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Spike in crime: Singapore police investigate toothpicks found in bus seat

Wealthy city-state has one of the lowest crime rates in the world but, as police found, low crime does not mean no crime<p>A 60-year-old Singaporean man is under investigation for inserting toothpicks into a seat on a public bus, a suspected case of “mischief” that could put him behind bars for up to …

Crime

'The type of propaganda you'd see in North Korea': CNN commentator quits to present Trump News

Donald Trump has been accused of creating propaganda that masquerades as news by publishing his new "real news" channel, which airs on his Facebook page.<p>It appears to be part of his war on what he calls the "Fake News Media" - fed up of the news on mainstream channels, he's decided to make his …

Trump hammers Sen. Blumenthal over military record: He 'should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam'

President Donald Trump blasted Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday, calling the Connecticut Democrat “a phony Vietnam con artist” who should take an extended vacation in Vietnam “so he can at least say he was there.”<p>“I think Senator Blumenthal should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam, where he …

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Venezuela
Radiation Therapy

Brexit 'Divorce Bill' Of £36 Billion Rejected By Tory Eurosceptics

'We don't owe them any money.'<p>Britain could reportedly pay up to £36 billion to the European Union in a so-called Brexit divorce bill.<p>Tory …

Donald Trump has a sickening fetish for cruelty

Trump is basically a 71-year old kid delightedly melting ants under his magnifying glass.<p>It isn't very often that the public gets to see a man's soul die inside his body. To see his dignity immolated. His manhood ripped from his bones.<p>And to have it captured all in one picture. Oh, the picture.<p>Late …

New Jersey

The Week In Review: First Human Embryo Editing Experiment In U.S.

For the first time this week scientists removed deadly gene mutations from human embryos, marking a significant breakthrough that scientists theorize could potentially engender the end of some genetic diseases.<p>The landmark study, which successfully expunged a portion of disease-causing genes, …

Halimah Yacob announces bid to be Singapore's next President

SINGAPORE: Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob confirmed on Sunday (Aug 6) that she intends to contest the upcoming Presidential Election, which has …

Asia

Hydrogen Fuel Could Become a Viable Energy Alternative Thanks to This Aluminum Alloy

Strange New Alloy<p>If you have seen or read <i>The Martian</i>, you may recall the stranded astronaut converting a hydrogen-based fuel into water. Well, we may …

Energy

Calls To Investigate Clinton Pose A Challenge To U.S. Political Norms

As Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller investigates alleged Russian ties to the Trump presidential campaign, the White House and some Republicans in Congress are calling for a second investigation.<p>The proposed target is a retired woman living in a small town in New York's Hudson …

Donald Trump

“It’s just an embarrassing spectacle at this point”: Matt Taibbi on Trump’s America

Rolling Stone’s funniest political reporter gets dead serious about Trump.<p>“Pull a lever for me and you’ll horrify them all.”<p>That’s how Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi described the pitch that Donald Trump made to voters during the 2016 campaign when we spoke earlier this year. Roughly half the …

The White House's Credibility Problem Is Getting Worse — Not Better

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>The White House’s credibility problem is getting worse, not better…<p>WASHINGTON — It’s no secret that the Trump administration and its allies have a significant …

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How to Make Plutonium

The inside of the wet hot cell at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists use nitric acid and columns of silica glass to remove dangerously radioactive material that accrues in neptunium—plutonium's precursor—during shipping from Idaho National Laboratory.<p>The strangest product catalog on …

Remain voters destroyed Tory majority by flocking to Labour as 'best bet' to stop a hard Brexit, finds study

Remain voters destroyed the Conservatives’ majority by flocking to Labour as the “best bet” to stop a hard Brexit, a huge election study has …

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Venezuela
Donald Trump

“Things that have lasted longer than Mooch”: Twitter laughs at firing of Anthony Scaramucci

“He got hired, divorced, had a baby, and fired in 10 days. Like a fruit fly”<p>"The Mooch" is out -- and Donald Trump's White House resembles the "Hunger Games" more and more every day.<p>Ten days after being announced as the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci was unceremoniously …

Divorce

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 — …

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Video shows U.S. border officers telling Mexican teen to drink the liquid meth that killed him

Cruz Velazquez Acevedo began convulsing shortly after he drank the liquid methamphetamine he’d brought with him from Tijuana, Mexico.<p>The 16-year-old had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to San Diego and was going through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was carrying two bottles of liquid that he …

Immigration

Obamacare vote isn't the only sign of GOP resistance to Trump

In the year since<p>Donald Trumpwon the Republican presidential nomination, party leaders have been reluctant to challenge a man who has formed a tight bond with conservative voters, even when he upset party orthodoxies and norms of presidential behavior.<p>But that reticence is breaking down. A …

What McCain did was hard. What Murkowski and Collins did was much harder.

In the early-morning hours after Senate Republicans' last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare failed, a common narrative began to emerge: that while three “no” votes from Republicans killed the bill, only Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) saved the day.<p>CNN called it “John McCain's maverick moment.” The …

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Trump Chief Of Staff Priebus Is Out — In Biggest White House Staff Shake-Up Yet

<b>Updated at 8 p.m. ET</b><p>He rose from relative state-party obscurity and reached an unlikely pinnacle as the man responsible for the agenda of the president of the United States.<p>Now, Reince Priebus is out of that job as White House chief of staff in the most significant shake-up of the rocky Trump …

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Donald Trump Eats First

Even prominent right-wing populists are beginning to worry that they invested their faith in an unstable leader.<p>This week, as Donald Trump publicly attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an assault one restrained observer described as “a multitiered tower of political idiocy, a sublime monument …

Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon

He started by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. It escalated from there.<p>On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn’t happy. Earlier in the night, I’d tweeted, citing a “senior White House …

Donald Trump

Charlie Gard to be moved to a hospice to die, British judge rules | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Charlie Gard will spend his final hours in a hospice before the ventilator that keeps him alive is turned off, a judge ruled on Thursday, after a harrowing legal battle that prompted a debate over who has the moral right to decide the fate of a sick child.<p>Charlie’s distraught …

Charlie Gard

Tech leaders speak out against Trump ban on transgender troops

Salesforce and the CEO of Google are among the first tech leaders to publicly speak out after President Trump's announcement Wednesday to ban …

LGBTQI

Trump may have announced the transgender military ban to save a bill funding the border wall

House Republicans were reportedly at loggerheads all week over a spending bill and couldn't agree on whether to insist on a ban on Pentagon-funded gender reassignment surgeries.<p>The standoff threatened to tank the entire bill, which included funding for the border wall for which Trump campaigned and …

Donald Trump

The polygamous town facing genetic disaster

In a remote region of the US, a town is struggling with a chilling health crisis caused by a recessive gene. The reason? Here, polygamy is still practised.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>“We are to gird up our loins and fulfil this, just …

Salt Lake City

U.S. energy secretary duped into fake interview with Russian comedians

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry optimistically discussed expanding American coal exports to Ukraine and other energy matters during a lengthy phone call this month with a Russian prankster who Perry thought was Ukraine's prime minister.<p>Perry actually was talking with …

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