Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’

Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’The president tweeted on Sunday that it is “very sad” Republicans are doing "very little to protect" him — and admitted that the ongoing Russia probe, while “phony,” may be “taking hold.”


San Antonio: Nine people found dead in lorry outside Walmart were victims of 'horrific human trafficking crime'

San Antonio: Nine people found dead in lorry outside Walmart were victims of 'horrific human trafficking crime'Eight suspected illegal immigrants have been found dead inside a truck parked behind a Walmart store in Texas, authorities say. Many were suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion in the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Twenty people were airlifted to seven hospitals and their conditions were "critical to very critical", Mr Hood said.


Snooty, the world's oldest manatee, dies in shocking accident

Snooty, the world's oldest manatee, dies in shocking accidentThe world's oldest manatee was expected to live even longer before he died in a tragic accident. Museum staff were heartbroken when their pride and joy perished a day after celebrating his 69th birthday. The South Florida Museum chief executive Brynne Anne Besio explained the death of the beloved animal in a statement. He said Snooty’s death appeared to be “a heartbreaking accident” and added that staff were “devastated”. Museum provost and chief operating officer Jeff Rodgers said Snooty died after becoming stuck in a maintenance hatch leading off his tank. Credit: Tamara Lush/AP In a Facebook live broadcast, he said the animal shared his space with three young rescued manatees, Randall, Baca and Gale. “The hatch is big enough for a 1,300lb manatee to get in," he said. “It appears that he was not able to get himself back around to get himself out of the situation.” It is thought the animal drowned, but an necropsy is yet to be completed. He said the three other manatees were not injured. Credit: https://www.facebook.com/SouthFLMuseum  Mr Rogers said: "We’re all devastated about his passing. We’re reviewing what happened and will be conducting a full investigation. "Snooty was such a unique animal and he had so much personality that people couldn’t help but be drawn to him. As you can imagine, I – and our staff, volunteers and board members – considered him a star. We all deeply mourn his passing." Credit: https://www.facebook.com/SouthFLMuseum He said that staff had been greeting people at the door to the aquarium to tell them the heartbreaking news, and that staff had been helping adults break the news to their children. “Snooty’s very important to this community,” Rodgers said. “He’s been with us for 68 years – generations have grown up with that manatee. The emotional outpouring today… we grieve right along with these folks. We’ve given a lot of hugs on the front porch of the museum today. “A lot of people loved that manatee. We loved him too.”


Snooty, world's oldest known manatee, dies in aquarium accident

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US student freed after week held in China over taxi dispute

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Hezbollah says battle with Nusra Front almost won at Syria-Lebanon border

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Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

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Safety Tips For Watching The Solar Eclipse

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Kellyanne Conway explains what she meant by ‘alternative facts’

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Human trafficking suspected as nine people die in sweltering lorry at Texas car park

Human trafficking suspected as nine people die in sweltering lorry at Texas car parkAt least nine people have died after being crammed inside a sweltering lorry parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of "ruthless" human traffickers. The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were in hospital in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said. Authorities were called to the San Antonio car park late Saturday night or early Sunday and found eight dead inside the truck. A ninth victim died at the hospital. The victims "were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water" to air conditioning, Fire Chief Charles Hood said.  Based on initial interviews with survivors of the weekend tragedy, more than 100 people may have been packed into the back of the 18-wheeler at one point in its journey, ICE acting Director Thomas Homan said. In addition to the dead, there were 28 injured - 20 of them severely Thirty-nine were inside when rescuers arrived, and the rest were believed to have escaped or hitched rides to their next destination, officials said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius). The truck's driver was arrested and will face charges, said Richard Durbin, US attorney for the Western District of Texas, and prosecutors are working to identify others responsible. The bodies were discovered after officials were led to the trailer by a man who had approached a Walmart employee and asked for water. "All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo," Durbin said. "These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus degree heat," he said. A police officer works on the crime scene behind a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas Credit: Ray Whitehouse/Reuters San Antonio is about 150 miles (240 km) north of the border with Mexico. Temperatures in the area held above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8C) until 6 p.m. local time on Saturday and were expected to soar into the 100s again on Sunday, with humidity making the heat feel close to 110 degrees, forecasters said. Raids on suspected illegal immigrants have ramped up across the United States in recent months, after president Donald Trump's vow to crack down on those entering the country without authorisation or overstaying their visas. In Texas alone, federal immigration agents said they arrested 123 illegal immigrants with criminal records in an eight-day operation that ended last week. The San Antonio deaths come more than a decade after what is considered the worst immigrant smuggling case in US history, when 70 people were found stuffed into an 18-wheeler. Nineteen of them died in the incident in Victoria, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of San Antonio, in May 2003. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the latest fatalities as a "horrible tragedy" and said other suspects had fled the scene as police officers arrived. Police forensics officers work on the crime scene "Checking the video, there were a number of vehicles that came and picked up other people who were in that trailer," McManus said. Twenty people were airlifted to seven hospitals and their conditions were "critical to very critical," Hood said. Eight others are hospitalised in less serious condition, he said. At San Antonio's University Hospital, six adults were admitted early Sunday with heat-related injuries, all of them in critical condition, spokesman Donald Finley said. McManus said the people in the truck ranged from school-age juveniles to adults in their 20s and 30s. He said the Department of Homeland Security had joined the investigation, and that the origin of the truck is unclear. Experts have warned in recent months that tougher immigration policies could make it more difficult to stop human trafficking. Measures to harden international borders encourage would-be migrants to turn to smugglers and fear of deportation deters whistle-blowing, they said. The Border Patrol has regularly reported finding suspected immigrants inside trucks along the U.S. border with Mexico. Earlier this month, 72 Latin Americans were found in a trailer in Laredo, it said. In June, 44 people were found in the back of a lorry in the same Texas city, which lies directly across the Rio Grande from Mexico.  


Woman Shares Touching Photo of Walmart Employee Helping Blind Man Shop

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The Latest: USS Constitution returns to water after repairs

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Sergey Kislyak: Russian ambassador at centre of US election controversy ends eventful term

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HIV fight advances with new drug cocktails, fresh vaccine hopes

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Afghanistan's Shiites mark anniversary of deadly attack

Afghanistan's Shiites mark anniversary of deadly attackThe site west of Kabul is the last resting place for victims of a deadly suicide bombing on July 23 last year -- the first claimed by the Islamic State group in the heart of Kabul against Afghanistan's Shiite Muslim Hazara ethnic minority. The line from Turkmenistan to Kabul, capital of energy-starved Afghanistan, bypasses the province of Bamiyan, a Hazara stronghold. For Hazara leaders the route is a further sign of discrimination against their community and their province, one of the least developed in Afghanistan.


There might be a whole bunch of water hiding inside the moon

There might be a whole bunch of water hiding inside the moon

With how much attention humanity has devoted to studying Earth's moon over the centuries, you'd think we'd had a good handle on just about everything there is to know about our nearest neighbor. Some extremely interesting new research suggests that's simply not the case, and if the scientific team comprised of researchers from the University of Hawaii as well as Brown holds water, the moon might be a great deal more wet inside than previously thought.

Scientists have known for some time that there is at least some water on the moon. However, the complete lack of an atmosphere and the ravages of our sun was blamed for its almost complete depletion. But now, the idea that a greater amount of water might be hiding underneath the moon's surface is beginning to look quite plausible, and after detecting tiny bits of water encased in volcanic glass within the moon rocks brought back to Earth from the Apollo missions, this new research effort is looking deeper.

Combining the previous discoveries with extremely accurate temperature readings of the moon's surface, the team suggests that "water-rich deposits" are hiding just below the dusty landscape. The readings point to pockets of water trapped within long dormant volcanic areas, and while the team hasn't ventured a guess as to how the water originally got on the moon in the first place, they are fairly certain that it is indeed there.

With several planned missions aimed at further manned exploration of the lunar surface and even the potential of moon bases, the presence of water and the possibility of utilizing it will surely be explored before long.


Alaska town's purr-fect unofficial cat mayor dies

Alaska town's purr-fect unofficial cat mayor diesJuly 23 (Reuters) - Stubbs, the cat who became the unofficial mayor and a tourist attraction for the small Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at 20, his owners said.


Donald Trump accuses Republicans of 'doing very little' to protect him during 'phony Russian witch hunt'

Donald Trump accuses Republicans of 'doing very little' to protect him during 'phony Russian witch hunt'Having spent the day at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, he returned home to fire off a brace of tweets in his typically combative style. Mr Trump did not elaborate on which Republicans he meant but many within his own party have attacked him ever since he announced his intention to seek the party’s nomination, accusing him of being a political opportunist rather than a “true” Republican. Members of the Republican party are playing in active role in the various investigations into the Trump campaign team’s communications with Russian representatives ahead of the 2016 election.


Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 yearsMicrosoft is finally killing off its legendary Paint program after more than three decades.  The software giant announced it will drop support for the popular drawing app in its upcoming Windows 10 update. It marked Paint as "deprecated" in a list of apps and features that may be removed from the software, meaning the app is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases". Microsoft Paint has been a staple of the Windows operating system for 32 years and has been installed with every version since 1985. The tool lets users easily copy and paste, crop and colour images, or simply doodle and create drawings.  As of last year, Paint was still used by 100 million people a month, according to Microsoft.  Oi @Microsoft! #paintpic.twitter.com/XSmeLn2V5n— Mark Reel (@markreel) July 24, 2017 Microsoft is stopping making Microsoft Paint, goodbye to all our childhood years— King Boo(b) (@NlNTENDHO) 24 July 2017 RIP Microsoft Paint. ��— Jamie Gilbey (@Poddddddd) 24 July 2017 The death of Paint comes as part of Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced in May. The update will bring tools that make it easier to switch between tablets, laptop and phones and augmented reality video and photo editing tools in StoryMix. The Fall Creators update is expected to be released in the Autumn, although Microsoft has not confirmed a release date. Microsoft Paint has come a long way. With Paint 3D, it's easy to create in the third dimension. See how: https://t.co/hNhuYCF2iK#Windows10pic.twitter.com/O6992ZtqoH— Windows (@Windows) July 19, 2017 Microsoft is sidelining Paint following the release of its next generation Paint 3D in April. Paint 3D contains tools for 3D image making and, although it is inspired by the original, is not a direct update.  While Paint is not useful for complicated photo editing or design, its simplicity made it popular with early users of Windows and it has remained a feature of the operating system. The best art made using Microsoft Paint The updated Paint 3D is designed for use with Microsoft's Surface Pen, which lets users draw more natural and detailed pictures than were ordinarily possible in classic Paint. Despite its simplicity, many users were still able to create detailed drawings and sketches using the simple tools in Paint. Windows through the ages


Serbia's president urges nation to resolve Kosovo relations

Serbia's president urges nation to resolve Kosovo relationsBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia must resolve its relations with its breakaway former province of Kosovo in order to move forward, Serbia's president wrote in an opinion piece Monday.


Polish president vetoes controversial court reforms

Polish president vetoes controversial court reformsPolish President Andrzej Duda on Monday vetoed controversial judicial reforms that had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions. The veto came as a surprise move from Duda, a close ally of the ruling rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party that had pushed the reforms. Duda said he had made his decision after extensive consultations with legal experts at the weekend, when thousands of people took to the streets across Poland urging him to veto proposals that have led critics to accuse the government of threatening the rule of law.


Five killed in Mexico City shootings

Five killed in Mexico City shootingsFive people were killed and nearly a dozen injured in separate shootings in Mexico City on Sunday, authorities said, adding to a growing death toll in the capital which has largely been spared the criminal violence plaguing the country. Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot four people in a bar in the gritty Llano Redondo neighborhood on the city's southwestern fringe early on Sunday morning, according to the local attorney general's office. Then on Sunday afternoon, a 45-year-old woman and a man of 55 were fatally shot at a street market in the sprawling borough of Iztapalapa on the eastern edge of Mexico City, the attorney general's office said in a statement.


Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other Family

Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other FamilyShe claims their negligence led to the boys' deaths in the suit.


Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King ArthurArchaeologists are back at the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Last summer, researchers discovered traces of early medieval life at Tintagel in Cornwall, on England's southwest coast, where the legendary British monarch was said to have been born. It was during this time that King Arthur is said to have fought the invading Saxons.


The Latest: Hamas leader praises 'heroic' knife attacker

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Venezuela’s symphony of protests

Venezuela’s symphony of protestsMusicians in Venezuela have been taking their instruments to protests this year, and a violist was killed in June. Here are some of the players in action.


California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go home

California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go homeCalifornia authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more local residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to contain the blaze fully. The Detwiler Fire is 40 percent contained, unchanged from Saturday, after burning 76,000 acres (30,700 hectares) and 130 structures, including 63 homes, since it broke out on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. Evacuation orders were lifted as of 12 p.m. PST for much of the historic gold rush era town of Coulterville and nearby areas as firefighters completed firelines to contain the blaze, Cal Fire said in a statement.


What Happens If You Eat Too Much Tuna Fish?

What Happens If You Eat Too Much Tuna Fish?Tuna fish is healthy and tasty, but too much of it can be deadly.


Ohio set to resume executions, child killer awaits appeals

Ohio set to resume executions, child killer awaits appealsOhio is moving toward carrying out its first execution in more than three years.


Ryanair firms Alitalia interest, as EasyJet boosts jobs

Ryanair firms Alitalia interest, as EasyJet boosts jobsRyanair has made a "non-binding offer" for loss-making Italian rival Alitalia, the Irish no-frills carrier said Monday, as rival EasyJet said it plans to employ more than 1,200 new staff. "We have made a non-binding offer for Alitalia. As the largest airline in Italy, it's important we are involved in the process," Ryanair said in a statement after Italian media said Friday that about ten such bids had been made.


How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?

How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?Tensions over nuclear weapons have been raised further after North Korea claimed to have successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile.  This latest move comes amid increasing concern over North Korea's military capabilities, with the new US administration upping its rhetoric in response.  While the Pyongyang regime increases the frequency with which it is conducting missile tests, Donald Trump's defence secretary Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis has warned North Korea of an "effective and overwhelming" response if Pyongyang used nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, rhetoric hints at a return of the expansion of nuclear arsenals across the world. In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of defence chiefs that strengthening nuclear capability should be a key objective for 2017. Donald Trump then took to Twitter to respond, vowing to do the same. The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 Such rhetoric has led to concerns about the world's nuclear capacity and the unpredictability of those in charge of the warheads. It seems the world is a long way from "coming to its senses" - with millions of kilotons already in military service around the world. Between them, the world's nuclear-armed states have around 15,000 warheads - the majority of which belong to the US and Russia. It is estimated that just under 10,000 of these are in military service, with the rest awaiting dismantlement, according to the Arms Control Association.  Putin says Russia should strengthen its nuclear arsenal 00:51 Which countries have nuclear weapons? There are five nuclear-weapon states in the world: China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States. These are officially recognised as possessing such weapons by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty acknowledges and legitimises their arsenals, but they are not supposed to build or maintain them forever. Indeed, they have committed to eliminate them.  There are also four other countries that have nuclear weapons: Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea. These countries didn't sign the Treaty, and together possess an estimated 340 nuclear weapons.  But it's Russia and the US that have by far the most in the world - dominating all other countries by collectively sharing 88 per cent of the world's arsenal of stockpiled nukes. This figure increases to 93 per cent when we consider retired nukes.  How the world's 15,000 nukes are divided How deadly could these nuclear weapons be? The world's current collection of 14,900 nuclear weapons possesses enough power to kill millions of people and flatten dozens of cities.  According to Telegraph research, it is estimated that the US and Russian arsenals combined have power equating to 6,600 megatons. This is a tenth of the total solar energy received by Earth every minute. According to the NukeMap website, the dropping of the B-83, the largest bomb in the current US arsenal, would kill 1.4m people in the first 24 hours. A further 3.7m people would be injured, as the thermal radiation radius reached 13.km.  Likewise, the "Tsar Bomba" is the largest USSR bomb tested. If this bomb was dropped on New York, it is estimated that it could kill 7.6m people and injure 4.2m more. The nuclear fallout could reach an approximate area of 7,880km on a 15mph wind, impacting millions more people.  Both America and Russia's arsenals are regulated by several treaties that place limits on the numbers and kinds of warheads and delivery systems they have.   If either country were to expand their nuclear capacity even further, as Trump and Putin have hinted at, it could shatter these agreements and plunge the world into a new Cold War. North Korean missile ranges Our figures on nuclear weapons, based on statistics from the Arms Control Association, are mainly estimates because of the secretive nature with which most governments treat information about their arsenals. 


Teenagers who laughed and filmed a disabled man as he drowned may face criminal charges

Teenagers who laughed and filmed a disabled man as he drowned may face criminal chargesFive boys between 14 and 16 years old reportedly laughed loudly when 32-year-old Jamel Dunn screamed and was submerged in a retention pond in Cocoa, Florida. The teenagers taunted and shouted insults at Dunn during the one-minute video as he struggled in the water and shouted for help. Under Florida law, it is not a punishable offence for a witness not to help a person in need, and the youths were likely not to face charges.


The Commodification of Orthodox Judaism

The Commodification of Orthodox JudaismTwo perceived qualities of Orthodox Judaism—authenticity and ancientness—are enticing people outside this religious tradition to pay for the chance to sample it. In Israel, secular citizens and foreign visitors willing to fork over $20 to the tour company Israel-2Go can embark on a trip to an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, where they’ll watch men in black hats and women in long skirts buying challah bread from a kosher bakery while a guide narrates the scene. They can also pay to take a tour of the menorahs in Jerusalem’s Old City alleyways during Hanukkah; eat a five-course Friday night Shabbat meal in the home of an observant family; or hear a lecture about the different nuances of the black-and-white garb worn by men from various ultra-Orthodox sects.


Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from LibyaSeven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say. The corpses have been shipped to Misrata, a city further to the west whose forces led the fight to defeat Islamic State in Sirte in December. Allowing the bodies to be shipped home to countries such as Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt would be sensitive for the governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.


Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday giftZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60,000 on her birthday, state-owned media reported Monday, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash. The Herald newspaper said Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace gave Junior Gumbochuma the money at her birthday celebrations, while the couple's children gave her $10,000. Gumbochuma, who is Grace Mugabe's elder sister, celebrated her 60th birthday on Sunday as Grace celebrated her 52nd at one of the Mugabes' farms in Shamva, northeast of Harare.


Iran top judge demands U.S. release assets, jailed Iranians

Iran top judge demands U.S. release assets, jailed IraniansIran's top judge called on the United States on Monday to release Iranians held in U.S. jails and billions of dollars in Iranian assets, days after Washington urged Tehran to free three U.S. citizens. The statement by Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani capped a week of heightened rhetoric over the jailing and disappearance of Americans in Iran and new U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.


Sisters Give Birth to Babies on the Same Day: 'It Was Not Planned'

Sisters Give Birth to Babies on the Same Day: 'It Was Not Planned'They said the cousins will have a joint first birthday party.


Japan almost finished with probe into US Navy ship collision

Japan almost finished with probe into US Navy ship collisionTOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities said Monday that they were almost finished with their investigation into last month's collision between a Philippine freighter and a U.S. naval destroyer that left seven Navy sailors dead, but still haven't been given access to data from the U.S. side.


WRX STI Type RA NBR achieves incredible Nurburgring lap time

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Trump doubts Russia would have left evidence of hacking, but US spies say they left it on purpose

Trump doubts Russia would have left evidence of hacking, but US spies say they left it on purposePresident Donald Trump's new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, told CNN host Jake Tapper Sunday that Trump is not convinced that the Russians hacked into the Democratic National Committee last year because if they did, they wouldn't have gotten caught.


US technology firm to implant 50 employees with identification microchips

US technology firm to implant 50 employees with identification microchipsA US firm has begun implanting microchips the size of a grain of rice in its employees. Three Square Market, a technology firm in Wisconsin, said 50 of its employees had voluntarily signed up to have the Radio-Frequency Identification technology fitted form August. Implanted between the thumb and forefinger it will allow them to pay for snacks when they are on a break among other functions. In a statement Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said: "We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals," "It's the next thing that's inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it."   He added: "Eventually, this technology will become standardised allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities." The technology is the same sis is used to pay for items using mobile phone scans. Employees will not be required to have the implants and the company will pay for the microchips which cost $300 each.


Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killingsAn Indian court sentenced a businessman and his servant to death Monday for the murder of a woman at a mansion dubbed the "House of Horrors", where 18 other victims were found butchered. Moninder Singh Pandher and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty at the weekend of the rape and murder of 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar, whose skeleton was found along with other human remains near Pandher's house outside New Delhi in 2006. "The prosecution presented a watertight case against the accused and the judgement is appropriate," R K Gaur, a spokesman for India's federal Central Bureau of Investigation, told AFP.


Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

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The Top 10 Places To Celebrate Christmas In July Across The Country

The Top 10 Places To Celebrate Christmas In July Across The Country


Erdogan visits Gulf in bid to defuse Qatar row

Erdogan visits Gulf in bid to defuse Qatar rowTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on Sunday, the Gulf states' official news agencies reported, as part of a diplomatic tour aimed at healing an Arab rift with Ankara's ally Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties and imposed sanctions on Qatar last month, accusing it of supporting terrorism.


South Sudan sexual violence on 'massive scale,' report says

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Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’

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San Antonio: Nine people found dead in lorry outside Walmart were victims of 'horrific human trafficking crime'

San Antonio: Nine people found dead in lorry outside Walmart were victims of 'horrific human trafficking crime'Eight suspected illegal immigrants have been found dead inside a truck parked behind a Walmart store in Texas, authorities say. Many were suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion in the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Twenty people were airlifted to seven hospitals and their conditions were "critical to very critical", Mr Hood said.


Snooty, the world's oldest manatee, dies in shocking accident

Snooty, the world's oldest manatee, dies in shocking accidentThe world's oldest manatee was expected to live even longer before he died in a tragic accident. Museum staff were heartbroken when their pride and joy perished a day after celebrating his 69th birthday. The South Florida Museum chief executive Brynne Anne Besio explained the death of the beloved animal in a statement. He said Snooty’s death appeared to be “a heartbreaking accident” and added that staff were “devastated”. Museum provost and chief operating officer Jeff Rodgers said Snooty died after becoming stuck in a maintenance hatch leading off his tank. Credit: Tamara Lush/AP In a Facebook live broadcast, he said the animal shared his space with three young rescued manatees, Randall, Baca and Gale. “The hatch is big enough for a 1,300lb manatee to get in," he said. “It appears that he was not able to get himself back around to get himself out of the situation.” It is thought the animal drowned, but an necropsy is yet to be completed. He said the three other manatees were not injured. Credit: https://www.facebook.com/SouthFLMuseum  Mr Rogers said: "We’re all devastated about his passing. We’re reviewing what happened and will be conducting a full investigation. "Snooty was such a unique animal and he had so much personality that people couldn’t help but be drawn to him. As you can imagine, I – and our staff, volunteers and board members – considered him a star. We all deeply mourn his passing." Credit: https://www.facebook.com/SouthFLMuseum He said that staff had been greeting people at the door to the aquarium to tell them the heartbreaking news, and that staff had been helping adults break the news to their children. “Snooty’s very important to this community,” Rodgers said. “He’s been with us for 68 years – generations have grown up with that manatee. The emotional outpouring today… we grieve right along with these folks. We’ve given a lot of hugs on the front porch of the museum today. “A lot of people loved that manatee. We loved him too.”


Snooty, world's oldest known manatee, dies in aquarium accident

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US student freed after week held in China over taxi dispute

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Hezbollah says battle with Nusra Front almost won at Syria-Lebanon border

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Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

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Safety Tips For Watching The Solar Eclipse

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Kellyanne Conway explains what she meant by ‘alternative facts’

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Human trafficking suspected as nine people die in sweltering lorry at Texas car park

Human trafficking suspected as nine people die in sweltering lorry at Texas car parkAt least nine people have died after being crammed inside a sweltering lorry parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of "ruthless" human traffickers. The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were in hospital in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said. Authorities were called to the San Antonio car park late Saturday night or early Sunday and found eight dead inside the truck. A ninth victim died at the hospital. The victims "were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water" to air conditioning, Fire Chief Charles Hood said.  Based on initial interviews with survivors of the weekend tragedy, more than 100 people may have been packed into the back of the 18-wheeler at one point in its journey, ICE acting Director Thomas Homan said. In addition to the dead, there were 28 injured - 20 of them severely Thirty-nine were inside when rescuers arrived, and the rest were believed to have escaped or hitched rides to their next destination, officials said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius). The truck's driver was arrested and will face charges, said Richard Durbin, US attorney for the Western District of Texas, and prosecutors are working to identify others responsible. The bodies were discovered after officials were led to the trailer by a man who had approached a Walmart employee and asked for water. "All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo," Durbin said. "These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus degree heat," he said. A police officer works on the crime scene behind a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas Credit: Ray Whitehouse/Reuters San Antonio is about 150 miles (240 km) north of the border with Mexico. Temperatures in the area held above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8C) until 6 p.m. local time on Saturday and were expected to soar into the 100s again on Sunday, with humidity making the heat feel close to 110 degrees, forecasters said. Raids on suspected illegal immigrants have ramped up across the United States in recent months, after president Donald Trump's vow to crack down on those entering the country without authorisation or overstaying their visas. In Texas alone, federal immigration agents said they arrested 123 illegal immigrants with criminal records in an eight-day operation that ended last week. The San Antonio deaths come more than a decade after what is considered the worst immigrant smuggling case in US history, when 70 people were found stuffed into an 18-wheeler. Nineteen of them died in the incident in Victoria, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of San Antonio, in May 2003. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the latest fatalities as a "horrible tragedy" and said other suspects had fled the scene as police officers arrived. Police forensics officers work on the crime scene "Checking the video, there were a number of vehicles that came and picked up other people who were in that trailer," McManus said. Twenty people were airlifted to seven hospitals and their conditions were "critical to very critical," Hood said. Eight others are hospitalised in less serious condition, he said. At San Antonio's University Hospital, six adults were admitted early Sunday with heat-related injuries, all of them in critical condition, spokesman Donald Finley said. McManus said the people in the truck ranged from school-age juveniles to adults in their 20s and 30s. He said the Department of Homeland Security had joined the investigation, and that the origin of the truck is unclear. Experts have warned in recent months that tougher immigration policies could make it more difficult to stop human trafficking. Measures to harden international borders encourage would-be migrants to turn to smugglers and fear of deportation deters whistle-blowing, they said. The Border Patrol has regularly reported finding suspected immigrants inside trucks along the U.S. border with Mexico. Earlier this month, 72 Latin Americans were found in a trailer in Laredo, it said. In June, 44 people were found in the back of a lorry in the same Texas city, which lies directly across the Rio Grande from Mexico.  


Woman Shares Touching Photo of Walmart Employee Helping Blind Man Shop

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The Latest: USS Constitution returns to water after repairs

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Sergey Kislyak: Russian ambassador at centre of US election controversy ends eventful term

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HIV fight advances with new drug cocktails, fresh vaccine hopes

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Afghanistan's Shiites mark anniversary of deadly attack

Afghanistan's Shiites mark anniversary of deadly attackThe site west of Kabul is the last resting place for victims of a deadly suicide bombing on July 23 last year -- the first claimed by the Islamic State group in the heart of Kabul against Afghanistan's Shiite Muslim Hazara ethnic minority. The line from Turkmenistan to Kabul, capital of energy-starved Afghanistan, bypasses the province of Bamiyan, a Hazara stronghold. For Hazara leaders the route is a further sign of discrimination against their community and their province, one of the least developed in Afghanistan.


There might be a whole bunch of water hiding inside the moon

There might be a whole bunch of water hiding inside the moon

With how much attention humanity has devoted to studying Earth's moon over the centuries, you'd think we'd had a good handle on just about everything there is to know about our nearest neighbor. Some extremely interesting new research suggests that's simply not the case, and if the scientific team comprised of researchers from the University of Hawaii as well as Brown holds water, the moon might be a great deal more wet inside than previously thought.

Scientists have known for some time that there is at least some water on the moon. However, the complete lack of an atmosphere and the ravages of our sun was blamed for its almost complete depletion. But now, the idea that a greater amount of water might be hiding underneath the moon's surface is beginning to look quite plausible, and after detecting tiny bits of water encased in volcanic glass within the moon rocks brought back to Earth from the Apollo missions, this new research effort is looking deeper.

Combining the previous discoveries with extremely accurate temperature readings of the moon's surface, the team suggests that "water-rich deposits" are hiding just below the dusty landscape. The readings point to pockets of water trapped within long dormant volcanic areas, and while the team hasn't ventured a guess as to how the water originally got on the moon in the first place, they are fairly certain that it is indeed there.

With several planned missions aimed at further manned exploration of the lunar surface and even the potential of moon bases, the presence of water and the possibility of utilizing it will surely be explored before long.


Alaska town's purr-fect unofficial cat mayor dies

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Donald Trump accuses Republicans of 'doing very little' to protect him during 'phony Russian witch hunt'

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Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 yearsMicrosoft is finally killing off its legendary Paint program after more than three decades.  The software giant announced it will drop support for the popular drawing app in its upcoming Windows 10 update. It marked Paint as "deprecated" in a list of apps and features that may be removed from the software, meaning the app is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases". Microsoft Paint has been a staple of the Windows operating system for 32 years and has been installed with every version since 1985. The tool lets users easily copy and paste, crop and colour images, or simply doodle and create drawings.  As of last year, Paint was still used by 100 million people a month, according to Microsoft.  Oi @Microsoft! #paintpic.twitter.com/XSmeLn2V5n— Mark Reel (@markreel) July 24, 2017 Microsoft is stopping making Microsoft Paint, goodbye to all our childhood years— King Boo(b) (@NlNTENDHO) 24 July 2017 RIP Microsoft Paint. ��— Jamie Gilbey (@Poddddddd) 24 July 2017 The death of Paint comes as part of Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced in May. The update will bring tools that make it easier to switch between tablets, laptop and phones and augmented reality video and photo editing tools in StoryMix. The Fall Creators update is expected to be released in the Autumn, although Microsoft has not confirmed a release date. Microsoft Paint has come a long way. With Paint 3D, it's easy to create in the third dimension. See how: https://t.co/hNhuYCF2iK#Windows10pic.twitter.com/O6992ZtqoH— Windows (@Windows) July 19, 2017 Microsoft is sidelining Paint following the release of its next generation Paint 3D in April. Paint 3D contains tools for 3D image making and, although it is inspired by the original, is not a direct update.  While Paint is not useful for complicated photo editing or design, its simplicity made it popular with early users of Windows and it has remained a feature of the operating system. The best art made using Microsoft Paint The updated Paint 3D is designed for use with Microsoft's Surface Pen, which lets users draw more natural and detailed pictures than were ordinarily possible in classic Paint. Despite its simplicity, many users were still able to create detailed drawings and sketches using the simple tools in Paint. Windows through the ages


Serbia's president urges nation to resolve Kosovo relations

Serbia's president urges nation to resolve Kosovo relationsBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia must resolve its relations with its breakaway former province of Kosovo in order to move forward, Serbia's president wrote in an opinion piece Monday.


Polish president vetoes controversial court reforms

Polish president vetoes controversial court reformsPolish President Andrzej Duda on Monday vetoed controversial judicial reforms that had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions. The veto came as a surprise move from Duda, a close ally of the ruling rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party that had pushed the reforms. Duda said he had made his decision after extensive consultations with legal experts at the weekend, when thousands of people took to the streets across Poland urging him to veto proposals that have led critics to accuse the government of threatening the rule of law.


Five killed in Mexico City shootings

Five killed in Mexico City shootingsFive people were killed and nearly a dozen injured in separate shootings in Mexico City on Sunday, authorities said, adding to a growing death toll in the capital which has largely been spared the criminal violence plaguing the country. Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot four people in a bar in the gritty Llano Redondo neighborhood on the city's southwestern fringe early on Sunday morning, according to the local attorney general's office. Then on Sunday afternoon, a 45-year-old woman and a man of 55 were fatally shot at a street market in the sprawling borough of Iztapalapa on the eastern edge of Mexico City, the attorney general's office said in a statement.


Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other Family

Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other FamilyShe claims their negligence led to the boys' deaths in the suit.


Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King ArthurArchaeologists are back at the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Last summer, researchers discovered traces of early medieval life at Tintagel in Cornwall, on England's southwest coast, where the legendary British monarch was said to have been born. It was during this time that King Arthur is said to have fought the invading Saxons.


The Latest: Hamas leader praises 'heroic' knife attacker

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Venezuela’s symphony of protests

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California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go home

California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go homeCalifornia authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more local residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to contain the blaze fully. The Detwiler Fire is 40 percent contained, unchanged from Saturday, after burning 76,000 acres (30,700 hectares) and 130 structures, including 63 homes, since it broke out on Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. Evacuation orders were lifted as of 12 p.m. PST for much of the historic gold rush era town of Coulterville and nearby areas as firefighters completed firelines to contain the blaze, Cal Fire said in a statement.


What Happens If You Eat Too Much Tuna Fish?

What Happens If You Eat Too Much Tuna Fish?Tuna fish is healthy and tasty, but too much of it can be deadly.


Ohio set to resume executions, child killer awaits appeals

Ohio set to resume executions, child killer awaits appealsOhio is moving toward carrying out its first execution in more than three years.


Ryanair firms Alitalia interest, as EasyJet boosts jobs

Ryanair firms Alitalia interest, as EasyJet boosts jobsRyanair has made a "non-binding offer" for loss-making Italian rival Alitalia, the Irish no-frills carrier said Monday, as rival EasyJet said it plans to employ more than 1,200 new staff. "We have made a non-binding offer for Alitalia. As the largest airline in Italy, it's important we are involved in the process," Ryanair said in a statement after Italian media said Friday that about ten such bids had been made.


How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?

How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?Tensions over nuclear weapons have been raised further after North Korea claimed to have successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile.  This latest move comes amid increasing concern over North Korea's military capabilities, with the new US administration upping its rhetoric in response.  While the Pyongyang regime increases the frequency with which it is conducting missile tests, Donald Trump's defence secretary Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis has warned North Korea of an "effective and overwhelming" response if Pyongyang used nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, rhetoric hints at a return of the expansion of nuclear arsenals across the world. In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of defence chiefs that strengthening nuclear capability should be a key objective for 2017. Donald Trump then took to Twitter to respond, vowing to do the same. The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 Such rhetoric has led to concerns about the world's nuclear capacity and the unpredictability of those in charge of the warheads. It seems the world is a long way from "coming to its senses" - with millions of kilotons already in military service around the world. Between them, the world's nuclear-armed states have around 15,000 warheads - the majority of which belong to the US and Russia. It is estimated that just under 10,000 of these are in military service, with the rest awaiting dismantlement, according to the Arms Control Association.  Putin says Russia should strengthen its nuclear arsenal 00:51 Which countries have nuclear weapons? There are five nuclear-weapon states in the world: China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States. These are officially recognised as possessing such weapons by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty acknowledges and legitimises their arsenals, but they are not supposed to build or maintain them forever. Indeed, they have committed to eliminate them.  There are also four other countries that have nuclear weapons: Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea. These countries didn't sign the Treaty, and together possess an estimated 340 nuclear weapons.  But it's Russia and the US that have by far the most in the world - dominating all other countries by collectively sharing 88 per cent of the world's arsenal of stockpiled nukes. This figure increases to 93 per cent when we consider retired nukes.  How the world's 15,000 nukes are divided How deadly could these nuclear weapons be? The world's current collection of 14,900 nuclear weapons possesses enough power to kill millions of people and flatten dozens of cities.  According to Telegraph research, it is estimated that the US and Russian arsenals combined have power equating to 6,600 megatons. This is a tenth of the total solar energy received by Earth every minute. According to the NukeMap website, the dropping of the B-83, the largest bomb in the current US arsenal, would kill 1.4m people in the first 24 hours. A further 3.7m people would be injured, as the thermal radiation radius reached 13.km.  Likewise, the "Tsar Bomba" is the largest USSR bomb tested. If this bomb was dropped on New York, it is estimated that it could kill 7.6m people and injure 4.2m more. The nuclear fallout could reach an approximate area of 7,880km on a 15mph wind, impacting millions more people.  Both America and Russia's arsenals are regulated by several treaties that place limits on the numbers and kinds of warheads and delivery systems they have.   If either country were to expand their nuclear capacity even further, as Trump and Putin have hinted at, it could shatter these agreements and plunge the world into a new Cold War. North Korean missile ranges Our figures on nuclear weapons, based on statistics from the Arms Control Association, are mainly estimates because of the secretive nature with which most governments treat information about their arsenals. 


Teenagers who laughed and filmed a disabled man as he drowned may face criminal charges

Teenagers who laughed and filmed a disabled man as he drowned may face criminal chargesFive boys between 14 and 16 years old reportedly laughed loudly when 32-year-old Jamel Dunn screamed and was submerged in a retention pond in Cocoa, Florida. The teenagers taunted and shouted insults at Dunn during the one-minute video as he struggled in the water and shouted for help. Under Florida law, it is not a punishable offence for a witness not to help a person in need, and the youths were likely not to face charges.


The Commodification of Orthodox Judaism

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Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

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Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday giftZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60,000 on her birthday, state-owned media reported Monday, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash. The Herald newspaper said Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace gave Junior Gumbochuma the money at her birthday celebrations, while the couple's children gave her $10,000. Gumbochuma, who is Grace Mugabe's elder sister, celebrated her 60th birthday on Sunday as Grace celebrated her 52nd at one of the Mugabes' farms in Shamva, northeast of Harare.


Iran top judge demands U.S. release assets, jailed Iranians

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Sisters Give Birth to Babies on the Same Day: 'It Was Not Planned'

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Japan almost finished with probe into US Navy ship collision

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WRX STI Type RA NBR achieves incredible Nurburgring lap time

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Trump doubts Russia would have left evidence of hacking, but US spies say they left it on purpose

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US technology firm to implant 50 employees with identification microchips

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Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

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Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

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The Top 10 Places To Celebrate Christmas In July Across The Country

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Erdogan visits Gulf in bid to defuse Qatar row

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South Sudan sexual violence on 'massive scale,' report says

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