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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

Wild art: Great Buddha undergoes ritual cleaning

Great Buddha undergoes ritual cleaning: Priests and other workers clean the Great Buddha statue in Todaiji temple in Nara, Japan, last month during the annual ritual called “ominugui.” Read More
 

Katsura Imperial Villa to allow more visitors from November

The Katsura Imperial Villa, or Katsura-Rikyu, located in Kyoto and originally built as a holiday home for the Imperial family, will open its doors to more visitors beginning Nov. 1, the Imperial Household Agency announced. Read More

Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing

It’s a sunny summer morning in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Cicadas chirp in the trees. A lone plane flies high overhead. Read More

Keeping chickens cool amid lingering heat wave

Workers at one poultry farm have had their hands full spraying water on chickens to keep them cool this summer, as scorching heat continues across Japan. Read More

Dr. Elizabeth Connell, authority on contraception, is dead at 92

Connell, a proponent of improving women’s reproductive health for more than 50 years, died on Aug. 20 at Brookdale Cushing Park, an assisted living facility in Framingham, Massachusetts. She was 92. Read More

Lobbyist says he illegally helped Russian and Ukrainian buy tickets to Trump inauguration

An American lobbyist who worked with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs pleaded guilty today to failing to register as an agent of a foreign power and disclosed to prosecutors that he helped a Russian political operative and a Ukranian businessman illegally purchase four tickets to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Read More

U.S. attorney: MS-13 gang terrorized California farm town

More than two dozen MS-13 gang members and affiliates were arrested and charged following a monthslong murder and drug trafficking investigation centered on a rural California farm city, U.S. and state prosecutors said today. Read More

Amsterdam police study possible terror motive for stabbings

Police investigators in Amsterdam included an extremist attack as a possible motive for the stabbings of two people at a busy railway station Friday as authorities in the Dutch capital reported that a suspect shot by police is an Afghan citizen. Read More

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