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Dozens arrested during neo-Nazi march in Sweden

Dozens of people were arrested on Saturday as neo-Nazis and anti-fascists clashed with police during a march by the extreme right-wing Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday, police said. The NMR gathered hundreds of people for the march. Membership in Nazi organizations is not illegal in Sweden …

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Scientists Underestimated How Bad Cow Farts Are

Animal farts and poop are major contributors to global warming. It turns out we might have been underestimating just how much. New research finds that previous estimates of methane emissions from livestock were off by as much as 10%. The new calculations take into account changes in the ways people are …

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Tillerson says Kurdish independence referendum is illegitimate

The United States on Friday declared illegitimate Monday’s Kurdish referendum on independence, as the Iraqi government imposed a ban on international flights to airports operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraqi troops prepared to seize the semiautonomous region’s border controls. “The United States does not recognize the . . . unilateral …

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Tom Price Flies Off Into the Sunset

Tom Price resigned as secretary of Health and Human Services Friday, amid a controversy over spending more than $1 million in taxpayer money on private and military jets.Price “offered his resignation earlier today and the president accepted,” the White House said in a terse statement sent late Friday afternoon. Don …

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Irbil braces for flight ban following independence vote

Hundreds of passengers waited to board flights out of the Kurdish region at Irbil International Airport on Thursday after Baghdad threatened to ban flights following an independence referendum held by Iraq’s Kurds earlier this week. Most international carriers who fly to and from airports in the Kurdish region announced they …

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10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. Many high quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain. Here are the top 10 evidence-based health benefits of turmeric. 1. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties Turmeric is the spice that gives …

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British film-maker killed by Isis militants in Syria

A British film-maker has been killed while working alongside Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria, his friends and Kurdish activists have said. Mehmet Aksoy, 32, from London, was not fighting but working as a press officer for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) when the military base in which he was …

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Thousands evacuated in Ukraine as ammunition depot explodes

Massive explosions and a blaze at a military ammunition depot in central Ukraine forced authorities to evacuate 24,000 people and close airspace over the region, officials said on Wednesday. The blasts occurred late on Tuesday at a military base near Kalynivka in the Vynnytsya region, 270 kilometers (168 miles) west …

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Indonesian official: More than 120,000 flee Bali volcano

More than 120,000 people have fled the region around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will soon erupt, an official said Thursday. Nyoman Parwata, an official at the disaster mitigation agency’s command post in Bali, said the number of evacuees has swelled to about …

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Trump slams Facebook as lawmakers await ads amid Russia probe

U.S. President Donald Trumpon Wednesday criticized Facebook Inc (FB.O) as “anti-Trump” and questioned its role during the 2016 presidential campaign, amid probes into alleged Russian interference in the election and possible collusion by Trump’s associates. His salvo came as the social media giant prepares to hand over 3,000 political ads to congressional investigators that it has said …

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Tokyo Governor Sees Boost as Abe Dissolves Japan Parliament

Japan’s opposition forces appeared set to consolidate around Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new political group narrowed a gap in opinion polls with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party weeks ahead of a general election. Abe dissolved parliament on Thursday for an election expected on Oct. 22. The Democratic Party, …

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Mattis target of failed Kabul airport rocket attack, Taliban says

Defense Secretary James Mattis was the target of a failed rocket attack near a key Afghanistan airport Wednesday, the Taliban said, though the attack occurred after he had left the airport. Hours after Mattis landed, the rockets were fired at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport from an unknown location and …

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Highlights: French President Macron’s speech on the EU

French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for reform of the European Union on Tuesday, detailing a desire for a major overhaul of the single currency bloc and ideas on deeper defence and immigration cooperation. Macron was setting out his ideas before German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins the task …

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