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-Lurid Crime Tales-
The Double Murder That Ended Ally Kostial's Life Is An Indictment Of Abortion Culture
[The Federalist] Many of us were disturbed by the murder of University of Mississippi undergraduate Ally Kostial last week. By all accounts, she was such a deeply kind and beautiful person. What could have possibly been the motivation to kill someone who radiated such powerful goodness?

This week, based on exclusive reporting from The Daily Mail, we learned the answer: Ally was pregnant with the child of the accused killer, a fellow undergraduate at Mississippi. He reportedly pressured her to have an abortion. She refused. So it appears he killed her and their prenatal child, in a reprehensible double murder.

For those who have qualms about using this term to describe his alleged action, recall the famous case in which Scott Peterson was charged with double murder by the state of California when he killed his wife Laci and their prenatal child Connor‐who, horrifically, was found to have plastic around his neck and a slash to his body. Indeed, Scott Peterson sits on death row today only because the state of California rightly understands Connor to be a second murder victim.

Despite the high-profile nature of such cases, our culture is still not fully aware of the danger in which pregnant women find themselves‐particularly in a patriarchal throwaway culture in which abortion is an expected means of permitting people to live their lives without the "burden" (or, as President Obama once put it, "punishment") of a child.

Indeed, the double murder that killed Ally and her prenatal child is tragically typical example of how abortion rights have so grossly affected our culture‐although you can be forgiven for not realizing this, given how poorly abortion is covered by most major media organizations.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2019 01:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Orange Man "couldn't win" either, but he did.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2019 1:45 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
CNN Business - White Robots Are Raaaaacist
(CNN Business) Have you ever noticed the popularity of white robots?

You see them in films like Will Smith's "I, Robot" and Eve from "Wall-E." Real-life examples include Honda's Asimo, UBTECH's Walker, Boston Dynamics' Atlas, and even NASA's Valkyrie robot. All made of shiny white material. And some real-life humanoid robots are modeled after white celebrities, such as Audrey Hepburn and Scarlett Johansson.

The reason for these shades of technological white may be racism, according to new research.

"Robots And Racism," a study conducted by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) and published by the country's University of Canterbury, suggests people perceive physically human-like robots to have a race and therefore apply racial stereotypes to white and black robots.
These colors have been found to trigger social cues that determine how humans react to and behave toward other people and also, apparently, robots.

"The bias against black robots is a result of bias against African-Americans," lead researcher Christoph Bartneck explained to The Next Web. He told CNN, "It is amazing to see how people who had no prior interaction with robots show racial bias towards them."

The researchers think this is an issue that needs to be addressed. "If robots are supposed to function as teachers, friends, or carers, for instance, then it will be a serious problem if all of these roles are only ever occupied by robots that are racialized as White," according to the study.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2019 06:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Have we finally jumped the shark wit these constant cries of 'racism', or is there some new ridiculous connection yet to be made between the color white and dark, evil 'racist' forces?
Posted by: Raj || 08/03/2019 6:58 Comments || Top||

#2  And - does anyone at all out there doubt for even a millisecond if the robots were painted black it would also be evidence of racism & slavery?
Posted by: Raj || 08/03/2019 7:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Can I get a rayciss white robot to serve me my Russiaburger?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/03/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#4  it might also be the fact that the raw plastic pellets are cheaper than colors, and keeping color consistency between batches costs money: so it boils down to asimple business decision.
Posted by: Dopey Slavitch3302 || 08/03/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||

#5  I just realized my refrigerator is white. I denounce both my implicit racism and the institutionalized racism of the Kenmore corporation.

No disrespect to NZ or the Uni of Canterbury, but may y'all should just go back to bothering sheep and leave the rest of us alone. Wait, sheep are white, too! Oh Noes!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/03/2019 9:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Um... have these geniuses considered that robots resemble home appliances, and that shiny large home appliances have traditionally been colored white?

That the whole product category is called White Goods for that reason?
Posted by: Lex || 08/03/2019 10:20 Comments || Top||

#7  You want pasty white self-hating SJWs? Couldn't do worse than NZ Academia
Posted by: Frank G || 08/03/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#8  IIRC, the word ROBOT comes from the Czech word robota, meaning forced labor - i.e., slave! So we are seeing white slaves.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/03/2019 10:37 Comments || Top||

#9  "Robots And Racism," a study conducted by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory

It's a rather blatant way to slack off on readily-agreed-to research grants. You have to wonder if it's because of the nincompoops scamming their way into universities. Interface technology research should focus more on enabling disabled or challenged users... or anything but politically correct color schemes for the plastic covers of machines.

You know why the film didn't have ne...afric... Wakandan terminators ? Because Skynet discovered fair skin continued to inspire more trust.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/03/2019 10:52 Comments || Top||

The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh as told by Columbia Univ. head of Iranian Studies
[Aljazeera] Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

Skipping down to what Aljazeer's Hamid Dabashi sites as proof:

Now let's look at some of these "attempts to lighten the mood":

"British women can't cook"

"Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed" (during the 1981 recession).

"You are a woman, aren't you?" (in Kenya after accepting a small gift from a local woman).

"If you stay here much longer you'll all be slitty-eyed" (to a group of British students during a royal visit to China).

"You can't have been here that long, you haven't got pot belly" (to a Briton he met in Hungary).

"Aren't most of you descended from pirates?" (to a wealthy islander in the Cayman Islands).

"How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test" (to a Scottish driving instructor).

"It looks as if it was put in by an Indian" (referring to an old-fashioned fuse box in a factory near Edinburgh).

"Still throwing spears?" (question put to an Aboriginal Australian during a visit).

"There's a lot of your family in tonight" (after looking at the name badge of businessman Atul Patel at a Palace reception for British Indians).

"The Philippines must be half-empty as you're all here running the NHS" (on meeting a Filipino nurse at Luton and Dunstable Hospital).
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2019 05:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, he's dead on about British cuisine (lack thereof) and the Scots...
Posted by: Raj || 08/03/2019 7:02 Comments || Top||

#2  And the fuse box in Edinburgh. I can picture it.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/03/2019 11:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Some of these remarks are funny. Others are true.

But his 1981 remark about unemployed fellow Britons during the worst postwar recession to that time was more than clueless.

Coming from a lifelong freeloader bankrolled by the people of Britain, his let 'em eat cake remark did a lot to turn his nation from respecting the monarchy to questioning whether it ought to be allowed to exist any longer.

He should have been bitch-slapped for that remark. By a couple of Welsh coal miners.
Posted by: Lex || 08/03/2019 12:14 Comments || Top||

#4  I wouldn't call him a freeloader. From what I understand he served in the Royal Navy during WWII and was reluctant to leave it when he married Elizabeth.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/03/2019 15:47 Comments || Top||

Drug Companies ‘Fear-Mongering' to Resist Trump Administration Plan to Allow Import of Pharmaceutical Drugs
[Epoch Times] The proposal to implement a pharmaceutical drug import plan by the Trump administration is being met with opposition by drug makers and researchers who call the plan a dangerous scheme.

But Marc-André Gagnon, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at Carleton University in Ontario, Canada, and Master of Advanced Studies in Economics, said he doesn’t buy into all the negativity.

"There’s a bit of a fear-mongering campaign in Canada that this type of proposal will be a catastrophe, people will die, the pharmacy shelves will be empty," said Gagnon. "So it’s all about drug shortages in Canada."
OR it's a move that will more evenly spread the costs past the American consumers. Why should foreigners receive discounts while the citizens of the country that created the drugs pay more? "Because they can"
The proposed program would allow states, pharmacies, and drug distributors to develop pilot programs to import drugs from other countries, primarily Canada.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2019 01:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is for TW

Yes R&D can run into the billions however you can carry forward losses to protect future profits on successful drugs

The point is that GAAP says R&D is a sunk cost and should not be used to determine the costs of the drug. If you spent 200 million in R&D on drug x in 2013, it has been deducted or recouped in tax deductions so that it should not be used as a cost when the drug goes to market in 2019.

R&D is annualized and deducted every year not cumulatively
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/03/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Thank you, Sock Puppet of Doom. The issue, as I am now seeing it from our slow motion discussion, is the difference of approach between accounting and return on investment. What think you of this:

Return on investment falls for pharmaceutical industry
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2019 10:56 Comments || Top||

#3  If done, then drug companies would raise prices on drugs sold elsewhere in order to maintain overall supply/demand/cost/price structure.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/03/2019 13:59 Comments || Top||

#4  I suspect Drug companies are a bit more afraid of the Democrat candidate plans at this point.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/03/2019 15:10 Comments || Top||

What Is The WH Special Envoy On Hostage Affairs Doing At The A$AP Rocky Trial In Sweden?
[Hot Air] So embarrassing. And doubly embarrassing is the fact that every righty in the country would have taken a rhetorical flamethrower to Obama if he had pulled this swampy garbage.

Skipping down a few paras to the potential connection:

Robert O’Brien gamely tried to defend his presence at the trial to reporters who asked why a hostage negotiator was involved in a non-hostage non-negotiation situation: "I also help free people that are held by governments, so unjustly detained Americans." But that’s just it. There’s no evidence that Rocky has been unjustly detained, whatever Kanye might think about the situation. And there’s no reason to believe that he will, or should, go free if he’s convicted.
Update from the Jerusalem Post at noon EDT:
Rapper A$AP Rocky is on his way back to the United States after being released from jail in Sweden, US President Donald Trump said on Friday.
A Swedish judge ordered the performer, producer and model, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, to be released from custody until a verdict in his assault trial is announced on Aug. 14.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2019 01:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6523 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is a pander and a stupid one at that. OTOH, it's a harmless annoyance to the Swedish government, not a huge bigfoot job.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/03/2019 7:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Exit quotation from Drezner: “President Trump has always prioritized celebrity over the national interest. This episode merely gilds the lily.”

Maybe he prioritized the activity over a golf game, or watching the (D) debates.

But Mrs. Bobby would agree with Drezner.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/03/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Of course that Eeyore Squish Pu$$y Allahpundit wrote this. If Trump had done nothing, he's criticize that too. F him
Posted by: Frank G || 08/03/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Watch the video of the entire incident. A US citizen was relentlessly harassed by Muslims, until he reacted, and was jailed by the Islamofascist Swedes.

He was jailed for a month with no bail.

Trump was right and Sweden is a no-go state.
Posted by: Regular joe || 08/03/2019 10:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Might also be a harmless play for some of the inner-city vote. Counting on people like Allahpundit to blow this out of proportion.
Posted by: Charles || 08/03/2019 10:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Regular Joe has it right -- this is precisely the kind of situation the US government should be interested in. I may not be a fan of hip hop culture, but I saw the video, and it was clearly self defense AFTER a hard try to just walk away.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/03/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#7  Agree that this was right and proper.
Don't f--- with our citizens.
Not only but especially when they've done nothing wrong.
Posted by: Lex || 08/03/2019 12:16 Comments || Top||

#8  This "entertainer" has called for the assassination of Trump in his "music".

Did Flynn ever get pardoned?

Have the MAGA people getting attacked received any backup beyond "monitoring"?

This looks suspiciously like the standard issue basic bitch Republican "ignore the base to expand the base" strategy that we could have gotten from ¡Yeb!.

Which has been a blazing success for the all the decades in which it has been used.
Posted by: charger || 08/03/2019 13:10 Comments || Top||

#9  Hear, hear, Charger...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/03/2019 13:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Eurines don't like Americans, though they do have vast expectations of what we can do for them. Whether this individual was in the right or not, like a hockey fight, it's usually the response, not the provocation, that draws the penalty. Not saying it's fair, but in a lot of places anyone at the US embassy would have advised avoiding such a situation.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/03/2019 13:18 Comments || Top||

#11  This wasn't hockey; it was Americans being harassed by Muslims in the streets of Sweden.

If the State Department's position is that Americans can't defend themselves when assualted, then what the fook are they doing there?
Posted by: Regular joe || 08/03/2019 14:59 Comments || Top||

#12  Too bad Trump isn't doing anything for supporters being harassed in the streets right here in America.

But then, those Americans aren't celebrity pals of celebrity pals(Kanye) of Trump's.
Posted by: charger || 08/03/2019 15:28 Comments || Top||

#13  What Regular Joe said.

Swedes don't have to worry about American rappers rioting in their country but their "immigrant population" is another matter.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/03/2019 15:54 Comments || Top||

#14  Maybe now A$AP Rocky and some of his cohorts will reconsider whether or not the Orange Man really is all that racist. Worth a try if for no other reason than to deliver a wake up call to the Swedes.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/03/2019 16:00 Comments || Top||

#15  most of us can take care of ourself charger. Exactly like this guy did.
Posted by: chris || 08/03/2019 16:18 Comments || Top||

#16  Also,isn't trump trying too declare Antifa a domestic terrorist organization? I think that would qualify as taking care of citizens here.

Posted by: chris || 08/03/2019 16:21 Comments || Top||

#17  #14 Maybe now A$AP Rocky and some of his cohorts will reconsider whether or not the Orange Man really is all that racist. Worth a try if for no other reason than to deliver a wake up call to the Swedes.

What are the odds, though?

#15 most of us can take care of ourself charger. Exactly like this guy did.

Yes, and then get arrested and thrown in jail for self-defense.

Posted by: charger || 08/03/2019 16:21 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Rush: Nobody Thinks Anybody on That Democrat Debate Stage Can Win'
[Breitbart] Thursday during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s "Hannity," conservative talker Rush Limbaugh pointed to all the signs suggesting a lack of confidence in the 2020 Democratic presidential field.

Limbaugh said the most telling sign was that some are calling on former first lady Michelle Obama to enter the contest.

"You know it’s bad when Rahm Emanuel has to go on TV today and criticize these people for being nuts with this agenda," he said. "I mean, Gloria Borger on CNN after the debate, ’Where was the inspiration?’ There isn’t any inspiration. People need to understand how the Democrats see America. This is the thing that just boggles my mind. They look out over this landscape. They see nothing but suffering. They don’t see anybody other than in pain, victims of this, victims of that. Then they position themselves as the people who are going to fix it and get even with the other people ‐ us ‐ who have caused all of this misery. And there isn’t anything they talk about that involves improving life. They talk about jobs, not careers. They do not offer anybody anything uplifting, and they haven’t created a group of voters that even thinks uplifting. Their voter group is mired in all kinds of misery, injustice to the point they’re covering up George Washington in murals in San Francisco, rather than cleaning the human feces off the streets out there."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2019 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Of course. They're products of a marxist education with anti-establishment acid running through their veins. Just a rant, but bear with me. I'm proof that if people as far as India can see it, it's pretty obvious who's the good guys.

Like communists back in the 60s, they are standing in the middle of a booming economy, witness to evolving tech and medicine, watching the world run 'just fine, thank you.'

Suddenly they find their whole disposition challenged by reality.

They rush to alter it. They can't create victims fast enough.

They bring up the racist past vehemently. Current prospects for all people and modernity itself compels people to forget bygones.

They use the media and hollywood to report that everything is NOT fine, revolution is in order ! The juxtaposing of a heroin fueled technicolor unreality with their revisionist dogma leads to further disillusionment in the public and their entire ethos becomes a dead horse. Netflix sells, but instead of normalizing their narrative, it ends up overdoing and pastelizing it, and the current generation goes "Ho Hum..."

I see them standing up there, trying to shout, yodel, screech different versions of the same marxist tale of "Wolf ! Wolf !" - a cacophony of lies and desperate yarns. Punctuated with second-rate humor and playing to several galleries of despicable pressure groups.

As leaders, they were selfish poseurs, as administrators/reps they were robbers. Cheap impressions of human beings, they all deserve to be winnowed from politics altogether.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/03/2019 3:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Just look at 'Medicare For All' and I'd love to ask Comrade Bernie an obvious question: "So, you're going to replace one failed national healthcare program (Obamacare) with... another one?'

Like the great push to Communism itself, they constantly double down on failure. This time, it'll be different!
Posted by: Raj || 08/03/2019 7:09 Comments || Top||

#3  I said quite a while ago that I expect the "yeti" to be brought in to save the situation. But that's the same creature who admits to never having been proud of America until Zero was elected.

I can't imagine she's proud now, so what uplifting could we expect from her? More of the same "You're all racists and miserable, vote for me!!" doesn't seem to be a winning message.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/03/2019 7:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Rush: Nobody Thinks Anybody on That Democrat Debate Stage Can Win'

And thus why the 'fix' is always in. See - citizenship question.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/03/2019 9:27 Comments || Top||

#5  The question is, if you are one fo the corrupt but sane members of the Democrat party and you know you will lose (Presidents always win re-election since Bush Sr flopped for not being Reagan) what do you do?
Try to use these fools to fill the DNC coffers?
Try to get them to go so far left they are out of the way next election?
Try to use as much DNC money in the House and Senate races instead of the Presidential?
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/03/2019 13:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Remember George Zimmerman who suddenly became a (quote) White Latino (un-quote) instead of a normal Person of Color™? How are they going to push Slavery Reparations that will be paid by successful Latinos (or at least will end up be paid from money that could go to them)?

The policy of balkanizing the body politic tends to have nasty results. Just look at what a mess the Ottomans left wherever they ruled.
Posted by: magpie || 08/03/2019 16:50 Comments || Top||

#7  It's not a matter of which one could win an election.
It's a matter of who Google wants to give it to.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/03/2019 16:54 Comments || Top||

The Turkish precedent
[Jpost] Russia’s S-400 sale to Ankara ‐ and the US response ‐ should worry Jerusalem.

There are a few important lessons for Israel, the Middle East and the West to draw from the supply of the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft batteries delivered to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
in July. One is that Turkey can’t be trusted as a Western ally. The second is that the US president’s foreign policy, if he has any at all, is crumbling. World leaders don’t take Donald Trump
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Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  The Turkish government made a choice. The American vice is slowly squeezing. The decision already cost the Turks a $1.5 billion helo export order and $10 billion in F-35 production. Maybe Israel has a better solution but is too shy to tell us.
Posted by: Glomosh Munster6010 || 08/03/2019 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Has anybody seen Erdogan lately since his rumored heart attack?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/03/2019 2:14 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 08/03/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Unless the S-400 in the hands of Turks is significantly different from the S-300 in the hands of Syrians, the Israelis have nothing to fear from it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/03/2019 16:14 Comments || Top||

#5  As I understand it - it's the handover of tech to their new Russian masters via S-400 and F-35 tech that's the problem. Yippy needs killing
Posted by: Frank G || 08/03/2019 17:51 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Families say Purdue Pharma must pay reparations be ‘held accountable'
BOSTON (AP) ‐ They came bearing oversized images of the sons and daughters they lost to drug overdoses and signs demanding justice from the pharmaceutical company they hold most responsible.

The parents and their supporters rallied outside a Boston courthouse Friday as a judge heard arguments in Massachusetts’ lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, over its role in the national opioid epidemic.

"Unless you’ve lost a child, you don’t know what that pain is like," said Kathleen Scarpone, a New Hampshire resident whose 25-year-old son died of an overdose in 2015, just a few years after serving as a Marine in Afghanistan. "You wake up every day and your heart breaks a little. I don’t want anyone to ever feel that."

Scarpone was among more than 100 people gathered in front of Suffolk County Superior Court through the daylong hearing. The group laid poster boards filled with photos of hundreds of Massachusetts overdose victims on the courthouse steps.

Some held signs saying, "Sack the Sacklers," referring to the wealthy family that owns Purdue Pharma and whose name is emblazoned across major institutions such as the Smithsonian, Guggenheim and Harvard from years of philanthropy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2019 06:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6541 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The product was willfully - not accidentally - misused. Same issue as with gun liability. The manufacturer in no way facilitated or encouraged the misuse. Automobiles, liquor, makeup and even money itself are just as easy to misuse, yet no one calls for the manufacturer of those things to be held liable for what the mis-user does.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/03/2019 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  True, but they're known highly-addictive drugs. The doctors who overprescribe and don't monitor their consumption, as well as the black market distributors certainly have liability
Posted by: Frank G || 08/03/2019 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Pharma knowingly manufactures 100s of times the statistical requirement for these opioids

They don’t care as long as doctors write prescriptions and someone pays for it they don’t care

And they pay doctors kickbacks for the number of prescriptions they write
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/03/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#4  I agree with #2-3. Where is the gummint in this? Don't they regulate this stuff?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/03/2019 9:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Where is the gummint in this?

Watching their 'Big Pharma' portfolio dividends explode.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Not to let Purdue off the hook, but the DEA should have been on top of the over production and over prescription as well, especially when the bodies of OD victims started stacking up. Gotta wonder why so many doctors over prescribed unless they thought they could get away with it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/03/2019 16:07 Comments || Top||

#7  I always recommend taking a look at:

In the pipeline
Derek Lowe's commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry. An editorially independent blog from the publishers of Science Translational Medicine. All content is Derek’s own, and he does not in any way speak for his employer.

Derek Lowe is a research chemist who works in Big Pharma so he has some interesting insights.
Posted by: magpie || 08/03/2019 17:38 Comments || Top||

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  TTP warns against playing music, women going out alone in Miramshah
Thu 2019-08-01
  Iran slashes four zeroes from rial currency over inflation
Wed 2019-07-31
  Breaking : Hamza Bin Laden Dead.
Tue 2019-07-30
  Accused 9/11 mastermind open to role in victims' lawsuit if not executed
Mon 2019-07-29
   British warship arrives in Gulf to escort UK-flagged vessels
Sun 2019-07-28
  15 killed in Islamist militant attack in Burkina Faso
Sat 2019-07-27
  U.N. says air strikes by Syria, allies killed more than 100 civilians
Fri 2019-07-26
  Libya Militia Arrests al-Qaida Leaders
Thu 2019-07-25
  Shabaab tries to assassinate US diplomat
Wed 2019-07-24
  Libya government forces say repel Haftar attack on Tripoli
Tue 2019-07-23
  Iraq arrests Islamic State cell, including Baghdadi aide, in Nineveh
Mon 2019-07-22
  Iran claims to catch 17 CIA spies, sentences some to death
Sun 2019-07-21
  Kurdistan: Killer of senior Turkish diplomat arrested
Sat 2019-07-20
  Saudi King approves additional deployment of US troops

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