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Duterte wins significant majority to extend martial law in Mindanao

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won a Congressional vote on Saturday to extend martial law in the southern island of Mindanao, strengthening his legislative hand in the year ahead.

With government troops battling Islamic State-linked militants in Marawi City, the House of Representatives voted 245 to 14 in favor of extending martial law ...Read more

Schumer predicts Trump firing Mueller would be GOP tipping point

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump would trigger "a cataclysm" if he fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller or pardons himself, even as one of the president's lawyers said pardons aren't being discussed.

Schumer said he can't imagine his Republican colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and ...Read more

Sex capsules with undeclared Viagra and Cialis ingredients are recalled

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Days after coffee too similar to Viagra was recalled, a supplement with the active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis has been taken off the shelves.

Ultra Shop Supplement markets Super Panther 7X as a sexual enhancement capsule, but the Food and Drug Administration found sildenafil and tadalafil in the capsules. The presence of those ingredients...Read more

France's Macron suffers approval setback after two months on job

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President Emmanuel Macron's approval rating fell sharply in the past month as French voters were either confused by plans for the tax system, shocked by a dispute with the head of the army or unsettled by upcoming labor laws reform, an Ifop pollster told Journal du Dimanche.

The rating for Macron, elected in early May, fell 10 percentage points...Read more

Fast-track training put officer Mohamed Noor on Minneapolis police force

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis made a significant financial investment in Mohamed Noor.

The officer who fatally shot Justine Damond graduated in 2015 from the city's accelerated police cadet program. The seven-month training is a quicker, nontraditional route to policing aimed at helping those who already have a college degree enter law enforcement...Read more

Claremont college suspends students for demonstration against pro-police speaker

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LOS ANGELES--Claremont McKenna College has suspended three students for a year and two others for a semester for blocking access to a campus event to protest a speaker known for defending police against Black Lives Matter activists.

The action, announced this week, arises out of an April 6 demonstration during which students and others ignored ...Read more

USC received more than a year of questions about former medical school dean's conduct before scandal broke

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LOS ANGELES -- Four days after the Los Angeles Times published a story about drug use by the then-dean of the University of Southern California's medical school, the university announced it was moving to fire Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito and said it was "outraged and disgusted" by his conduct.

USC Provost Michael Quick said the university decided to...Read more

AIDS deaths are on the decline thanks to medications; but increasing drug resistance poses a danger

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The world has made major progress in the fight against AIDS -- an epidemic that over the last four decades has killed 35 million people -- as increasing numbers of people gain access to life-saving treatment and the number of deaths each year fall dramatically.

But there have also been setbacks, most significantly growing resistance to the ...Read more

Death toll up in Jerusalem unrest

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JERUSALEM -- East Jerusalem continued to smolder Saturday after one of the worst days of Israeli-Palestinian unrest in years. Masked youths clashed with riot police on streets littered with stones hurled by rioters and shops were shuttered to protest violence that left three Palestinians dead the day before and at least one more on Saturday ...Read more

Mexico sees surge in drug violence

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MEXICO CITY -- Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has jumped to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades.

Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, according to government statistics released Friday. That's an increase of 40 percent over June of last year and 80 percent over June...Read more

Man arrested in connection with sexual assaults in Beverly Hills

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LOS ANGELES--A man accused of sexual assaults in the heart of the Beverly Hills shopping district was arrested Friday night, authorities said.

Joshua Daniel Stevens, a 26-year-old from the Culver City area, is accused of three assaults, according to a watch commander at the Beverly Hills Police Department.

The incidents occurred between 6 and ...Read more

Wall Street Journal writer Joseph Rago found dead in his apartment

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Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal, was found dead in his New York City apartment Thursday night.

A New York Police Department spokeswoman told the New York Times that foul play is not suspected in the 34-year-old's death. "The cause and manner of death are pending further studies following today'...Read more

Scaramucci purges Twitter messages to avoid being 'distraction'

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WASHINGTON -- Anthony Scaramucci has purged his Twitter account of previous criticisms of President Donald Trump, saying he didn't want to be a "distraction" for the White House in his new role as communications director.

Among the missives that disappeared into the digital ether on Saturday were a post referring to Trump's campaign as a "...Read more

Teen girl suspected of fleeing Germany to join Islamic State identified in Iraq

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LEIPZIG, Germany -- A 16-year-old girl from Germany has been identified in Iraq one week after the capture of 20 female Islamic State fighters in the liberated city of Mosul, officials in her home state of Saxony confirmed.

Prosecutors in Dresden, the capital of the eastern state, said the girl is receiving assistance at the German embassy in ...Read more

Brother of Palestinian who killed three Israelis arrested

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TEL AVIV -- A brother of the Palestinian man who stabbed to death three Israelis has been arrested after a raid on his home, according to Israeli and Palestinian media reports on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Palestinian forced his way into a home in the West Bank settlement of Neve Tsuf, northwest of Ramallah, and stabbed four members of a family ...Read more

Smoke from Mariposa fire obscures vistas in Yosemite National Park

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YOSEMITE VALLEY, Calif. -- Smoke was taking a visible toll Saturday on Yosemite National Park, where some of the most picturesque vistas on earth were hidden behind eerie curtains of thick haze drifting in from the devastating Detwiler fire, about 35 miles to the west.

From the famous Tunnel View overlook on Highway 41, granite monoliths ...Read more

Qatar emir breaks silence on Gulf feud, is open to dialogue

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BEIRUT -- Qatar's ruler said his country is open to dialogue -- if sovereignty is respected -- to resolve the Gulf dispute, in his first remarks since a Saudi-led bloc cut diplomatic ties and transport links last month.

In a televised speech, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said Friday that Qatar isn't afraid of identifying and correcting ...Read more

Israel signals willingness to compromise on shrine detectors

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JERUSALEM -- Israel signaled a willingness to remove metal detectors at a contested Jerusalem shrine that have touched off deadly confrontations between Israel and the Palestinians and created tensions with the Muslim world.

"We are willing to consider alternatives to metal detectors as long as the solution or alternative guarantees that the ...Read more

Errant US airstrike kills 16 Afghan police officers in Helmand province, officials say

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. airstrike mistakenly hit an Afghan police unit in the southern province of Helmand, killing 16 police officers and wounding two others, the provincial governor's office said Saturday.

The Pentagon confirmed that coalition forces had launched the errant strike on Friday near the town of Gereshk, where U.S. and Afghan...Read more

'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery cited for trying to carry loaded gun through airport checkpoint

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Season 10 "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery was cited last week for trying to carry a loaded gun through a passenger checkpoint at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, authorities reported.

McCreery, 23, told police that he had gone to a firing range before arriving at the airport and forgot to remove the weapon -- a ...Read more


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