• Indonesian leader polishes strongman image by calling for drug killings
  • ‘Easier to move a mountain’: China vows new military drills amid India spat
  • Trunks not made for swimming: elephants rescued from Sri Lankan sea
  • Robot finds likely melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Fukushima reactor
  • Man, 20, dies after east London police pursuit – BBC News

Indonesian leader polishes strongman image by calling for drug killings

(CNN)Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called on police to kill drug dealers who resist arrest in what critics say is an attempt to burnish his credentials as a strongman leader among wavering voters. If enacted, the new policy would closely follow that of Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, who’s brutal war on drugs has left up to 8,000 people dead in just over a year. In 2015, the head of Indonesia’s…

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‘Easier to move a mountain’: China vows new military drills amid India spat

(CNN)China has promised to carry out more military drills near a disputed border region amid an escalating war of words with India. India and China have been in a weeks-long standoff over a thin strip of land bordering both countries and Bhutan, in the Himalayas. Though not a part of Indian territory, the area is close to the “chicken’s neck,” a strategic corridor that serves as a vital artery between…

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Trunks not made for swimming: elephants rescued from Sri Lankan sea

(CNN)Elephants still can’t fly, but maybe they can swim — at least for a little bit. Three navy vessels participated in the rescue mission along the coast of the province of Trincomale, eventually coordinating with a team of Navy Divers to help guide the elephants back to shore. Neither of the animals were harmed in the rescue mission, according to an official statement from the Sri Lanka navy. The jumbos…

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Robot finds likely melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Fukushima reactor

TOKYO –  Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 3 feet on the bottom inside of a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of…

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Female stars call on BBC ‘to sort gender pay gap now’ – BBC News

How much do BBC stars earn? What else did we learn? What will the industry make of star pay? Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between 450,000 and 500,000 last year, while the One Show’s Alex Jones was second, earning between 400,000 and 450,000. Discrimination Signatories to the letter also include BBC Sport’s Sue Barker, Today programme journalists Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague, presenter Fiona Bruce and the…

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‘Simpsons’ Creator Matt Groening Leads Comic-Con Crowd In Anti-Trump Cheer

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening made no secret of his feelings about Donald Trump at a Comic-Con panel on Saturday. He led the crowd of hundreds of fans in a rousing chant:Lock Him Up! not racist, but No. 1 with racists. Then Bill OReilly called us pinheads and look what happened, Groening said. That may be what inspired Groening to lead the crowd in a loud enthusiastic lock him up…

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Budget boss Mulvaney claims Obama had ‘secret list’ of proposed regulations

At a news briefing this week, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney continued to push the Trump administrations goal of cutting back on Obama-era regulations. On Thursday, Mulvaney unveiled a secret list of proposed federal rules that he said the Obama administration had been hoping to implement. They had a bunch of things that they wanted to regulate. And what were hearing is that they just didnt want to tell…

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Southern strike union RMT in ‘full and frank’ government talks – BBC News

Mr Grayling, who had a meeting with the train drivers’ union Aslef on Thursday, added that he hoped the discussion would pave the way for the reopening of talks between the RMT and Southern “so we can sort out this situation and get services back to normal”. Further talks Strikes next month by both unions were suspended after they were contacted by Mr Grayling inviting them to talks. The RMT…

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Trump ‘Loved’ His New Communications Director’s Feud With CNN

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, recalled his own personal incident with CNN on Friday when the networks White House correspondent asked about the relationship he wants with the media. I thought I handled it well, he said of a now-retracted CNN story about him. You guys said something about me that was totally unfair and untrue. You retracted it and issued me an apology. And I accepted…

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Trump Jr. And Manafort Reach Agreement With Senate Panel To Put Off Public Hearing

Trump Jr. and Manafort have both agreed to hand over any relevant documents about Russian contacts to the committee and to be interviewed in private prior to any public session, CNNreported Friday. Both Donald Trump, Jr. and Paul Manafort, through their attorneys, have agreed to negotiate and provide the committee with documents and be interviewed by committee members and staff prior to a public hearing, their joint statement read. Glenn…

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Family Releases Graphic Photos Of An Illinois Inmate’s Body In A Plea For Answers

The extremely graphic photos, which appear on the familys GoFundMe page and a family friends viral social media post, show the swollen face and body of Chicago resident Michael Jefferson, who was being held at the Menard Correctional Centeron a parole violation, according to NBC Chicago. Whatever went on in there, he did not deserve to die that way. He was a human being, Charles told the news station. He…

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Next ‘Arrested Development’ Season Will Lean Into All Those Trump Comparisons

It didnt take long for the internet to point out the connections between this eldest sons bungling attempts to please his powerful daddy and a certain famously incompetent firstborn Gob Bluth. Hes aware ofallof that stuff, Jason Bateman, who plays Michael Bluth, said in an interview with The Daily Beast. And he and his writing staff have been in a cave for the last two or three months crafting these…

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Why is everyone talking about Russian adoptions?

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an encounter not initially disclosed on the sidelines of an international summit this month. One of the topics, according to Trump? Russian adoptions. So why are adoptions of Russian children by US parents, which are currently banned, such a hot topic of conversation for Russian officials and representatives?

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Officials: Anthony Scaramucci considered for White House communications director

(CNN)Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge fund manager-turned-campaign fundraiser and trusted adviser to President Donald Trump, is being considered to take on the role of White House communications director, two senior administration officials said Thursday night. Scaramucci came under consideration for the job after he was tapped last month to become the vice president and chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank. The communications director position would be a first for Scaramucci,…

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Marawi siege could herald new era of extremism in Asia, report says

(CNN)The ongoing siege of the southern Philippines city of Marawi could be just the beginning of a wider Asian problem of Islamist extremism, according to a new report by a regional think tank. For two months the Philippines military has been trying to push ISIS fighters out of Marawi after militants launched an offensive on May 23 to establish a caliphate in the Philippines. US forces helping Philippines battle ISIS-linked…

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Laughing at ISIS to defeat them

Mumbai, India (CNN)Deep in the outskirts of Mumbai, India, tucked away in a small conference room among dozens of buildings known as Bollywood’s “Film City,” the US government is implementing a unique, and until now, unknown counterterrorism program aimed at diminishing the online influence of terror groups like ISIS – by making fun of them. Standing next to a white board that reads “Fighting Terror With Comedy,” Mathur is joined…

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Runaway Teen Identified As Victim Of 1970s Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy

Illinois police confirmed Wednesday that James Byron Haakenson, 16, who ran away from his Minnesota home in 1976, was killed by Gacy that same year, CBS Chicago reported. He was executed in 1994. Cook County Sheriffs Office A Cook County Sheriffs detective traveled to Minnesota with the news for Haakensons family this week. Sisterman said her brother had begun to dabble in the gay lifestyle and felt unwelcome at home…

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‘Star Wars’ Monopoly That Doesn’t Exclude Rey Is Finally Easy To Buy

Arguably the most important person in the whole damn movie, the omission of Daisy Ridleys character stirred up accusations of sexism against toymaker Hasbro, which stood accused of perpetuating a long history of overlooking female action characters in merchandise. In its defense, the company said it originally didnt want to spoil a plot point, because while we knew Rey existed in the film, we didnt knowhow central she was to…

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