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Spanish town hosts annual Festival of Near-Death Experiences

A small Spanish village known as Santa Marta de Ribarteme near the border with Portugal hosted its annual Festival of Near-Death Experiences on Sunday. The annual ritual is said to be a pilgrimage of Santa Marta, the patron saint of resurrection–hundreds of participants give thanks or ask for relief from ailments. People who have faced […]

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Teen activist turned icon released

Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi and her mother have been released from an Israeli prison. Tamimi became a household name after her arrest while she served an 8-month-sentence, celebrating her 17th birthday behind bars. Last December, Ahed Tamimi, then aged 16, was arrested after footage of her slapping and kicking a fully-armed Israeli soldier in […]

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Police warn people against Kiki challenge after injuries reported

Police around the world are warning people against doing the so-called “Kiki challenge” as many are filming themselves jumping out of cars to take part in the social media craze, resulting in injuries. The challenge kicked off online in late June after Youtube comedian Shiggy filmed himself dancing in the street to Drake’s “In my […]

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MH370 families are ‘none the wiser’ after 495-page report is released

LONDON — The anguish of families of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was prolonged Monday as an official accident report offered no new findings to explain the disappearance. Investigators said the lack of debris from the doomed flight made it impossible to reach any conclusions about what happened to the Boeing 777 at […]

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An impatient Trump drives U.S. push for Afghan peace talks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s impatience with the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan has prompted U.S. diplomats and commanders to gamble on a bid to kick-start peace negotiations, including holding direct talks with the Taliban, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News. The Taliban has so far welcomed the American overtures and plan to meet […]

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Croatia aims to escape 20-year World Cup shadow by beating Russia

By Tim BoothThe Associated Press Fri., July 6, 2018 SOCHI, Russia—Twenty years ago, Croatia made its World Cup debut with a result that happened only once previously in the tournament’s history and has never been topped. Finishing in third place the first time it participated in soccer’s biggest showcase set a lofty standard. Luka Modric […]

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Former student athletes say Ohio State University doctor groped men for years

COLUMBUS, OHIO—On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a team doctor and sports-medicine researcher. Some former athletes recall him differently: Locker-room voyeur. Serial groper. “Dr. Jelly Paws.” In interviews with The Associated Press in recent weeks, seven former athletes and a former nursing student […]

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Trudeau to meet with Tory to talk refugee resettlement

By The Canadian Press Fri., July 6, 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with Toronto Mayor John Tory this morning, against the backdrop of the city’s escalating gun violence and Ontario’s clashes with Ottawa over carbon pricing and refugee resettlement. Trudeau met yesterday with newly elected Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who earlier in the […]

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Shree Paradkar: Whataboutism is just a trolling tactic — and it deserves to be shut down

This much is for sure: there’s no dearth of injustices around the world. But just when you tackle the proverbial elephant, up pops this logical fallacy: “What about that other bit here, what about that bit there?” When I, as a Canadian from India, write about racism and white supremacy, the predictable question is, “But […]

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Donald Trump makes 100 false claims for second consecutive week

WASHINGTON – Until this month, U.S. President Donald Trump had not made more than 60 false claims in any single week of his presidency. He has now made 100 false claims in each of the last two weeks. After shattering his old record by uttering an astonishing 103 false claims two weeks ago, an average […]