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  • INTERVIEW-In a first for Africa, Kenya census to count intersex people

    Kenya will become the first African country to recognise its intersex population in a census on Saturday that counts people born with a sexual anatomy that does not fit typical definitions for male or female bodies, according to a top official. The census will help end stigma and recognise the rights of intersex people who face challenges in accessing healthcare and education, said Kenya's Senator for Persons with Disabilities Isaac Mwaura. It is very germane that intersex persons are going to be counted for the first time in this country," Mwaura told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview on Tuesday.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:36:50 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. DoJ antitrust chief says working with states on Big Tech probe

    ASPEN, Colo./WASHINGTON Aug 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is working with a group of more than a dozen state attorneys general as it investigates the market power of major technology companies, the department's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said on Tuesday. Delrahim said at a tech conference the government is studying acquisitions by major tech companies that were previously approved as part of a broad antitrust review announced in July of major tech firms with significant market power.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:34:43 -0400
  • FBI: Truck driver threatened mass shooting at Memphis church

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:32:11 -0400
  • Exclusive: Trump orders cabinet to assuage farmer unrest over biofuel policy - sources

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    President Donald Trump ordered cabinet members on Monday to stem the tide of rising anger in Iowa and other Farm Belt states over his administration's decision to allow numerous oil refiners to mix less ethanol into their gasoline, sources told Reuters. Trump held a two-hour meeting at the White House, two sources familiar with the discussions said. Corn farmers and ethanol producers lobbied to dramatically cut the number of exemptions, which have hit a record under the Trump administration.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:28:21 -0400
  • Coroner: Leader of large organic food scheme dies by suicide

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:27:46 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. warns Sri Lanka on investment, military ties after army chief promotion

    A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka's appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military cooperation and investment in the island nation. On Monday, Sri Lanka named Shavendra Silva, 55, as the country's new army chief despite United Nations accusations that he was involved in human rights abuses during the country's 26-year-long civil war. The Washington official, speaking to reporters on background, said the appointment would have lasting implications for reconciliation following the brutal conflict, which ended in 2009.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:24:21 -0400
  • Ebola outbreak spreads to remote, militia-controlled territory in Democratic Republic of Congo

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    Ebola outbreak spreads to remote, militia-controlled territory in Democratic Republic of Congo originally appeared on abcnews.go.comA new case of Ebola has popped up in a remote, militia-controlled area in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, hundreds of miles away from the epicenter of the yearlong outbreak.The patient is a 70-year-old woman living in Pinga, a rural village located in Walikale territory in North Kivu province, according to a recent statement from the technical committee running the country's Ebola response and reporting directly to the president. ...

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:24:00 -0400
  • Mom holds 'job fair' for her kids after they kept asking for money, cellphones

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    Mom holds 'job fair' for her kids after they kept asking for money, cellphones originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comA Georgia mom is winning parental praise for the way she’s teaching her children, ages 13, 10 and 6, about money.Shaketha McCregor, a single mom in Dublin, Georgia, said she knew she needed a creative solution after constant requests from her three kids for things like cell phones and money to do things with their friends.“I was like I don’t want to just give it to them,” she told “Good Morning America. ...

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:24:00 -0400
  • 3 women sue Epstein's estate, citing rape, other sex acts

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:23:27 -0400
  • New York City can limit art vendors in popular parks: appeals court

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    New York City rules limiting the number of art and book vendors in four popular Manhattan parks are constitutional, a state appeals court ruled on Tuesday, overturning an injunction against the rules. In a 5-0 decision, the appeals court rejected artists' contentions that the limits covering Central Park south of 86th Street, Battery Park, High Line Park and Union Square Park violated their free speech and equal protection rights under the state constitution, and amounted to illegal discrimination. The Appellate Division decision came nine years after litigation began over rules adopted by the city in July 2010 that capped the number of vendors of "expressive matter" such as paintings, photos, entertainment, newspapers and books.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:22:56 -0400
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    Dad 'empty' after 9-year-old Detroit girl killed by dogs

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:21:15 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Blasts hit militia group position at Iraq's Balad air base - security sources

    Several blasts hit a position held by Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries next to Balad air base north of Baghdad on Tuesday, an Iraqi military official and a source in a paramilitary group said. It was one of a series of explosions in recent weeks at weapons depots, bases or positions belonging to factions within the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), Iraq's umbrella of mostly Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary groups. Balad base hosts U.S. forces and contractors and is located about 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:17:57 -0400
  • The Latest: Police release sketch of suspect in campus death

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    Police have released a sketch and surveillance images of a suspect in the stabbing death of a retired college administrator at California State University, Fullerton. Authorities say video footage shows the Asian man in his mid-20s leaving a campus parking lot Monday in a black sedan — possibly a newer model BMW X6 — with black wheels and tinted windows. Police say the attacker targeted 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan in his car and stabbed him numerous times.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:16:03 -0400
  • Offsets no match for flying less, jetsetting Prince Harry told

    Carbon offsetting schemes are no match for taking fewer flights, climate change experts said on Tuesday, as Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan flew into a storm over a private jet trip to the south of France. Pop singer Elton John, who provided the jet, said on social media he had "offset" the couple's carbon emissions as he defended them against claims of hypocrisy over their environmental campaigning. "It should really be a last resort ... A lot of it, I think, is people to some extent salving their conscience," Andrew Scott, the head of the think tank's climate and energy programme, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:15:43 -0400
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    Suspect in Utah student's death charged in 2nd assault case

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:14:41 -0400
  • Amazon burning: Brazil reports record forest fires

    Wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest have hit a record number this year, with 72,843 fires detected so far by Brazil's space research center INPE, as concerns grow over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy. Since Thursday, INPE said satellite images spotted 9,507 new forest fires in the country, mostly in the Amazon basin, home to the world's largest tropical forest seen as vital to countering global warming.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:10:49 -0400
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    James Bond movie gets a title - 'No Time to Die'

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:06:33 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-U.S. resumes Afghan peace talks with Taliban, government -State Dept.

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:04:53 -0400
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    The Latest: League's Salvini kisses crucifix as Conte speaks

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:04:12 -0400
  • James Bond movie gets a title - 'No Time to Die'

    The new James Bond film finally has a title - "No Time to Die" - and an April 2020 release date, producers announced on Tuesday. "Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007 in… NO TIME TO DIE. Filming for the new movie, previously known only as Bond 25, got under way in Jamaica in April when producers announced that Oscar winner Rami Malek will play the villain in latest entry in lucrative British spy franchise.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:03:47 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-EU being a bit negative but we will get there on Brexit deal -UK PM Johnson

    The European Union is being "a big negative" about the prospects of reaching a Brexit deal but it can be done, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. "At the moment it is absolutely true that our friends and partners are a bit negative ... but I think we'll get there.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:59:41 -0400
  • 'Harry Potter' fans delight over Emma Watson and Tom Felton's friendship

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    'Harry Potter' fans delight over Emma Watson and Tom Felton's friendship originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comTom Felton and Emma Watson are about as close as former co-stars can be.The duo starred in "Harry Potter" for the better part of a decade, but played rivals in two very different houses: Slytherin and Gryffindor.But off screen, the duo have acted as music teacher, photographer and simply friend to one another. ...

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:58:45 -0400
  • Should Walmart, Kroger and other retailers ban carrying guns in stores?

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    After shootings at Walmart, Kroger, Waffle House, Macy's and others, are you comfortable visiting a business where patrons can bring their weapons?

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:57:20 -0400
  • CEO: Refinery by Roosevelt National Park 1 year behind plan

    Lawsuits from environmentalists and landowners have made investors skittish and delayed progress another year on the proposed $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, the developer's top executive said. "Absolutely lawsuits have cost us time, and fear over the lawsuits have cost us a lot of money," Meridian Energy Group CEO William Prentice told The Associated Press. Meridian began site work last summer, aiming to have the Davis Refinery operating by mid-2021.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:55:42 -0400
  • Factbox: 10 facts on how mosquitoes pose a threat to half the world

    World Mosquito Day on Tuesday commemorated the discovery in 1897 by British doctor Ronald Ross that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans but the World Health Organization (WHO) warns progress against malaria is stalling. This has made mosquitoes one of the deadliest animals in the world. 2. Mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than one million people every year with the majority due to malaria and the WHO warns nearly half of the world population is at risk.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:55:39 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall St slips after three days of gains; Home Depot rises

    Wall Street's main indexes edged lower on Tuesday after three sessions of gains, as lower Treasury yields weighed on financial stocks, offsetting a boost from Home Depot's better-than-expected quarterly earnings. "Markets have been extremely strong over the past few days, so there is a little bit of profit taking," said Gary Bradshaw, portfolio manager with Hodges Funds in Dallas. "Home Depot's earnings show that people are continuing to invest in their homes, a positive for Wall Street and the U.S. consumer," Bradshaw said.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:55:39 -0400
  • Trump: Tlaib 'hates Israel' and 'I don't buy her tears'

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    At a press conference addressing Israel’s decision to bar her and Rep. Ilhan Omar from visiting the country, Rep. Rashida Tlaib fought back tears while recalling her experiences visiting Jerusalem as a child. The president was unmoved.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:51:17 -0400
  • France vows tight security to keep troublemakers far from G7 summit

    The French seaside resort of Biarritz will be transformed into more of a fortress than a surfers' paradise as organizers of this weekend's G7 summit prepare to shield world leaders from outside disturbances. France is deploying 13,200 police backed up by soldiers and drones to make sure they are kept far from the summit. "We will not tolerate any serious trouble," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told a news conference.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:48:31 -0400
  • REFILE-FACTBOX-10 facts on how mosquitoes pose a threat to half the world

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:47:25 -0400
  • French couple facing six years in jail after police say they stole sand from a beach in Italy

    A French couple could go to prison for as many as six years after they tried to steal sand off of a beach in Sardinia, Italy, which police found in their car.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:46:31 -0400
  • Meals on Wheels driver rescues woman from burning home

    Vermont officials say an elderly woman was rescued from her burning home by a Meals on Wheels driver. Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Scott Richardson says the driver had stopped to deliver the meals when he saw the house was on fire Friday. Officials say the woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:42:03 -0400
  • EU being a bit negative but we will get there on Brexit deal -UK PM Johnson

    The European Union is being "a big negative" about the prospects of reaching a Brexit deal but it can be done, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. The bloc earlier rebuffed Johnson's demand that it reopen the Brexit divorce deal, saying Britain had failed to propose any realistic alternative to the backstop, an agreed insurance policy for the Irish border. "At the moment it is absolutely true that our friends and partners are a bit negative ... but I think we'll get there.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:39:39 -0400
  • U.S. envoy to visit Qatar, Afghanistan for peace talks

    U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Qatar and Afghanistan on Tuesday to resume talks with the Taliban and the Afghan government on a peace process, the State Department said. "In Doha, Ambassador Khalilzad will resume talks with the Taliban as part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict in Afghanistan," the department said in a statement.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:39:10 -0400
  • All-clear after University of St. Thomas evacuates building

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:37:29 -0400
  • Expert panel updates advice on BRCA cancer gene screening

    "Whether or not the harms of risk assessment, counseling, testing, and interventions outweigh the benefits depends on a woman's individual risk profile and family history," Dr. Douglas K. Owens, Task Force member from Stanford University in California, told Reuters Health by email. "That is why it is important for women who are concerned about their risk of having a BRCA mutation to discuss benefits and harms with their doctor," he added. Owens and his colleagues on the government-backed USPSTF reviewed all the available evidence before updating the panel's recommendations on risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancer.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:35:01 -0400
  • Cameroon tribunal sentences separatist leader to life

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:32:47 -0400
  • New Jersey man charged with hoarding weapons and racist propaganda due in court

    When New Jersey State Police responded to the scene of a vehicle crash in July, they found firearms and ammunition inside the crashed car of Joseph Rubino, 57, who had been previously convicted of issuing a bad check, according to court documents. Authorities also said they found a box containing clothing and bumper stickers with white supremacist and neo-Nazi symbols and racist propaganda, including a document that appeared to be an instruction manual for owning a slave.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:32:26 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women -agency

    Saudi Arabia has begun allowing adult women to travel without permission and to exercise more control over family matters, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday, following a flurry of royal decrees approving the changes. Riyadh has long faced international criticism over the status of Saudi women. A series of royal decrees published earlier this month further eroded that system as the kingdom comes under increased scrutiny over its human rights record.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:22:09 -0400
  • Blasts hit militia group position at Iraq's Balad air base - security sources

    Several blasts hit a position held by Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries next to Balad air base north of Baghdad on Tuesday, an Iraqi military official and a source in a paramilitary group said. Balad base hosts U.S. forces and contractors and is located about 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad. An Iraqi Shi'ite militia group, which is backed by Iran, is stationed nearby.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:20:30 -0400
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    Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:16:00 -0400
  • Iran curbs jailed British-Iranian aid worker's family contacts-BBC

    Iranian authorities have restricted British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's contacts with her daughter to once a month and banned her from calling her husband, the BBC reported on Tuesday. "Richard Ratcliffe said new rules mean she cannot make international calls to him in London - and can only see their five-year-old daughter once a month," the BBC said on its website. Britain's Guardian newspaper said Zaghari-Ratcliffe could previously see her daughter, who lives with her grandparents in Iran, every few days in prison.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:09:09 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Facebook users to see, control personal data taken from other websites

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:02:01 -0400
  • Egyptian security forces kill 11 suspected militants in Sinai

    Egyptian security forces have killed 11 suspected militants in a gun battle during a raid on their hideout in Al-Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, the ministry of interior said on Tuesday. A ministry statement said the suspects used their hideout as a base to launch "hostile operations" and weapons and explosives were found at the scene. The suspects were killed in a firefight, the ministry said without elaborating on their identity or whether there had been casualties among the security forces.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:01:55 -0400
  • Attorneys argue to toss school shooting suspect's statements

    Attorneys for a Kentucky teenager charged with fatally shooting two classmates and wounding 14 others at a high school have asked a judge to suppress his statements to investigators. The now 17-year-old Gabriel Parker is accused of fatally shooting Preston Cope and Bailey Holt at Marshall County High School in January 2018. Defense lawyers say investigators didn't obtain a proper waiver of Parker's Miranda rights, didn't correctly contact his mother and didn't properly comply with the mother's request for an attorney.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:00:25 -0400
  • Mueller-targeted Russian firm seeks April 2020 trial

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    The trial would test allegations that Concord Management and Consulting financed and organized an army of internet trolls to disrupt the 2016 election.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:57:11 -0400
  • TIMELINE-Germany could soon bury its 'black zero' budget rule

    Germany is facing growing calls at home and from abroad to ditch its self-imposed balanced budget rule and take on new debt to inject more fiscal stimulus into Europe's largest economy. A senior government official told Reuters this month that the finance ministry is toying with the idea of issuing new debt in the form of "green bonds" which could help finance a costly climate protection package. As the economy teeters on the brink of recession and borrowing costs hit record lows, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has also said that Germany's reduced debt level gives Berlin the fiscal muscle to counter a possible crisis "with full force", suggesting room for extra spending of up to 50 billion euros ($55.4 billion).

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:54:27 -0400
  • Brazil extradites Chilean leftist guerrilla convicted of murdering Pinochet ally

    Brazil said on Tuesday it had extradited to Chile a leftist guerrilla convicted of the murder of a Chilean politician allied with former dictator Augusto Pinochet. Mauricio Hernandez Norambuena, a member of leftist group Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front (FPMR), was convicted in Chile of the 1991 murder of Chilean Senator Jaime Guzman. Hernandez eventually fled to Cuba and to Brazil, where he was jailed 10 years later for kidnapping advertising executive Washington Olivetto in Sao Paulo.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:48:46 -0400
  • Swiss watchdog expects details on Facebook's Libra by end of month

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    Switzerland's privacy watchdog expects to receive details on Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency by the end of this month, a spokeswoman for the agency said on Tuesday. Facebook's plans to launch Libra next year have prompted warnings from politicians, regulators and central bankers that it must be closely regulated to avoid any disruption to the international financial system. Facebook's Libra project head David Marcus told U.S. senators earlier this year he expected the Swiss authority to be Libra's privacy regulator, yet the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) had at that time yet to be contacted by Libra's organizers.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:46:02 -0400
  • U.S. DoJ antitrust chief says working with states on tech investigation

    The U.S. Department of Justice is working with state attorneys general to investigate the market power of technology companies, the department's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said on Tuesday. The department would be looking not only at price effects, but also innovation and quality, and the next steps in its broad antitrust review would be seeking information, documents and possible compulsory process, Delrahim said at a tech policy conference in Colorado.

    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:42:54 -0400
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    The Latest: Cyprus picks up 33 migrants packed on small boat

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:41:14 -0400
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