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Posted: Tue-Jun-2019



Public funds are flexing their financial might with private equity on issues from severance for Toys “R” Us workers to workplace harassment.

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Trump imposes new sanctions as Iran threatens to down more U.S. drones
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U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday imposing fresh sanctions on Iran, amid increased tensions between the long-time foes.

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Singapore probes drones at airport that disrupted 63 flights
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Drones buzzing around Singapore's Changi Airport have caused the delay or diversion of 63 flights in the past week, triggering an official investigation and raising questions about the motives of the offenders.

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Mexico sends 15,000 troops to border in unusual move to ward off U.S. trade tariffs
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Nearly 15,00 Mexican soldiers and National Guard troops have been sent to the border with the U.S. to try to stem the flow of illegal immigrants across the border.

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5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda preserve
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Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos raised in captivity in European countries were transported to Rwanda's Akagera National Park on Monday, where they will roam on protected conservation land. 

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U.S. government moves migrant kids after poor conditions exposed
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The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 kids were detained there and caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.

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Milan-Cortina's winning bid highlights why no one wants to host the Olympics
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A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: Milan-Cortina awarded the 2026 Winter Olympics amid lacklustre competition, the prevalence of fake news and interference in the federal election.

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Protesters in Hong Kong plan new demonstrations as G20 meets this week
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Protesters fearing an erosion of Hong Kong's legal autonomy blocked access to a government office building for nearly two hours Monday and plan more demonstrations to draw the attention of leaders attending the G20 summit this week.

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Zimbabwe tries to bring back its dollar, a decade after hyperinflation killed it
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Zimbabwe declared its interim currency to be the country's sole legal tender on Monday in a bid to stem black market demand for foreign currencies.

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Turkey's opposition strikes blow to Erdogan with Istanbul mayoral win - again
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In a blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an opposition candidate declared victory in the Istanbul mayor's race for a second time Sunday after the government-backed candidate conceded defeat in a high-stakes repeat election.

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5th-ranked Canada eliminated by Sweden in round of 16
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Canada's campaign for the Women's World Cup ended Monday with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Sweden that saw the Canadians miss a chance to tie the game from the penalty spot.

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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down law banning foul language trademarks
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The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a section of federal law that prevented officials from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory Monday to California fashion brand FUCT.

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Ethiopian general accused of plotting deadly attacks has been killed, government says
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The man accused of trying to seize control of Ethiopia's northern Amhara region was shot dead on Monday, a senior government official said, and a number of other plotters have been arrested.

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Woman, 3 young children found dead near Texas-Mexico border
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A spokesperson for a Texas sheriff's department says the bodies of a woman in her early 20s, a toddler and two infants were found in an area of South Texas near the Mexican border that is a common route for migrants entering the U.S.

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Czech protesters urge PM to resign, consider him a threat to democracy
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Hundreds of thousands of people rallied Sunday in Prague to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign, assembling from across the Czech Republic for the capital's biggest anti-government protest since the 1989 pro-democratic Velvet Revolution that brought down the communist regime.

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Kushner's $50B economic plan for Mideast peace faces broad Arab rejection
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Arab politicians and commentators have greeted U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East $50-billion US economic vision with a mixture of derision and exasperation, although some in the Gulf have called for it to be given a chance.

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'We didn't talk about the bombs': How the 1st cohort of Syrian refugees made it through high school in Canada
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The first students from the wave of Syrian refugees who came to Canada in 2015-16 are now graduating high school. While some have dropped out, those who are getting their grade 12 diplomas are grateful for the opportunity to finish their education, and have big plans for the future.

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Cypriot army captain sentenced to life for killing 7
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A Greek Cypriot army captain has been sentenced to seven life imprisonment terms after pleading guilty Monday to killing five women and two children in a three-year murder spree in which he preyed on his victims online.

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UN chief says essential to avoid escalation in the Gulf
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UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned it's essential to avoid "any form of escalation" in the Gulf as tensions continue to rise following the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone this week by Iran.

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Climate protesters storm open-pit mine in western Germany
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Hundreds of climate change activists have stormed an open-cast coal mine in western Germany in a weekend of campaigning against fossil fuels.

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Boris Johnson says Conservatives don't want to hear why police were called to home he shares with girlfriend
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Boris Johnson, the favourite to become the next Conservative leader and U.K. prime minister, said Saturday that party members were not interested in why police were called to investigate concerns for the welfare of a woman at the home they share.

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German Town Buys All The Beer So Neo-Nazis Can't Drink At Music Festival
Police and residents in Ostritz, Saxony, banded together to deprive the attendees of a far-right rock festival of the most German of staples: Beer. ... read more


New U.S. Sanctions Mean 'Permanent Closure' Of Diplomacy, Iran Says
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the sanctions “outrageous" and said the White House was "afflicted by mental retardation." ... read more


Massive Crater In German Cornfield Likely Caused By Exploding WWII Bomb
“We can be glad that the farmer was not in the field,” a city spokesman said of the weekend blast. ... read more


Trump Imposes New Sanctions Targeting Iranian Supreme Leader
The measures target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his office. ... read more


Jeremy Hunt Labels Boris Johnson A 'Coward' For Dodging TV Debate
“Don’t be a coward Boris, man up and show the nation you can cope with the intense scrutiny the most difficult job in the country will involve.” ... read more


Boys Soccer Team Marks One Year Since Going Missing In Thai Cave
Nine of the 12 boys and their coach appeared Sunday to mark a year since the Wild Boars soccer club got trapped inside the Tham Luang cave. ... read more


Kushner's Economic Plan For Peace In The Middle East Met With 'Contempt' In Arab World
Though some in the Gulf have expressed optimism for the plan, it's been widely rejected by Palestinians and other Arab states. ... read more


Ethiopia Says Several Senior Officials Were Killed In Thwarted Coup Attempt
The country's chief of staff and the president of Amhara state were among those killed in the violence on Saturday, local media reported. ... read more


Trump Sent Kim Jong Un An 'Excellent' Letter, North Korean Media Reports
President Trump and the North Korean dictator continue to praise each other months after their failed summit. ... read more


Police Called To Boris Johnson’s Flat After 'Altercation With Girlfriend’ – Reports
A concerned neighbor dialed emergency services after reportedly hearing screaming and shouting at the British lawmaker's property. ... read more


Global Airlines Reroute Flights Around Iranian Airspace After Strike
British Airways, KLM and Emirates are among the companies steering clear of the area as tensions run high. ... read more


Thousands Of Protesters Return To The Streets Of Hong Kong To Denounce Extradition Bill
“We want the law to be withdrawn, not suspended." ... read more


FAA Prohibits Operators From Flying Over Some Iran-Controlled Airspace
The emergency order prohibits U.S. operators from flying in an overwater area of Tehran-controlled airspace. ... read more


The Trump Administration's Pressure On Iran Is Creeping Toward Conflict
Iran's downing of a U.S. drone is the latest step in a dangerous escalation. ... read more


New Zealand Launches 'Buyback' Program For Semi-Automatic Weapons After Mosque Attacks
The measure comes after New Zealand's worst peacetime mass shooting, in which 51 people were killed and dozens injured in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. ... read more


Chinese President Xi Jinping Arrives In North Korea For Talks With Kim Jong Un
Xi is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years. ... read more


Iran Shoots Down U.S. 'Spy' Drone
Iran's Revolutionary Guard claims the drone was flying over southern Iran. A U.S. official said it was shot down in international airspace. ... read more


More Than 70 Million People -- A Record -- Were Displaced In 2018, UN Says
The head of the UN refugee agency sees a "rising trend" of people fleeing their homes to escape violence and persecution. ... read more


UN Human Rights Chief Makes First Visit To Venezuela
Michelle Bachelet arrived in Venezuela to meet President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who are fighting for control as nation faces crisis. ... read more


Netherlands To Prosecute Suspects In Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Airliner Downing
Three Russians and a Ukrainian face murder charges for the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, in which 298 people were killed. ... read more


Dutch emergency line hit by KPN telecoms outage
The four-hour disruption was the largest in years and the cause is still unclear. ... read more


Rhino release: European parks bring animals to Rwanda
Five critically endangered rhinos from European zoos are flown to Rwanda to be released into the wild. ... read more


Reactions to Istanbul's mayoral election
Supporters and opponents of Istanbul's new mayor explain why they think Ekrem Imamoglu won. ... read more


Cyprus serial killer Nikos Metaxas handed seven life sentences
Army officer Nikos Metaxas pleads guilty to the murder of five women and two of their children. ... read more


EU deplores UK 'voting obstacles' in May European elections
The EU Commission asks why many EU citizens were unable to vote in the UK. ... read more


Germany crash: Two Eurofighter jets in fatal collision
The two pilots managed to eject but only one of them is thought to have survived. ... read more


France 40C heatwave could break June records
It could feel like 47C in Paris this week as high humidity makes a hot June feel even hotter. ... read more


German WW2 bomb leaves giant crater in field
The bomb went off in the early hours of Sunday, startling nearby residents. ... read more


Winter Olympics & Paralympics: Italy's Milan-Cortina chosen to host 2026 Games
Italy's joint bid of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo are announced as the hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. ... read more


Rocco Morabito: Italian mafia boss escapes from Uruguayan prison
Uruguay had agreed to extradite the notorious drug trader back to Italy last year. ... read more


Eurostar defends alcohol limits on trains
Passengers have complained about the restrictions of one bottle of wine or four cans of beer. ... read more


Beer ban leaves German neo-Nazi rock fans thirsty
Police remove crates of beer to tame a far-right rock festival in eastern Germany. ... read more


Icelanders tire of disrespectful Instagram influencers
Locals are frustrated at a number of cases where influencers have been disrespectful at tourist sites. ... read more


Death in Ice Valley: New clues in Isdal Woman mystery
A man who may have seen the Isdal Woman on the way to her death; a police officer bitter that the case was shut down - new leads in a 49-year-old puzzle. ... read more


Istanbul mayoral vote: Is ‘disastrous’ loss beginning of Erdogan’s end?
The defeat of Erdogan’s ruling AKP party in Istanbul’s mayoral election has sparked hope for change. ... read more


Chatty cockroach gets Greeks talking on Athens streets
How two female artists reignited debate on the streets of Greece by imitating an insect. ... read more


Holocaust survivors: The families who weren’t meant to live
Holocaust survivors and their families recreate a photo taken in 1945. ... read more


German politician's murder raises spectre of far-right attacks
A neo-Nazi is suspected of having shot Walter Lübcke, who defended migrant rights. ... read more


How water polo's Shiny Shrimps changed one man's life
Cédric Le Gallo used to hate sport. But then he joined the Shiny Shrimps and it changed his life. ... read more


The women fighting for Lapland
As climate change affects the livelihoods of Finland's indigenous Sami people, a proposed new Arctic railway, forestry and mining could change Lapland forever. ... read more


As student debt becomes a cultural touchstone, brands look to profit
From Burger King to Natty Ice to a TruTV game show, student debt is being used to launch ventures and ad campaigns. But is it effective, or just offensive? ... read more


Iran says new sanctions mean the end of diplomacy
National Security Adviser John Bolton says the president is open to real negotiations and "all that Iran needs to do is walk through that open door." ... read more


New video shows Jussie Smollett with rope around his neck moments after alleged attack
"They poured bleach on me," Smollett said in the video, released Monday by Chicago police, as he began to undo a thin noose-style rope from his neck. ... read more


Bernie Sanders' student debt plan doesn't fix the problem of student debt
Until the cost of a college education is reduced — a considerably more politically fraught undertaking — student debt relief will be a temporary fix. ... read more


Almost 300 migrant children removed from Texas facility described as 'appalling'
“I have never seen conditions as appalling as what we witnessed last week,” one attorney said. ... read more


Mueller report hits the stage with star-studded Broadway cast
“The Investigation: A Search For The Truth in Ten Acts” adapted and condensed portions of the report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump. ... read more


'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo crowned NBA MVP
Giannis Antetokounmpo won the NBA MVP award, edging out James Harden. He was emotional in thanking teammates and family for helping him reach this point. ... read more


Trump order aims to disclose 'real' costs for health care
The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money. ... read more


Bottled water brand found to have high levels of arsenic pulled from stores
Peñafiel bottled water is sold at Target and Walmart, as well as other vendors. ... read more


As Democrats get ready to debate, the fight for Florida's Latino vote is just beginning
"We are acutely aware that the Republicans will not simply roll over and concede the Latino vote,” says Democratic Party chair Tom Perez. ... read more


How to make the Democratic debates mean something, according to a debate coach
An intercollegiate debate coach explains how the format lets candidates repeat talking points rather than be challenged to defend their ideas. ... read more


Four Carnival passengers airlifted to U.S. after Bahamas bus crash
Carnival Cruise Line said the cause of the crash was under investigation. ... read more


Mississippi loses hundreds of teachers due to licensing issue, showing bigger problem
This latest challenge shows how schools struggle to fill empty teaching positions and maintain teaching standards. ... read more


Mars rover detects 'unusually high' levels of methane
Is it evidence of life on the Red Planet? ... read more


A better way to think about 'clean eating'
What is clean eating? There's no strict definition, but it doesn't have to be restrictive and elitist, despite what your social media feed tells you. ... read more


Megan Rapinoe scores twice as U.S. women beat Spain in World Cup
Americans secure quarterfinal match later this week against host France. ... read more


Mississippi loses hundreds of teachers due to licensing issue, showing bigger problem
This latest challenge shows how schools struggle to fill empty teaching positions and maintain teaching standards. ... read more


As Democrats get ready to debate, the fight for Florida's Latino vote is just beginning
"We are acutely aware that the Republicans will not simply roll over and concede the Latino vote,” says Democratic Party chair Tom Perez. ... read more


SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket with 24 satellites
The new core booster missed an ocean platform, not unexpected for this especially difficult mission, SpaceX noted. ... read more


Tiger Woods removed from lawsuit over drunk driving death of employee
The parents of a drunk driver who died in a car crash, a bartender at Woods' restaurant, had named the golf pro in a wrongful death suit. ... read more


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As student debt becomes a cultural touchstone, brands look to profit
From Burger King to Natty Ice to a TruTV game show, student debt is being used to launch ventures and ad campaigns. But is it effective, or just offensive? ... read more


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Iran says new sanctions mean the end of diplomacy
National Security Adviser John Bolton says the president is open to real negotiations and "all that Iran needs to do is walk through that open door." ... read more


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New video shows Jussie Smollett with rope around his neck moments after alleged attack
"They poured bleach on me," Smollett said in the video, released Monday by Chicago police, as he began to undo a thin noose-style rope from his neck. ... read more


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Bernie Sanders' student debt plan doesn't fix the problem of student debt
Until the cost of a college education is reduced — a considerably more politically fraught undertaking — student debt relief will be a temporary fix. ... read more


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Almost 300 migrant children removed from Texas facility described as 'appalling'
“I have never seen conditions as appalling as what we witnessed last week,” one attorney said. ... read more


Mueller report hits the stage with star-studded Broadway cast
“The Investigation: A Search For The Truth in Ten Acts” adapted and condensed portions of the report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump. ... read more


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'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo crowned NBA MVP
Giannis Antetokounmpo won the NBA MVP award, edging out James Harden. He was emotional in thanking teammates and family for helping him reach this point. ... read more


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Trump order aims to disclose 'real' costs for health care
The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money. ... read more


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Bottled water brand found to have high levels of arsenic pulled from stores
Peñafiel bottled water is sold at Target and Walmart, as well as other vendors. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_26/2905726/190621-miami-campaign-rally-ew-1227p_f86e4db3836072777d8e0ea2584df192.jpg
As Democrats get ready to debate, the fight for Florida's Latino vote is just beginning
"We are acutely aware that the Republicans will not simply roll over and concede the Latino vote,” says Democratic Party chair Tom Perez. ... read more


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How to make the Democratic debates mean something, according to a debate coach
An intercollegiate debate coach explains how the format lets candidates repeat talking points rather than be challenged to defend their ideas. ... read more


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Four Carnival passengers airlifted to U.S. after Bahamas bus crash
Carnival Cruise Line said the cause of the crash was under investigation. ... read more


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Mississippi loses hundreds of teachers due to licensing issue, showing bigger problem
This latest challenge shows how schools struggle to fill empty teaching positions and maintain teaching standards. ... read more


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Mars rover detects 'unusually high' levels of methane
Is it evidence of life on the Red Planet? ... read more


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A better way to think about 'clean eating'
What is clean eating? There's no strict definition, but it doesn't have to be restrictive and elitist, despite what your social media feed tells you. ... read more


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Megan Rapinoe scores twice as U.S. women beat Spain in World Cup
Americans secure quarterfinal match later this week against host France. ... read more


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Mississippi loses hundreds of teachers due to licensing issue, showing bigger problem
This latest challenge shows how schools struggle to fill empty teaching positions and maintain teaching standards. ... read more


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As Democrats get ready to debate, the fight for Florida's Latino vote is just beginning
"We are acutely aware that the Republicans will not simply roll over and concede the Latino vote,” says Democratic Party chair Tom Perez. ... read more


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SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket with 24 satellites
The new core booster missed an ocean platform, not unexpected for this especially difficult mission, SpaceX noted. ... read more


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Tiger Woods removed from lawsuit over drunk driving death of employee
The parents of a drunk driver who died in a car crash, a bartender at Woods' restaurant, had named the golf pro in a wrongful death suit. ... read more


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