted a…

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Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Germany of ‘abetting terrorists’

(CNN)Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Germany of “abetting terrorists” amid a widening spat between Ankara and Berlin. “When there is a terrorist, they can tell us to give that person back. You won’t send the ones you have to us, but can ask us for yours. So you have a judiciary, but we don’t in Turkey?” he said, according to Reuters. Wife of imprisoned German-Turkish journalist speaks out

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Australian cops smash international drug ring, seize 2 tons of narcotics

(CNN)Police in Australia say they have “destroyed” two international crime syndicates and seized more than two tons of narcotics “destined for Australian streets.” Ten suspects were taken into custody in Sydney, while police in the United Arab Emirates arrested five Australians, including two living in the city, the statement from the AFP said. Police in the Netherlands arrested two other people.

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Trump gets a win on North Korea, but sees no easing of crisis

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration can claim a genuine foreign policy win, marked by deft diplomacy on two continents, following the passage of the most punitive UN sanctions ever imposed against North Korea. Washington and its allies will hope that the new assault on Pyongyang’s already heavily sanctioned economy will change Kim Jong Un’s calculations in the building nuclear showdown. Russia, North Korea pose challenges to US Haley: Sanctions are a…

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Prevent criticism ‘stems from ignorance’ – BBC News

Designed to support people at risk of joining extremist groups and carrying out terrorist activities, it is focused on schools, faith organisations, prisons and other communities where people can be at risk of radicalisation. Reality Check: Why Prevent divides opinion Baroness Warsi: Prevent should be paused Manchester bomber ‘not known’ to Prevent scheme But the Muslim Council of Britain has said young Muslims were being targeted, and a former senior…

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Brexit negotiations ‘have not begun well’ – Sir Simon Fraser – BBC News

“The negotiations have only just begun, I don’t think they have begun particularly promisingly, frankly, on the British side,” he said. “We haven’t put forward a lot because, as we know, there are differences within the cabinet about the sort of Brexit that we are heading for and until those differences are further resolved I think it’s very difficult for us to have a clear position.” “I think so far…

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North and South Korean top diplomats speak in Manila, South Korean media reports

Manila, Philippines (CNN)The foreign ministers of North Korea and South Korea spoke face-to-face at a gala in Manila Sunday night, according to South Korean media reports, at a time of heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s missile program. It was the first high-level encounter between the two Koreas since South Korea President Moon Jae-in took office in May and comes after the United Nations Saturday approved the “strongest sanctions ever imposed” in…

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Republican senators realizing legislative agenda is in their own hands

Washington (CNN)Republican senators left Washington for the annual August recess last week, devoid of the kind of monumental accomplishments many of them had hoped for. In part, they have themselves to blame. After using a process that required only Republican support, they still failed to find consensus on a plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and haven’t otherwise moved on President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda. Sen. Ron Johnson on…

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US Secretary of State Tillerson: Russian election meddling ‘created serious mistrust’

Manila (CNN)The top US diplomat told his Russian counterpart that Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election has seriously damaged the relationship between the two countries. “We talked about it in the discussion we had with Minister Lavrov yesterday — and trying to help them understand just how serious this incident had been and how seriously it had damaged the relationship between the US and the American people and…

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ boss talks Spicer, political castings

(CNN)The cast of “Dancing With the Stars” Season 25 is still taking shape, and while former White House communications director Sean Spicer won’t be among those hitting the ballroom this year, executive producer Deena Katz is leaving her options open as she rounds out the lineup. Katz has several reservations about including any former White House figures in the upcoming season, namely her desire to keep the ballroom a place…

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Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document

Ideological diversity is all that matters, right?Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Inside Google, there’s a document circulating called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard, the 10-page Google Doc allegedly argues that biological differences between men and women account for the representation gap in tech and that Google should not offer programs for underrepresented minorities. The document also reportedly says that employees with…

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