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Inmate: Sex, drugs and cash fuel jail corruption

BALTIMORE (AP) — The leader of a violent gang that controlled life inside one of America's most notorious jails testified that he directed guards motivated by sex and money to smuggle in drugs and cellphones and facilitate attacks on inmates who challenged his authority.<p>Tavon "Bulldog" White …

Crime

The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced

Roughly 60 years after the abolition of slavery, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston made an incredible connection: She located the last surviving …

Black History

1453: The Fall of Constantinople

The city of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) was founded by Roman emperor Constantine I in 324 CE and it acted as the capital of the Eastern Roman …

British response to Hurricane Irma 'found wanting', senior MPs say, as Royal Navy arrives in Caribbean

Britain's response to Hurricane Irma has been "found wanting" and many British territories in the Caribbean are in "grave need", senior MPs have warned.<p>Tom Tugendhat, a Tory MP and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Stephen Twigg, a Labour MP and chairman of the International …

Rainfall

The Charlottesville protests are white fragility in action

Here’s why white men are acting like the victims in Charlottesville.<p>A lot of white men are marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, chanting slogans like “white lives matter” and “you will not replace us.” The rally suggests that white men are the real victims of the American political …

Rights & Freedoms

A Not-So-Friendly Reminder That the Trumps Are Profiting From the Presidency

Remember when, before President Trump took office, questions and concerns abounded about his conflicts of interest—that, with business holdings around the world, he could potentially profit from the presidency? Well, according to new financial filings—and surprising exactly no one—it seems he …

The Lost History of an American Coup D’État

Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina are locked in a battle over which party inherits the shame of Jim Crow.<p>By the time the fire started, Alexander Manly had vanished. That didn’t stop the mob of 400 people who’d reached his newsroom from making good on their promise. The crowd, led by a …

Civil Rights

Donald Trump’s shocking disloyalty

Trump promised to hire “the best people.” He has built a White House that will only attract the worst.<p>There are few traits Donald Trump claims to value the way he values loyalty. In a remarkable passage in <i>The Art of the Deal</i>, Trump praises his mentor Roy Cohn for placing loyalty above all else — …

Majority Of Global Poll Respondents Find Trump Arrogant, Dangerous

A new poll from the Pew Research Center has found that Donald Trump's presidency is strongly and negatively impacting how the rest of the world views the United States.<p>At the end of Barack Obama's term, 64 percent of global respondents said they were confident in the U.S. president, compared to 22 …

Geopolitics

Germany to move troops fighting Isil from Turkey air bases, as diplomatic row escalates

Germany is to withdraw troops and aircraft taking part in missions against Isil from Turkey in a major diplomatic row between the two Nato allies.<p>Sigmar Gabriel, the German foreign minister, said on Monday that Turkey had left his country with no choice but to begin pulling out its forces after …

Middle East

John Oliver Blasts 'Insulting' US Coverage of London Terror Attack

“To imply that [the U.K.] is somehow weak enough to be brought to its knees … is insulting,” HBO hosts says<p>HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver …

Did French president snub Donald Trump at Nato summit?

French President Emmanuel Macron posted a video on his Twitter feed, in which he apparently veers away from the approaching US President to greet Angela Merkel and other European leaders first.<p>When they do finally shake hands, Donald Trump's manoeuvres appear larger than ever, to the delight of the …

Duterte imposes martial law in Philippines after Islamist militants go on rampage, 'beheading local police chief' and taking priest hostage

Islamist militants rampaging through a southern Philippine city beheaded a local police chief, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday.<p>He said the attack occurred near the southern city of Marawi, which is under siege by Islamic militants, as justification for imposing martial law across the …

Could North Korea Really Back Up Its Threat and Sink a U.S. Carrier?

Short answer: They probably couldn't even find it.<p>In the latest salvo from North Korea, the country's state newspaper has likened an approaching U.S. aircraft carrier to a "gross animal" and threatened to sink the ship with one blow. Could North Korea really destroy an American aircraft carrier ? …

Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' Carries Danger of Glorifying Suicide, Experts Say

Netflix’s series “13 Reasons Why” has been a critical success but some mental health experts fear the show could glorify teen suicide for those on the edge.<p>The show, released in full on March 31, tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker’s (played by Katherine Langford) suicide through audio tapes …

For the first time in the U.S., a doctor is charged with female genital mutilation. Here's how the law came to be

Even more than two decades later, Harry Reid is haunted by the video an activist told him to watch.<p>Men grabbed a little girl in a white dress at a celebration in Egypt, then spread her legs and pulled out a cutting instrument. Blood pooled beneath her.<p>"I can still see it in my mind's eye, right …

Female Genital Mutilation

Mexico’s Revenge

By antagonizing the U.S.’s neighbor to the south, Donald Trump has made the classic bully’s error: He has underestimated his victim.<p>Leer este artículo en español.<p>When Donald Trump first made sport of thumping Mexico—when he accused America’s neighbor of exporting rapists and “bad hombres,” when he …

Mexico

‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be Helmed By An Unexpected Directing Team

Marvel directors come from all over the place: James Gunn was best known for bloody horror-comedy before <i>Guardians of The Galaxy</i>, Kenneth Branaugh brought his Shakespearean past to <i>Thor</i>, and the Russo brothers were best known for directing <i>Community</i> episodes before Cap came along. Still, for <i>Captain</i> …

Russian bombers spotted off Alaskan coast twice in 24 hours

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers were spotted flying about 41 miles off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, just hours after two US F-22 fighter jets intercepted the same type of Russian aircraft in the area.<p>An E-3 surveillance aircraft was scrambled in response to the second sighting …

The Assad Family: Nemesis of Nine U.S. Presidents

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s first meeting with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, in 1973, dragged on until almost eleven <i>P.M</i>. It ran so long, the <i>Times</i> reported, that the media began to speculate about whether America’s top diplomat had been kidnapped. Assad “negotiated tenaciously and …

Putin Is Looking Vulnerable in a Crumbling Russia

<i>This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site.</i><p>At first glance, Russian actions since the 2014 annexation of Crimea appear to signal a …

ISIS Threatens India's Taj Mahal as Bombs Explode Across City

Two bombs exploded and a train nearly derailed Saturday in the northern Indian city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal mausoleum, days after the Islamic …

Most Young Americans Consider Donald Trump an 'Illegitimate' President, Poll Says

More than half of Americans age 18 to 30 view Donald Trump‘s presidency as “illegitimate,” according to a new poll.<p>The GenForward survey found that …

Comey: 'No Information' To Back Trump's Claim Obama Wiretapped Him

The FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with a covert Russian operation to interfere with the election, FBI Director James Comey told Congress Monday — and he refuted the president’s baseless claim that his predecessor wiretapped his communications.<p>Comey’s confirmation in …

Donald Trump

New to the job, prosecutor takes on anti-death penalty fight

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Florida prosecutor who thrust herself into the forefront of the anti-death penalty movement is a political novice who was …

Kim Jong-nam death suspect 'thought she was in TV prank'

<b>An Indonesian woman held over the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother thought she was taking part in a TV prank, police say.</b><p>Kim Jong-nam is thought to have been poisoned as he waited to board a flight in Malaysia on Monday.<p>Two women and a man were arrested over the …

Trump is showing a reluctance to take responsibility for White House chaos

Asked for the first time publicly to address the dismissal of Michael Flynn, his national security advisor, President Trump was clear Wednesday in his frustration.<p>But the president's target was not Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, nor his conduct.<p>"Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man," Trump …

Donald Trump

Conway, Pence, You Name It—Being Around Trump Ruins Them

Trump has hired some people for their potential ability to lift him up. Instead, he drags them down. Every time.<p>Kellyanne Conway is the latest victim …

Trump’s Russia Ties Are Becoming a Nightmare

New reports reveal that members of the Trump campaign frequently spoke with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential election.<p>Less than one month after he was sworn in, <b>Donald Trump’s</b> presidency appears to be mired in a continuing, seemingly unending cloud of scandal. It deepened on …

In Flynn's Fall, Signs Of Potentially Deeper Problem In Trump's White House

President Trump and his inner circle have reached their first crisis with the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, but the crisis extends well beyond one empty chair in one critical moment.<p>Everything that has happened surrounding Flynn's abrupt departure illustrates the larger …