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Russia blasts new US sanctions as ‘theatre of the absurd’

Officials vow countermeasures and markets slump after tough measures unveiled over Salisbury attack Russian officials reacted with outrage and markets slumped on Thursday morning following tweeted Dmitry Polyanskiy, first deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN. No proofs, no clues, no logic, no presumption of innocence, just highly-likelies. Only one rule: blame everything on Russia, no matter how absurd and fake it is. Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America! One senior Russian MP called the US a police state. A member of the Dumas foreign affairs committee,…

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Gas Truck Explodes on Italian Highway; 2 Dead, Scores Hurt

Milan (AP) — A tanker truck carrying a highly flammable gas exploded Monday after rear-ending a stopped truck on a crowded highway near the northern Italian city of Bologna. At least two people were killed, up to 70 injured and part of the raised expressway collapsed in the fireball. Police said the accident and subsequent fire and explosion injured between 60 and 70 people, some with severe burns. It also shut down a highway north of the city that is a key route between northern Italy and the Adriatic Coast…

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Denmark imposes first fine on woman for breaching veil ban

(CNN)A woman in Denmark has become the first person to be fined since a controversial law banning face coverings came into force this week. Critics say the legislation, passed in May, oppresses some Muslim women and violates their rights. The ban has been ridiculed for its vague language — and for outlawing all facial coverings in public — despite its backers clearly stating its real target is the Islamic face veil. Under the new law, people found wearing facial coverings in public can be fined from 1,000 Danish kroner for…

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Trumps Trade War Is Killing American Blue Jeans

Victor Lytvinenko is thumbing through emails on his iPhone trying to find the one that best shows the damage the global trade war has already done to his little, decade-old American jeans company. The 37-year-old — dressed in a black t-shirt, rolled-up blue jeans and a pair of Stan Smiths — eventually looks up after finding the message. It’s from a customer in Scotland who’s apologizing for canceling an order worth tens of thousands of dollars. The reason? The shop owner balked at paying an additional 25 percent tariff the…

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Jeremy Hunt on Brexit: ‘We are heading for no deal by accident’

Probability of exit without deal increasing by the day, UK foreign secretary says The Brexit process is currently heading for no deal by accident, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said during talks in Austria, stepping up his warnings about a potential collapse in talks. This is not project fear, this is project reality, Hunt told a press conference in Vienna alongside his Austrian counterpart, Karin Kneissl. We have to make a decision on Britains future relationship with the EU by the end of this year and we have to…

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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington resigns after altar boy sex abuse allegation

Rome, Italy (CNN)Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who once led the Archdiocese of Washington and was a force in American politics, after a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a teenage altar boy forced the Vatican to remove him from public ministry. McCarrick, 88, was informed several months ago that the Archdiocese of New York, where he was ordained in 1958, was investigating an allegation of abuse from a teenager “from almost fifty years ago,” McCarrick said in June, when the Pope ordered him to…

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Trump, Juncker Tout Deal Pulling Back From U.S.-EU Trade War

President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to suspend new tariffs while negotiating over trade, pulling the U.S. and Europe back from the edge of a transatlantic trade war. The leaders pledged to expand European imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas and soybeans and both vowed to lower industrial tariffs, excluding autos. The U.S. and European Union will “hold off on other tariffs”’ while negotiations proceed, as well as re-examine U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs and retaliatory duties imposed by the EU “in due course,” Juncker said.…

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Trump shows he trusts an ex-KGB agent more than US intelligence

New line on Russia opens up an unprecedented chasm between London and Washington For those hoping the US president would refrain from making unwarranted concessions to Vladimir Putin, the omens were not good. Before his departure for Europe, Trump predicted the Putin conversation was likely to be easier than his discussions with his Nato allies exonerating Putin for much of his behaviour in the past decade. In so doing Trump went into the Helsinki conference chamber not quite naked, but at least pleading guilty on his countrys behalf. In the…

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Croatia’s real World Cup star? The president in the stands

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi saw all but one game at her own expense while sporting a national team shirt She wore the team shirt and cheered as Croatia faced France in a Golden Ball award winner, Luka Modri, as well as Ivan Perii and Mario Manduki. More than 80% of the stories were positive, Mediatoolkit said, for a woman who travelled to Russia at her own expense in economy class and often watched from the non-VIP stands missing only the semi-final against England because it clashed with the Nato summit. Boris Deulovi,…

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Sacha Baron Cohen enrages Sarah Palin with ‘evil’ humor

(CNN)Former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin lashed out at the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, claiming he tricked her into an interview for his upcoming TV show. “Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country,” wrote Palin. In what appears to be a plug for the upcoming show, Cohen’s Twitter feed features a short video with Dick Cheney signing what’s suggested to be a waterboard kit. Attempts to reach Cohen…

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Shoah director Claude Lanzmann dies aged 92

Giant of French intellectual life known for his heavyweight journalism and series of documentaries about the Holocaust Claude Lanzmann, the French film-maker and journalist who was best known for the exhaustive Holocaust documentary Shoah, has died aged 92. Lanzmanns family He embarked on a passionate relationship with de Beauvoir, 18 years his senior, and they lived together from 1952 to 1959. In 1986, Lanzmann became chief editor of Les Temps Modernes on de Beauvoirs death and remained in the post for the rest of his life. As a journalist, Lanzmann…

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Anti-Brexit protest: thousands march two years after referendum

Peoples Vote demonstration in London culminates with speeches in Parliament Square A roar of pro-European chants rose up above Pall Mall and across the royal parks as tens of thousands attended an anti-Brexit march marking the second anniversary of the EU referendum. Some marched on Saturday in the hope of stopping Brexit, some just wanted to alter the mood music to help change the direction of government travel, but young and old, Labour and Tory, they were all united in their pro-European passion. Police on foot, in riot vans in…

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Manafort Heads to Jail After Judge Faults Witness Tampering

Paul Manafort was sent to jail Friday by a federal judge who said she couldn’t turn a blind eye to claims that he attempted to tamper with witnesses, adding pressure on President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager to cooperate with a U.S. probe of Russian election meddling. U.S. authorities immediately took Manafort into custody and escorted him out of a packed courtroom, with his wife looking on. The dramatic turn means that Manafort will have to prepare for two federal trials in the coming weeks — one in Washington, and…

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Researchers Argue Proposed EPA Changes Could Cause 80,000 More Deaths a Decade

Two Harvard social scientists, writing an opinion column in a prominent medical journal, have put forward “an extremely conservative estimate” that some 80,000 more Americans could die each decade if proposed changes at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are implemented. The JAMA Forum” feature of the , which allows researchers to offer individual perspectives on health and policy. The EPA dismissed the essay as rhetoric, not research, in a statement provided to Bloomberg News. “This is not a scientific article, it’s a political article. The science is clear, under President Trump greenhouse gas emissions are down, water infrastructure…

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