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Uncertainties mount as Iraq’s prime minister says he won’t seek 2nd term

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said he will not “cling to power,” after the country’s highest Shiite religious authority called for the appointment of a new head of government. A member of the leader’s parliamentary bloc, however, said today that if al-Abadi gets a majority in the legislature he will form the new Cabinet. Read More

Dutch ousted Russians for alleged attempt to hack Swiss lab

Dutch authorities arrested and expelled two suspected Russian spies months ago for allegedly trying to hack a Swiss laboratory that conducts chemical weapons tests, Switzerland’s government confirmed today as it summoned the Russian ambassador to protest an “attempted attack.” Read More
 

CBS reporter says she felt threatened by text message from Jeff Fager

CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan said Thursday she felt threatened when “60 Minutes” boss Jeff Fager sent her a text message to “be careful” when she questioned him about reports that he tolerated an abusive environment at the newsmagazine. Read More
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Celebs turn out to help Rihanna’s Diamond Ball shine bright

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Rihanna’s Diamond Ball shined in its fourth year and continued to make a name as one of the industry’s white-hot and must-attend parties — all while raising nearly $6 million for charity. Read More

Sony to sell robotic puppy in U.S.

Sony announced it would release the latest model of its autonomous robotic puppy aibo in the United States in September. Read More
 

Photo: Dismantled for transportation

The takamikura — the dais-style throne used by a new emperor when his accession is proclaimed —was disassembled at the Kyoto Imperial Palace Aug. 21. Read More

Photo: Sunflowers shine

Visitors walked through a field of sunflowers at Himawari no Sato (Sunflower village) in Hokuryu, Hokkaido, in August. Read More

Will a ‘Saturday Night Live’ makeover boost the Emmys?

Excited about Monday’s 70th Emmy Awards? Probably not. That’s an educated guess based on shrinking interest in entertainment’s back-slapping ceremonies generally and television’s biggest night in particular. Read More

Russia launches biggest ever war games involving China

Hundreds of thousands Russian troops swept across Siberia on today in the nation’s largest ever war games also joined by China — a powerful show of burgeoning military ties between Moscow and Beijing amid their tensions with the U.S. Read More

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