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Italy seizes 'combat-ready' missile and automatic weapon stash in raids on far-Right figures

Italy seizes 'combat-ready' missile and automatic weapon stash in raids on far-Right figuresItalian police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathisers, they said on Monday. Elite police forces searched properties across northern Italy following an investigation into Italians who had fought alongside Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, a police statement said. Three men were arrested, including a customs officer who has previously stood for parliament for an extreme right party. During their raids, police discovered a French-made Matra air-to-air missile that appeared to have once belonged to the Qatar armed forces. Subsequent checks showed the weapon was in working condition but lacked an explosive charge. A big cache of guns and ammunition was seized by the Turin special police force Credit: FRANCESCO AMMENDOLA,HO/AFP/Getty Images Police said the suspects had tried to sell the missile in conversations with contacts on the WhatsApp messaging network. Among other weapons uncovered were 26 guns, 20 bayonets, 306 gun parts, including silencers and rifle scopes, and more than 800 bullets of various calibres. The arms were primarily from Austria, Germany and the United States. Police also seized Nazi memorabilia from the properties. "The police investigation ... came into being because of the activities of some Italian fighters with extremist backgrounds who had taken part in the armed conflict in the Ukrainian region of Donbass," the police statement said. More than 10,000 people have been killed since 2014 in fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine.



'The answer is no': Boris Johnson warns Trump he won't support war with Iran

'The answer is no': Boris Johnson warns Trump he won't support war with Iran"If you were to ask me whether I think should we now... be supporting military action against Iran, then the answer is no."



Man 'shot polar bear and left its body outside his home for five months'

Man 'shot polar bear and left its body outside his home for five months'A man has been charged with killing a polar bear and leaving the body to rot outside his home in Alaska for five months.Christopher Gordon, 35, allegedly shot the animal dead when it ventured into his front yard to try and eat some butchered whale meat.He then failed to report the polar bear carcass or attempt to “harvest” it for food between December 2018 and May this year.Gordon also allowed the bear to be covered with snow, which resulted in one of its legs being ripped off by a passing snowplough.Finally, on 22 May, he burned the carcass at the village dump in Kaktovik.He is now facing up to one year in prison and a $100,000 (£80,000) fine if convicted of the federal crime of “knowingly taking a polar bear in a manner unlawful under the Marine Mammal Protection Act”.Prosecutors say that the killing of the bear was not done in legal self defence and that he “left the harvestable remains to waste”.“Gordon allegedly left butchered whale meat outside in front of his yard of his residence for a substantial period of time, which attracted polar bear, as well as other animals to his front yard,” said federal prosecutor Ryan Tansey.“He then allegedly shot and killed the polar bear because it was trying to eat the improperly stored whale meat.”Gordon has also been charged with the state offence of wasteful taking of a marine animal.The investigation was carried out by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.Gordon declined to comment about the case and is scheduled to appear in court in Fairbanks in August.Kaktovik, with a population of just over 250, has experienced increasing encroachment by polar bears in recent years due to the disappearing Arctic sea ice.As a result it has become a popular tourist destination, with more than 2,000 people visiting the village during 2017.“These bears are getting used to people,” said council member Mike Gallagher. ”They’re domesticated.”Additional reporting by Associated Press



$800,000 spent in one day on Malaysia ex-PM's cards, court hears

$800,000 spent in one day on Malaysia ex-PM's cards, court hearsCredit cards belonging to Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak were used to spend over $800,000 in one day at a luxury jeweller in Italy, a court has heard. The 2014 spending spree is the latest evidence of what critics say is the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by Najib after he and his cronies allegedly plundered state coffers. The claims played a major part in Najib's government losing power at elections last year.



The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.

The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.(Washington, D.C.) Slicing through the sky with bat-like wings, eluding enemy radar with stealth technology, quietly destroying enemy air defenses from 50,000 ft and using computers to merge sensor data with targeting information -- the Air Force’s B-2 bomber … has been in the air attacking targets for “30-Years.”“You pull up the weapons suite screen, align the right weapon with the target and provide input into the DEP - Digital Entry Panel. Then, you enter text into the computer,” Lt. Col. Nicola Polidar, Commander of Detachment 5 of the 29th Training Systems Squadron, told Warrior in an interview.As this happens….the air attack begins.The B-2 took its first flight July 17, 1989 -- so now is the “30-Year Anniversary.” B-2 pilots have operated the sleek, curved air-defense-defying platform for sensitive, highly-dangerous missions many times in recent decades. After blasting onto the scene in the early 90s, the B-2s combat debut came in the late 90s when the aircraft destroyed Serbian targets over Kosovo. Three decades ago, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman thought to massively advance the paradigm for stealth attack, and create a first-of-its kind leap ahead bomber. It was conceived of as a Cold War weapon, engineered to knock out Soviet advanced air defenses. The intent was to build upon and surpass the F-117 Night Hawk’s stealth technology used in the Gulf War.The B-2s stealth configuration, buried engine, low heat signature and “radar absorbent” coating, is meant to not only avoid being hit by enemy weapons, but complete missions without enemies ever knowing it is there. Its core mission: launch secret, quiet, undetected attacks over heavily defended enemy territory to create a safer “air corridor” for less stealthy planes to operate within extremely lethal,otherwise uninhabitable airspace.



Susan Rice Calls Chinese Diplomat a ‘Racist Disgrace’ on Twitter

Susan Rice Calls Chinese Diplomat a ‘Racist Disgrace’ on Twitter(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.Former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice sparred with a senior Chinese diplomat on Twitter in an unusual and heated dispute over race in Washington.In a series of Tweets apparently aimed at making a broader point about diplomatic divisions over the mass detention of Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province, Lijian Zhao, a diplomat posted in Islamabad, said on Sunday that if “you’re in Washington, D.C., you know the white never go” to the southeastern part of the U.S. capital.“You are a racist disgrace. And shockingly ignorant too,” Rice told Zhao on Twitter. Likely assuming that Zhao was posted in China’s mission in Washington, she then addressed her next comment to China’s ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai. “Ambassador Cui, I expect better of you and your team. Please do the right thing and send him home.”Zhao, who is deputy chief of mission at the Chinese embassy in Pakistan’s capital, is often vocal on Twitter against critics of China’s infrastructure-building projects in Pakistan and other parts of Asia. Beijing has invested tens of billions of dollars in Pakistan, whose leader Imran Khan has previously dodged questions about the issue.‘Shockingly Ignorant’“You are such a disgrace, too. And shockingly ignorant, too. I am based in Islamabad. Truth hurts. I am simply telling the truth,” Zhao fired back at Rice on Monday. “To label someone who speak the truth that you don’t want to hear a racist, is disgraceful & disgusting.”Read More: How China Is Defending Its Detention of Muslims to the WorldZhao didn’t immediately respond to phone calls, an email and a direct message on Twitter seeking comment.In a string of messages that appeared aimed at highlighting U.S. hypocrisy on human rights, Zhao referred to everything from income inequality and school shootings in the U.S. to immigration officers separating children from parents.He tweeted a list of mostly-Western nations that condemned China for its actions in Xinjiang as well as a separate list of other countries -- including Pakistan, Cuba, Tajikistan and Nigeria -- that wrote a joint letter to the United Nations supporting Beijing, which Zhao called “a big slap on the face of U.S. & its western cohorts.”Outspoken DiplomatsChina’s diplomats have become increasingly vocal and outspoken. This month, China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, gave a rare televised statement accusing the British government of meddling in Hong Kong, the scene of mass protests against Beijing’s rule.Earlier this year, China’s envoy to Canada publicly accused his hosts of “white supremacy,” while the country’s chief envoy in South Africa said President Donald Trump’s policies were making the U.S. “the enemy of the whole world.”Asked about the Twitter dispute on Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang didn’t comment directly.“I don’t know the specific situation,” he said. However, he added, “we resolutely oppose the interference of the U.S. and individual Western countries in interfering in China’s internal affairs with the Xinjiang issue.”To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Marlow in New Delhi at imarlow1@bloomberg.net;Dandan Li in Beijing at dli395@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Chris Kay, Gregory TurkFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



Mom wants health industry to focus on protein-packed diet after daughter’s unexpected death

Mom wants health industry to focus on protein-packed diet after daughter’s unexpected deathA heartbroken Australian mother is speaking out about the potential dangers of protein shakes and supplements after she says her 25-year-old daughter’s diet triggered an undiagnosed condition which ultimately contributed to her death two years ago.



Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push back

Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push backThe simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran's morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The hijab debate has further polarized Iranians at a time when the country is buckling under unprecedented U.S. sanctions imposed since the Trump administration pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers last year.



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Italy court acquits former Monte dei Paschi finance chief in fraud case

Italy court acquits former Monte dei Paschi finance chief in fraud caseAn Italian court on Tuesday acquitted Monte dei Paschi di Siena's former finance chief Gianluca Baldassari and 11 others of charges related to an alleged fraud scheme at the bank. Baldassarri, who worked at Monte dei Paschi from 2001 to 2012, was accused by prosecutors of running what became known as "the five percent gang", a group of people who prosecutors in the Tuscan city of Siena said demanded fixed fees for themselves for every financial transactions they managed to push through. The alleged fraud scheme was part of a wider scandal that rocked the world's oldest bank in 2013 and eventually led to it being rescued by the Italian state in 2017.



Former congressman Sanford considering challenge to Trump: newspaper

Former congressman Sanford considering challenge to Trump: newspaperMark Sanford, a Republican former U.S. congressman from South Carolina, said on Tuesday he is considering mounting a primary challenge to President Donald Trump. Sanford, 59, a longtime Trump critic who lost his seat in the House of Representatives last year after he was challenged by a Trump supporter in the Republican primary, will decide in the next month whether to make a long-shot bid against Trump for the 2020 presidential nomination, he told the Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina. Sanford, who is also a former South Carolina governor, could not be reached immediately by Reuters for comment.



The Latest: Officer in chokehold case could still be fired

The Latest: Officer in chokehold case could still be firedA spokeswoman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the police commissioner is expected to decide by Aug. 31 whether the officer involved in Eric Garner's death will be fired. Prosecutors announced Tuesday that the federal government won't bring civil rights charges in Garner's 2014 death. The New York Police Department says the decision won't affect its internal disciplinary process.



Emmys 2019: See the full list of nominees

Emmys 2019: See the full list of nomineesEmmys 2019: See the full list of nominees originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comThe 2019 Emmy nominations are underway and some of the biggest and brightest in Hollywood are hearing their names called as we speak!"Masked Singer" judge and "Dr. Ken" star Ken Jeong, and D'Arcy Carden of "The Good Place" are announcing the rest of the nominees live from the Television Academy's Saban Media Center.The first category was lead actor in a limited series, which included Oscar-winners Mahershala Ali and Sam Rockwell. ...



Chicago alligator safely reeled in from shore 1 week after it was 1st spotted hiding in lagoon

Chicago alligator safely reeled in from shore 1 week after it was 1st spotted hiding in lagoonAn elusive alligator was captured in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago early Tuesday morning, one week after the reptile was first spotted there. Robb presented Chance to captivated reporters at the Humboldt Park Boathouse Tuesday morning, ending the unusual, week-long hunt.



20 years after his death, what might have been -- John F. Kennedy Jr. as president: OPINION

20 years after his death, what might have been -- John F. Kennedy Jr. as president: OPINIONRoseMarie Terenzio was John F. Kennedy Jr.'s good friend, close confidante and his chief of staff at "George" magazine. Two decades after Kennedy died in a plane crash with his wife and sister-in-law, Terenzio imagines what might have been for the son of former president John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy Jr. became a public figure the day he came into the world.



Bills targeting China's Huawei introduced in U.S. Congress

Bills targeting China's Huawei introduced in U.S. CongressMembers of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives introduced bills on Tuesday to keep tight restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, amid concern about President Donald Trump's easing of restrictions on the Chinese firm. The legislation would among other things bar the removal of the massive telecommunications equipment firm from a Commerce Department trade blacklist without House and Senate approval, and let Congress disallow waivers granted to U.S. companies doing business with the company. The United States has accused Huawei of stealing American intellectual property and violating Iran sanctions.



JFK Jr.'s short life and daring choices: 'Someone who lives in a cage, finding a way to escape'

JFK Jr.'s short life and daring choices: 'Someone who lives in a cage, finding a way to escape'On July 16, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette had taken flight from New Jersey in Kennedy's small Piper Saratoga plane en route to Massachusetts for his cousin Rory's wedding -- and seemed to have disappeared into thin air. On July 21, the worst fears of Americans and Kennedy fans around the globe were realized. “It was earth-shattering,” Kennedy's personal assistant and ABC News consultant RoseMarie Terenzio said.



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The attorney general made the call not to bring charges against NYPD officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner in 2014
Attorney General William Barr made the decision not to bring federal civil rights charges against the New York Police Department officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner, siding with a Justice Department team from New York o
No federal charges for NYPD officer in Eric Garner's death, sources say
The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York Police Department officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner, the New York man whose last words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry in the Black Li
Garner's daughter's emotional response to Justice Department decision
Eric Garner's daughter, Emerald Garner, reacts to news that the Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York Police Department officer accused of fatally choking her dad in 2014.
Attorney and police union question doctor's view a chokehold killed Eric Garner. She isn't backing down
A defense lawyer and a New York City police union have cast doubt on her findings that an officer's chokehold led to Eric Garner's death, but the medical examiner stood by her conclusion during Wednesday testimony.
When African Americans are killed by police, these lawyers get a call
Civil rights attorney L. Chris Stewart was sitting in church in Atlanta on an April Sunday in 2015 when he received a Facebook message with a news article and a plea from a friend. A police officer had killed her cousin, Walter Sc
Garner's mother in 2014: If Garner was white, he'd be alive
Their sons -- Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner -- have become symbols of a raging national conversation about police brutality and racial injustice.
House Minority Leader deflects on racist tweets: We are the party of Lincoln
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) defends President Trump's racist attacks on lawmakers, saying Democratic lawmakers are making it about politics.
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NYPD Officer Will Not Face Federal Criminal Charges In Eric Garner's Death
Officer Daniel Pantaleo could still face disciplinary action by the New York Police Department. In 2014, Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry in national protests.
Justice Dept Will Not Bring Federal Charges Against Officer In Eric Garner Death
The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Garner was an unarmed black man whose death was caught on cell phone videos.
Police In Puerto Rico Fire Tear Gas At Thousands Of Protesters
It was the third day of demonstrations against the governor, who's seen his political fortunes plummet after the publication of private text messages that used misogynistic and homophobic language.
Colorado Senior Citizens Apartment Complex Urges 'Library Level Voices'
A management memo says residents should avoid "loud laughter." Channel 9 News noted a practical problem: The residents are seniors — some are hard of hearing.
Missouri Woman Refuses To Be A Victim After Her Car Is Stolen
Danielle Reno called police after her car was stolen. She also tracked the thief by watching where her credit cards were being used. She found the thief, stole her car back and called police again.
What Did Wimbledon Teach Us About Genius?
Federer, Djokovic — and the debate between specialists and generalists.
Bostonians React To Trump's Tweets Aimed At Congresswomen Of Color
President Trump's racist tweets were aimed at four congresswomen of color including Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. How did voters in her district react to the president's tweets?
As Federal Regulations Lag, States Take Action Against PFAS Chemicals
Frustrated with federal inaction, states such as New Hampshire, are taking their own measures against a class of pollutants known as "forever chemicals"
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Member of Malian al Qaeda affiliate put on U.S. terrorism list: U.S. Treasury
The United States added a senior member of al Qaeda's affiliate in Mali to its global terrorism list on Tuesday, accusing him of engaging in destabilizing attacks across the West African country, the U.S. Treasury said.
U.S. won't charge New York police officers in 2014 'I can't breathe' death
None of the New York police officers whose attempted arrest of Eric Garner in 2014 led to the man's death and fueled the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement will face federal criminal charges, the top federal prosecutor in Bro
Trump administration erects another barrier to immigrants seeking U.S. asylum
The Trump administration on Monday unveiled a new rule to bar almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the southern border, requiring them to first pursue safe haven in a third country through which they had traveled on t
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Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body
The US president hits back after his controversial attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen.
Uproar at Trump's tweets, but Republicans mostly stay quiet
After President Trump tells four women of colour to "go home", his own party is muted in its criticism.
13 Reasons Why: Netflix removes suicide scene from season one
The version now available on the streaming site no longer depicts a young girl taking her life.
Trump racism row: BBC audiences on being told to 'go home'
The president's suggestion that four politicians leave the country has prompted an outpouring of stories.
Rafters accidentally plunge over waterfall in Pennsylvania
The six people had missed warning signs posted before their plunge at a state park in Pennsylvania.
Pernell Whitaker: Former world champion boxer nicknamed 'Sweet Pea' dies in accident
Former world champion boxer Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker dies after being hit by a vehicle in the US, police say.
Calls for Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló to quit over text scandal
Protests broke out after 800 pages of profane texts in a group chat between officials were published.
US migrant crisis: Trump seeks to curb Central America asylum claims
The White House is seeking to limit Central American migrants' ability to claim asylum in the US.
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Trump Insists His Tweets ‘Were NOT Racist’ as House Readies Vote on Condemning His Remarks
The comments followed backlash to his suggestion that four Democratic Congresswomen 'go back' to their countries
The Military Has a Warning for Anyone Interested In Raiding Area 51 In An Attempt To Free Aliens
The U.S. Air Force has responded to the 1.3 million people who have signed on to raid Area 51 in search of aliens.
Everyone and Their Mother Are Participating in the Endlessly Catchy Stranger Things Neverending Story Challenge
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and original Neverending Story cast are having fun
Greek Police Have Arrested a Suspect in the Killing of an American Researcher on Crete
Police say the 27-year-old suspect confessed to seeing Eaton walk towards a local memorial and "motivated by sexual satisfaction, he hit her twice with his car to stop her."
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