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Duterte's drugs war lieutenants get key posts in Philippine police reshuffle

MANILA (Reuters) - Police at the helm of the Philippine war on drugs were given top posts in the national force on Thursday, indicating no let-up in a brutal crackdown that has caused international alarm, and defined Rodrigo Duterte's 21-month presidency.<p>The job of national police chief was given …

Asia

Amazon patent wants to unmask Bitcoin users, sell data to law enforcement, others

Amazon has a brand-new patent to its name that takes a distinctly authoritative stance against the decentralized, pseudo-anonymous nature of the …

Bitcoin

Punishment doled out after officer takes oath with hand puppet

A Tennessee Air National Guard colonel and a senior noncommissioned officer were removed from their positions after a video posted online depicted a …

National Guard

Controversial statue removed from Central Park

A statue of physician J. Marion Sims was removed from Central Park. Sims' advancements in gynecology came via experimental surgeries on enslaved women.

Turner Broadcasting

Lonely Planet names the most stunning buildings in the world

How many have you visited?

European Travel

Koreas expected to announce end of 68-year war

North and South Korea are discussing plans to make a stunning announcement at their leaders summit next week: a permanent end to the 68-year state of …

North Korea

Dent resigns, to leave Congress next month

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and leader of a moderate band of House Republicans, has decided to quit Congress next month.<p>Dent had already announced his retirement, but will now not serve out his term through the end of the year.<p>"After discussions with my …

Elections

The Latest: Russia: Missiles aimed at Syrian air base downed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local):<p>2:50 a.m.<p>The Russian military says Syria's Soviet-made air defense systems have shot down all 12 cruise missile aimed at a Syrian air base.<p>The Russian Defense Ministry said that 12 cruise missiles have been launched …

Middle East

Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state.<p>The U.S. Department of Energy said the 55-gallon …

Nuclear Energy

Tech billionaire says his plan to break up California ready for voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California technology billionaire said on Thursday that his longtime and perhaps quixotic effort to partition the Golden State into multiple new states could soon be put before voters.<p>Venture capitalist Tim Draper said he had gathered about 600,000 signatures on a …

California

Trump signs measure aimed at curbing online sex trafficking

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump signed a measure Wednesday aimed at curbing online sex trafficking, marking a rare bipartisan victory in Washington.<p>The new law paves the way for victims of sex trafficking to hold websites accountable for knowingly facilitating sex trafficking.<p>"Trafficking …

Donald Trump

Philippines approves six-month closure of Boracay tourist island from April

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday approved the closure of the country's most famous tourist island, Boracay, for six months from April 26, his spokesman said, paving the way for a major cleanup of what he had described as a "sewer pool".<p>Boracay, on the northern …

Asia

India's 'cheating mafia' gets to work as school exam season hits

Vast network profits from the desperation of students and parents to get ahead in a country where university places and jobs are limited<p>A few minutes into the final year maths exam at his Delhi high school, Raghav asked to use the bathroom. Inside, he texted pictures of the test paper he had …

Education

The Best Beaches in Europe

1 of 8<p>Navagio, Zakynthos Island, Greece<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 8<p>Calanque d’en Vau, Cassis, France<p>3 of 8<p>Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy<p>Advertisement<p>4 of …

Europe

Archeologist Spends Over 35 Years Building Enormous Scale Model of Ancient Rome

Tucked in the residential Roman neighborhood of EUR, a sprawling 1:250 scale model displays the glory of ancient Rome. Known as the <i>Plastico di Roma Imperiale</i>, the plaster model was commissioned by Mussolini in 1933 and depicts Rome in the 4th century AD at the time of Constantine I. It now sits in …

Italy

States, cities sue US over census citizenship question

NEW YORK (AP) — Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the U.S. government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional.<p>The Trump administration's decision to ask people about their citizenship has set off worries among …

Rhode Island

Too Many Atheists Are Veering Dangerously Toward the Alt-Right

And atheists can't afford to be quiet about it.<p>Many Americans have been rightly horrified by the videos of white supremacists shouting “Jews will not replace us!” But what has gone less noticed is that, unlike far-right American movements of years past, you don’t hear much talk of God or religion …

Religion

Opioid Use Lower In States That Eased Marijuana Laws

Medical marijuana appears to have put a dent in the opioid abuse epidemic, according to two studies published Monday.<p>The research suggests that some people turn to marijuana as a way to treat their pain, and by so doing, avoid more dangerous addictive drugs. The findings are the latest to lend …

Cannabis

Syria's Assad poised for another huge symbolic victory

<b>BEIRUT</b> -- The most powerful Syrian rebel faction on the fringes of Damascus began abandoning its stronghold in the once rebel-held enclave of eastern …

Middle East

In Defense of Ethnic Nationalism

Ethnic nationalism is today disdained by many, even as its importance is increasing in the West. But the liberation of Lithuania 28 years ago this …

Political Science

It's Time to Accept That Assad Is Not Going Anywhere

While rebel factions are still in control of several provinces and a significant stretch of the Syrian countryside, their goal of overthrowing the …

Middle East

4,000 Liberians Must Leave U.S.

This week President Trump made a decision that will have a profound impact on the lives of about 4,000 Liberian immigrants. They have a year to pack up and return to Liberia or risk being deported.<p>Transcript<p>KORVA COLEMAN, HOST:<p>President Trump made a decision this past week that will have a profound …

Immigration

First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S.

Over the decades, this quiet coastal hamlet has earned a reputation as one of the most liberal places in the nation. Arcata was the first U.S. city to ban the sale of genetically modified foods, the first to elect a majority Green Party city council and one of the first to tacitly allow marijuana …

Rights & Freedoms

Texas Woman Sentenced To 5 Years For Illegal Voting

On Nov. 8, 2016, Crystal Mason got out of work and drove through the rain to her home in Dallas. She walked through the door and tried to settle in for the evening. But her mother delivered something akin to a scolding.<p>"You have to go vote!" Mason's mother said, according to her attorney, J. Warren …

Right To Vote

Opioid prescription rates dropping across the country

Opioid prescription rates across the country have been declining since their peak in 2012, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease …

Trump Administration

Germany to recruit more elderly care workers abroad

Recruiting foreign care workers will be Germany's "nearest option" to fix understaffing at homes for the elderly, according to Health Minister Jens …

Social Democrats

Trump freezes $200 million in funds earmarked for Syria recovery

President Trump's administration has frozen $200 million earmarked for Syria recovery efforts, CBS News' Margaret Brennan and Kylie Atwood confirmed. …

Middle East

College student who had distressing behavior, rifles will be deported for visa violation

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Chinese college student who made no threats but had alarmed a roommate and a friend with his behavior and bought two semiautomatic rifles will be deported for an unrelated visa issue, University of Central Florida police said Thursday.<p>Police at the Orlando school said they were first …

Guns

Asia's paradise islands face closure as they struggle to balance booming tourism with preservation

Before it hit the Hollywood big screen, the secluded white sands and crystal blue waters of Thailand’s Maya Bay were feted as a magical, unspoiled getaway for weary travellers to relax and rejuvenate.<p>But the silent beauty of the once pristine bay on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh in the Andaman Sea …

Travelers

A Huge Caravan Of Central Americans Is Headed For The US, And No One In Mexico Dares To Stop Them

"If we all protect each other, we'll get through this together."<p>Taking a drag from her cigarette, a Mexican immigration agent looked out toward a caravan of migrants that grew larger with each step they took on the two-lane highway.<p>When the agent, who'd covered her uniform with an orange and white …

Immigration