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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
 

Brazil race begins in earnest with da Silva off party ticket

Brazil’s Workers’ Party on today replaced jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as its candidate for October’s general election, clarifying one of the biggest question marks hanging over the vote to lead Latin America’s largest nation. Read More

Iraqi city of Basra seethes over water crisis, unemployment

The brackish water pouring from the taps of homes in Basra has caused stomach ailments and skin rashes for thousands in the southern Iraqi city once famous for its network of freshwater canals that gave it the nickname the “Venice of the East.” Read More

Sweden joins Europe’s move to right over migration backlash

Sweden has become the latest European country to have its political order shaken by a backlash against large-scale immigration, with voters giving a boost to a far-right party and weakening the more established ones. Read More
 

Thai police shut down journalists’ discussion about Rohingya

Police in Thailand shut down a forum organized by foreign journalists to discuss whether senior military officers in Myanmar should face justice for alleged human rights abuses committed by their forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Read More

Rapper Kamaiyah pleads guilty in airport disturbance

Rapper Kamaiyah has pleaded guilty to creating a public disturbance at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport in May when police say she went on a profanity-laced tirade against security officers. Read More

Grocery worker charged with eating into deli profits

Authorities in eastern Ohio say a grocery store employee has been charged with felony theft for helping herself to deli ham for years. Read More
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John Lennon celebrated with release of commemorative stamp

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John Lennon’s iconic moptop, round glasses and grin will now adorn a U.S. stamp. Read More
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In Trump’s rise, Michael Moore sees the hallmarks of Hitler

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At the premiere of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” the filmmaker’s impassioned and portentous documentary about Donald Trump and the conditions that led to his presidency, Moore brought to the stage several Parkland, Florida, students who appear briefly in the film. “Generation of hope!” called out an audience member. Read More

High-stakes diplomacy as battle for Syria’s Idlib looms

Iran and Russia on today backed a military campaign to retake the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria as Turkey pleaded for a cease-fire, narrowing the chances of a diplomatic solution to avoid what many say would be a bloody humanitarian disaster. Read More

South Korea seeks ‘irrevocable progress’ on nukes by year’s end

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said today he is pushing for “irrevocable progress” in efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons by the end of this year as he prepares for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Read More

Iraqi protesters set fire to Iran consulate in southern city

Angry protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Basra today, setting a fire inside as part of ongoing demonstrations that have turned deadly in the past few days, a security official and eyewitnesses said. Read More

Mexico rights agency: 696 found in mass graves since 2017

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says the discovery of 166 bodies in a field in Veracruz state brings to 696 the total number of corpses found in mass graves since the beginning of 2017. Read More

Connecticut restaurant owner fined over no dog pee sign

A sarcastic sign in the window of a Connecticut restaurant asking people not to let their dogs pee on the eatery’s outside flower pot has earned the owner a $250 fine. Read More

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