Daily Archives: September 19, 2017

Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence, panicking neighbors and Washington


September 19, 2017

KIRKUK, Iraq — Iraqi Kurds are set to vote next week on independence from Iraq in what many say is a popular expression of their desire for self-determination after suffering for a century under war and dictatorship. But their staunchest ally, the United States, opposes the move, as do Iraqi rivals and regional powers. They say it could spark new …

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Ohio firefighter: ‘One dog is more important than a million’ African Americans


September 19, 2017

Until last week, Tyler Roysdon suited up as a volunteer firefighter in Franklin Township, a small town in southwestern Ohio, about 40 miles north of Cincinnati. But, according to station WHIO, a recent Facebook back-and-forth caught the 20-year-old writing that in a burning building he would choose to save a dog before an African American because “one dog is more …

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Donald Trump Jr. wants to give up Secret Service protection


September 19, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. has asked to be removed from Secret Service protection, telling friends he wants more privacy, according to two people briefed on the decision. It’s a rare move for a member of the president’s family to forgo a security detail, in part because adult children are counseled by the Secret Service that they are quickly seen as targets …

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Trump says he wants a massive military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue on July 4


September 19, 2017

President Trump’s trip to France for the country’s Bastille Day parade in July left a big impression. So big, in fact, that he wants to replicate the experience back home. As Trump met Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, the commander in chief gushed about seeing France’s military might on display in the streets of Paris during his visit. And …

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Saudi Arabia wasn’t always this repressive. Now it’s unbearable.


September 19, 2017

When I speak of the fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds, and then I tell you that I’m from Saudi Arabia, are you surprised? With young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power, he promised an embrace of social and economic reform. He spoke of making our country …

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New climate change calculations could buy the Earth some time — if they’re right


September 19, 2017

A group of prominent scientists on Monday created a potential whiplash moment for climate policy, suggesting that humanity could have considerably more time than previously thought to avoid a “dangerous” level of global warming. The upward revision to the planet’s influential “carbon budget” was published by a number of researchers who have been deeply involved in studying the concept, making …

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U.S. jets drop live bombs in a new show of force aimed at North Korea


September 19, 2017

The Pentagon deployed a formation of 14 bombers and fighters over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday that also included South Korean and Japanese aircraft, the latest show of force in response to North Korea’s missile launches and nuclear tests. The warplanes were dispatched after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan on Thursday, triggering a widespread emergency alert …

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Category 5 Hurricane Maria is a disaster scenario for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands; Jose to brush by New England


September 19, 2017

After decimating the island of Dominica, Category 5 Hurricane Maria is plowing toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico — the next target of its assault. Tuesday night and Wednesday, the storm will inflict a “potentially catastrophic” combination of destructive winds up to 160 mph, coastal inundation from surging ocean waters, and tremendous rainfall. “This is going to impact …

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With new operating system, Apple revamps its money-making App Store


September 19, 2017

(REUTERS) – Apple Inc’s newest operating system for iPhones and iPads introduces changes to its marketplace for third-party software to satisfy app developers and add new so-called augmented reality apps. The system, called iOS 11, is being released on Tuesday ahead of its two newest phone handsets, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, set to start shipping to customers on …

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